Types of Sleep Aids

Once suffering from insomnia and other sleep disorders such as Narcolepsy, sleep apnea, Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), snoring, Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep (PLMS) et al, it becomes an urgent necessity to approach the doctor and undergo treatment in accordance with his instructions.

The doctor may recommend sleeping pills available on prescription such as Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta to treat your insomnia but altogether there are other specific sleep aids available in the market that you can get hold of and treat your sleep disorder.

The sleep aids that are commonly used for treating various sleep disorders are included in the following categories:

  • Prescription-Based Sleeping Pills
  • Over-The-Counter Sleeping Aids
  • Natural Sleep Aids

Prescription-Based Sleeping Pills
Some of the extensively used prescription-based sleeping pills are Ambien, Ambien CR, Lunesta and Sonata. All these sleeping pills save people from the claws of insomnia by unleashing effects on specific chemicals present in the brain that may become unbalanced at times and trigger off insomnia.

And as these sleeping pills have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) as effective treatments of insomnia, they can be opted for by people suffering from insomnia without any doubt over their efficacy.

Types of Sleep Aids

Over-The-Counter Sleeping Aids

The over-the-counter sleep aids that are extensively used for treating insomnia are particularly, Unisom, Tylenol Pm, Nytol and Sominex.

To use the over-the-counter sleep aids for treating insomnia, a prescription from the doctor is not necessary but to ensure safe and effective usage of these medicines, they are to be administered in accordance with the instructions of the physician only.

Natural Sleep Aids
Natural Sleep Aids are sleep aids that are available naturally and yield their effects in a completely natural process to rescue people from the shackles of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Some of the popular natural sleep aids are,

  • Valerian
  • Chamomile
  • The Passion Flower
  • Tryptophan
  • Melatonin
  • 5-HTP

To treat sleeping disorders with natural sleep aids in the best effective manner, herbs and herbal extracts are to be used as per the instructions of a herbalist.

Further, for effective results, the natural sleep aids other than herbs and herbal supplements should be used in accordance with the instructions of a specialist of natural medicine.