Medication For Sleep Disorders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Sleep medication can be a wonderful miracle to someone suffering from a sleep disorder. Many of these medications can be very dangerous, though, if taken incorrectly and directions should be followed explicitly. Most sleep doctors and experts recommend medicine to improve sleep only as a very last resort, after all other efforts have failed.

That said, finally getting good sleep can be priceless for someone who hasn't been getting restful sleep. Sleep is the time when your body restores itself. Sleep that's not restful doesn't give your body a chance to restore itself after the punishments of a long day. If you still feel worn out after a full night's sleep, your body's not getting the restoration it needs. As a result, you could be vulnerable to a host of other health problems.

Types of Sleep Aids

Hypnotics are sleep aids prescribed by a doctor. They are sedatives and tranquilizers and can be habit forming. The most unfortunate circumstance of hypnotics is that they lose their effect once the body has grown accustomed to them. This requires either upping the dosage, which can be dangerous, or stopping the medication altogether and starting back at square one.

There are many different kinds of over the counter sleep aids. Medicines like Nytol and Sominex are geared specifically toward people having trouble sleeping. Other medications like Tylenol P.M. are sold as a pain reliever and sleep aid. Antihistamines can also be used as a mild sedative: you've probably noticed that most of them list drowsiness as a side effect. Be sure that you're not taking the non-drowsy version of these medicines, though.


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