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Getting Help With Sleeping Pill Addictions

Sleeping pills are available as over-the-counter (OTC) medications and as controlled medications that require prescriptions from medical practitioners.

Self-medication with OTC medications fluctuates between mild temporary success and total failure. It is best to solicit intervention by professional health practitioners.

Types of Prescribed Sleeping Pills

Prominent brand name sleeping pills include the non-benzodiazepines Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata, as well as Amytal (a barbiturate), and Rozerem.

Rozerem works like melatonin, a natural human hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycles. It has weaker side-effects than other sleep medications, for instance it is less addictive, and this makes it a preferred sleep medication.

Uppers and Downers

All mood-altering drugs fit into one of the following utilitarian groups:

  1. Stimulants: Drugs that provide feelings of energy, vitality and alertness.
  2. Depressants: Drugs that depress the nervous system and calm you down.

People who do not get enough sleep, tend to use stimulants to keep them awake when they have duties to perform, and then switch to depressants when they want to sleep. Mixing drugs often leads to experimentation and unpredictable drug interactions, as well as multiple addictions.

Sleeping Pill Precautions

It is not uncommon for people to underestimate the impact of sleep medications. Improper use of sleep medications can be very dangerous. If you have a serious sleep disorder, you should pay attention to the following:

Acute and chronic cases of insomnia or disruptive sleeping patterns are often related to either physical or psychological issues, or both. The best approach to solving a serious sleeping disorder, is to have it medically and psychologically diagnosed and treated by qualified practitioners in both fields.

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