Insomnia refers to difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep throughout the night. The incidence of this sleeping problem has increased in recent times. However, the sleeping problem is not new and has been prevalent for a long time. Fortunately today, we have sleeping tablets to treat our sleeping problems. In the past decade, the market has been swarmed by new and improved medication that serve as an effective treatment for sleeping disorders. Here we will take a look at four of the most popular sleeping pills that are used to treat insomnia.
Ambien is a sleeping medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as non-benzodiazepines. It is also known by the name of Zolpidem and is generally considered safe and effective for the treatment of insomnia. Ambien offers results within 15 to 30 minutes of taking the medication. The main advantage of non-benzodiazepine medication is that the effect does not last for a long time. So, you will not wake up feeling tired or groggy in the morning. When you take Ambien you can get around seven to eight hours sleep and wake up feeling refreshed the next morning.
Xanax, also known as Alprazolam, is a benzodiazepine medication that is usually prescribed to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders. But since the medication reduces brain activity, it can also be used to treat sleeping disorders. Benzodiazepine medication acts similarly to non-benzodiazepine drugs in inducing sleep. The active ingredient in Benzodiazepine medication acts on the GABA neurotransmitters which slows down the activity of neurons in the brain, allowing you to easily fall asleep at night. The medication usually provides a calming effect within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the medication.
Valium is another benzodiazepine medication that is used for the treatment of both insomnia and anxiety disorders. Also known as Diazepam, the medication is also used to treat various other health complications such as muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures.
Zopiclone belongs to a group of medication called non-benzodiazepines. This medication helps you fall asleep quickly by acting on the GABA transmitters in the central nervous system. When taken before bed time, the medication allows uninterrupted sleep throughout the night. On a final note, the above sleeping medication is suitable as a short term treatment option for insomnia. According to Thomas Roth, MD, Director of the Sleep Disorders and Research Center in Detroit, sleeping tablets do not address underlying problems such as breathing disorders, restless legs syndrome, and others that can cause difficulty in getting to sleep at night. That’s why it’s important that you treat the underlying cause of your condition and don’t only rely on medication to treat your sleeping problems.