Sleeping Tablets

You are not alone if you often find it difficult to sleep at night. Like many people, you may think that taking sleeping tablets is the best solution to your chronic problem. However, there are many types of sleeping tablets which vary in effectiveness and safety. Furthermore, doctors often prescribe these pills only for short-term use. It is also important for you to know what is causing your insomnia and to use a guide to sleeping tablets before you decide which to use.

Different Types of Sleeping Tablets

Your doctor may prescribe sleeping tablets to treat your insomnia. These medications are taken shortly before you go to bed and should not be taken if you plan drive or perform activities that need concentration. You must also keep good sleep practices when using these pills. Here are some common types of sleeping tablets used for insomnia:

Sleeping Tablets


Ambien (zolpidem)

Ambien helps you get to sleep within 15-30 minutes, but like some people, you may wake up in the middle of the night. You may take Ambien CR, an extended release tablet, which helps you stay asleep longer.

Belsomra (suvorexant)

This is a drug that antagonizes the action of a brain chemical called orexin, which regulates your sleep-wake cycle. It, therefore, works by altering the function of orexin, which keeps you awake.

Lunesta (eszopiclone)

This sleeping tablet helps people easily fall asleep and stay asleep for about 7-8 hours. Since it can cause grogginess the following day, the FDA recommends taking no more than 1 mg as a starting dose.

Rozerem (ramelteon)

Rozerem targets the sleep-wake cycle and does not depress brain function. It does not lead to drug abuse or dependence and can be prescribed for long-term use.

Sonata (zaleplon)

Sonata has a short duration of activity in the body, so you can use it to fall asleep anytime you want and wake up without the drowsy feeling. However, its short duration may allow you to wake during the night.

Silenor (doxepine)

Take Silenor if you have trouble staying asleep. It blocks histamine receptors and helps you sleep for 7-8 hours. Dosage may vary with your age, health and response to treatment.

Benzodiazepines (Halcion, Xanax, Restoril, others)

These sleeping tablets are useful for staying asleep longer. They are also effective in treating problems such as night terrors and sleepwalking. However, they may cause daytime sleepiness and drug dependence.

Antidepressants (trazodone, mirtazapine)

Some of these medications are effective in treating anxiety and sleeplessness.

Over-the-Counter Sleeping Tablets

Most of these pills contain antihistamines, which can make you drowsy the next day. They are sold without prescription, but you must take care not to take them with other drugs, such as allergy or medications, which also contain antihistamines.

Concerns About Sleeping Tablets

Both prescription and over-the-counter sleeping tablets carry some risks with them. These include:

How to Use Sleeping Tablets Safely

Here is some advice on how to use sleeping tablets safely:

Note: Ask your doctor for advice if sleeping tablets do not seem to work.

Check out the video below and learn all-natural ways to fall asleep and get high quality sleep from a doctor:


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