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Melatonin for sleep

Overview: Melatonin for sleep Melatonin is, strictly speaking, not a ‘sleeping tablet’. Melatonin is made by the body and is a naturally occurring hormone that increases at night. It is triggered by darkness and its levels remain elevated throughout the night until suppressed by the light of morning. It is involved in helping to regulate […]

Dreaming

Fascination to dreaming We have been fascinated with dreaming for thousands of years and have strived (desperately) to understand the meaning of our dreams. In the Greek and Roman eras, dreams were seen in a religious context and were believed to be messages (and calls for action) from the gods or from the dead. Greek philosopher, […]

CBT for sleep

CBT for sleep Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT for sleep) is an effective treatment for chronic sleep problems. According to many experts it’s the most effective treatment for persistent insomnia but not everyone agrees. Casey Adams  (Ph.D) thinks cognitive approaches can cause harm to our self-esteem and mental stability when (for example) we are being told […]

Antihistamines/OTC for sleep

Overview: antihistamines for sleep These drugs are commonly used to treat allergies such as hay fever. Like most other first-generation antihistamines, this drug also has a powerful hypnotic effect, and for this reason it is often used as a non-prescription sleep aid; especially in the form of diphenhydramine citrate. This ‘side-effect’ is useful in some […]

Alternatives to sleeping pills

Don’t give up your hopes of sleeping naturally! There are several alternatives to medicine to achieve (and learn) better sleep.  According to several studies, sleeping pills remain ineffective in treating long-term insomnia. What’s worse, medicine can actually contribute turning short-term insomnia into long-term insomnia by breaking our (natural) confidence to sleep on our own without […]

Stopping sleeping pills

It’s recommended to stop long-term use of sleeping pills when the original reason for insomnia has gone off and we can assume that insomnia stems from sleeping pills or sleeping pills don’t help any longer. It’s advised to stop using sleeping aid always when there’s motivation to do so. For various reasons, some people have […]

Taking sleeping pills

If you decide to try sleeping pills, sleep aids or sleep medications, talk to your doctor first. When taking sleeping pills and medication, paying attention into following aspects is advisable. General guidelines for taking sleeping pills Other medications: Combining medications can be dangerous.  This includes non-prescription medications such as pain relievers and allergy medicines, as […]

Sleeping pill side effects

Overview of sleeping pill side effects All prescription sleeping pills have side effects, which can vary depending on the specific drug, the dosage, and how long the drug lasts in our system. Sleeping pills have side effects like most medications. Common side effects include headache, muscle aches, constipation, dry mouth, daytime sleepiness, trouble concentrating, dizziness, […]

Z-drugs for sleep

Overview: Z-drugs for sleep Z-drugs are a group of non-benzodiazepine drugs with effects similar to benzodiazepines. They are used in the treatment of insomnia, and their names usually start with the letter “Z”. Some Z drugs may have advantages over benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines actually worsen sleep architecture whereas the Z-drug (such as Zaleplon) may have less […]

Antidepressants for sleep

Overview of antidepressants for sleep Over the last two decades, doctors treating sleep disorders have prescribed more antidepressants for sleep than insomnia drugs, according to several published analyses. A sample of 3,400 physicians’ prescription practices published in the journal Sleep in 2004 showed that antidepressants were approximately 1.53 times more likely to be prescribed by American […]