If you live in the UK, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, and you are suffering from sleepless nights you should read the following article about sleep disorders, their symptoms and causes, the dangers of sleep aids, and where to buy the best sleep aids online, to restore a healthy sleeping pattern.
Insomnia is one of the most commonly diagnosed sleeping disorders by UK Doctors. Symptoms include the difficulty getting to sleep (this is known as sleep onset insomnia) or inability to stay asleep (known as sleep maintenance insomnia) with its victims often experiencing frequent awakenings throughout the night, waking up each day feeling drained and tired.
Common causes of insomnia range from emotional feelings such as feelings of stress, anxiety or guilt, to physical feelings such as pain from an injury are all commonly reported causes of insomnia.
Studies show that sleep disorders like insomnia, if left to develop to the stage of 'sleep deprivation', have numerous negative physical and mental health aspects including but not limited to serious conditions depression, chronic anxiety and irritability or feelings of anger.
Based on prescriptions issued by UK doctors and GP's and sales of over the counter sleep medicine between 2010 and 2020, it is estimated that over one third of the UK population is regularly using sleep aids, of some description, to get a healthy night';s sleep.
If you have ever asked yourself the question, 'do I have insomnia?', then you must have experienced some form of sleeping problem?
To understand if you have insomnia you need to think about your sleeping pattern.
If you experience difficulty getting to sleep once in a blue moon / once every few weeks or months then you most likely have acute insomnia and this normally passes without the need to worry too much about negative health aspects.
If on the other hand you experience difficulty sleeping on a regular basis or if you experience frequent awakenings throughout the night then you are suffering from more serious forms of the seeping disorder known as sleep onset insomnia and sleep maintenance insomnia.
If you are experiencing regular disruptions to your sleeping pattern, and you feel that you aren't getting enough sleep, then you probably have insomnia.
Continue reading to find out why we sleep and how much sleep you actually need.
In general, it is widely recommended that adults should aim to get around 7 - 8 hours' sleep each night.
The reason for this is quite simple: our body needs time to relax and repair itself and this can only be done while we sleep.
Extended periods of not getting a healthy 7 - 8 hours'; sleep can lead to the body's inability to effectively repair itself, which can lead to a weakened immune system along with other serious mental conditions such as depression, chronic anxiety and irritability or feelings of anger.
There are many ways to induce sleep naturally and one of the best ways is to develop and stick to a daily exercise regime, after getting into a regular exercise routine many people find that their symptoms of insomnia reduce drastically.
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet, and eating at the right time can have a significant impact on your sleep cycle.
If after exhausting all other avenues, you are still experiencing insomnia on a regular basis, you might want to talk to your doctor about sleep medicine / sleep aids to correct your sleep cycle and get a healthy night';s sleep.
Sleep aids are a type of approved medicine that is specially formulated to either induce sleep, promote sleep or prevent frequent awakenings in individuals experiencing either onset insomnia or sleep maintenance insomnia.
Some common sleep aids like Diazepam are known to induce sleep effectively but they might not stop users from waking up during the night, while other sleeping tablets like Zopiclone and Zolpidem are known to help people get to sleep and also help people stay asleep, reducing the amount of times you wake-up throughout the night.
Both of these popular sleep aids - Zopiclone and Zolpidem - come from a class of medications called 'Z drugs', or non-benzodiazepine sleep medicine. Z drugs are much newer than the traditional Benzo sleep medicines and are thought to carry much less chance of developing addiction or dependence.
In general sleep aids work on receptors in the brain to slow down the nervous system, which makes the patient feel more relaxed, and helps to induce sleep.
Z-Drugs like Zopiclone and Zolpidem were specially formulated and designed to offer its users a full, uninterrupted 8-hours of sleep, and they should not be taken unless you have this much time before you need to wake up.
Both of these medications should be taken just before going to bed as they work very quickly. Patients generally report feeling drowsy effects after 15 - 20 minutes and most patients are asleep in under 30 min when using these sleep medicines.
All sleep aids, whether they are FDA approved prescription only pills, or available over the counter (OTC) without a prescription, carry some dangers, but when these medications are used as intended (in accordance with the patient information and guidance leaflet) they are in general considered an extremely safe, fast and effective way of treating sleep onset insomnia, sleep maintenance insomnia and even chronic insomnia.
Sleep medicines are designed for correcting, and restoring a natural sleeping pattern over a short period of time and are not designed to be used for long periods of time otherwise there is a danger of building up a tolerance to the medication.
As mentioned above if sleep aids are taken for extended periods of time (longer than 4 weeks maximum) there is an increased risk of users building up a tolerance - meaning you will need to take more of the medication to get the same effects as you first experienced.
Furthermore, extended usage of sleep medicine can eventually lead to dependence / addiction. To remove the chance of becoming addicted it is important that you read and follow the patient information guideline.
To start with you have 4 weeks to correct your sleeping pattern and inside this 4 week period you need a solid plan to gradually build up the dose of sleep medicine, correct your sleeping pattern, and gradually reduce the dose of sleep medicine to nothing by the end of the 4 weeks.
By having this plan in place, and following it, you will have corrected your sleeping pattern without the added worry about becoming addicted to the sleeping medication.
In general, Z drugs, or non-benzodiazepines are considered the best sleep aids in the UK, with around 70% of UK insomniacs preferring to use Zopiclone or Zolpidem to restore their sleeping patterns.
The next most popular, or best sleep aids in the UK, are benzodiazepines such as Nitrazepam and Diazepam with about 25% of UK insomniacs preferring these over non-benzodiazepine sleep aids.
Lastly, or the least popular sleep aids in the UK, are of the natural, herbal or over the counter variety such as melatonin tablets with about 5% of UK insomniacs using this form of insomnia treatment.
Buying both benzodiazepine and non-benzodiazepine sleep aids online in the UK nowadays has never been so easy, or so affordable.
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