What are Sleeping Tablets / Sleeping Pills?

Sleeping Pills or Sleeping Tablets are scientifically termed as Hypnotic Sedatives. Also, these medicines are the most sought-after medications among patients with a sleep disorder.

Particularly, those who can’t fall asleep easily sometimes get too dependent on these sleeping medications. However, on occasions, the outcomes are not in favour. In general, sleeping disorder is a generic term used to describe any condition where the person is unable to fall asleep naturally. Hence, they are bound to choose the resort on the alternatives of pharmaceutical products. In addition, sleeping tablets actually help to restore the chemical balance in the neurotransmitters. Also, these medicines help to improve the sleep-wake cycles of the ailing individual.

How Do Sleeping Pills Work And Help Us?

Particularly, the active ingredients of the sleeping pills work directly on the central nervous system of the brain. Also, these pills attenuate the level of stress or anxiety. In addition to this, the main compound of any sleeping medication exudes the required chemicals to pacify the turmoil of thoughts in the brain. Moreover, these medicines promote a calming effect and help the cells to relax. In general, few Sleeping pills consist of those compounds, which induce sleep. Above all, sleeping pills help an individual retain sound sleep with ease.

Effective Drug class For Sleep disorders

Particularly, sleep disorder is a general term we use to explain the messed up routines of sleeping habits in a person.  Moreover, a sleep disorder can be further classified into three categories:-

  1. Insomnia
  2. Hypersomnia
  3. Nightmares

Here, we will shed light on Insomnia more, since the majority of the population is affected by this specific kind of sleep disorder.

In other words, Insomnia is a common name among working professionals today where people are grinding out duties in the rotational shifts. Particularly, such working schedules often cause insomnia to anyone and strand the person in a restless state. In this case, a person can’t either sleep peacefully or work properly. Also, such conditions escalate into the decline of the immunity level in the body and can devastate the whole lifestyle. 

Non-Medical Treatment Options for Insomnia

Above all, if the degree of ailment is not acute, then non-medical treatment may be considered. In particular, this includes relaxing training—where the patient is taught to systematically relax the muscles in different areas of the body. Also, Stimulus Control is another non-medical technique to treat insomnia. Generally, this helps the affected person maintain an association between the bedroom and sleep by limiting the types of activities inside the bedroom.

Let’s Know About Some Medical Options For Escalated Stages Of Insomnia

Generally, Insomnia easily escalates to a severity where these non-medical methods become futile. Moreover, the affected person requires potent medications to improve the state of health. In this case, doctors and medical experts recommend benzodiazepines and barbiturates class of drugs to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Furthermore, a recent study reveals anxiety to be the genesis of sleep disorder. In particular, Benzodiazepines class of drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium are proven most effective to deal with anxiety issues. Also, other hypnotics may also suit some individuals, but a doctor’s consultation before trying any novelty can be a smart move.

In conclusion, let’s have a look at some popular sleeping aids. These are widely used to treat sleeping disorders. However, the properties of these medications may slightly vary:

Popular Sleeping Aids Immediately Puts You To Sleep Prolong The Sleep Duration    Addiction Level

Ambien (Zolpidem)




Restoril  (temazepam)









Most Recommended Sleeping drugs with their generic names and effects
Brand Generic Name Doses Effect Approval
Zolpidem 5 mg, 10 mg Helps to fall asleep. Also,  induce sound sleep FDA
Diazepam 2mg, 5 mg, 10 mg Anti-anxiety, pain-relief. Also, helps to sleep FDA
Zimovane, Imovane
Zopiclone 3.5 mg to 7.5 mg Helps to fall asleep and induce sleep FDA
Alprazolam 0.25mg to 3 mg Anti-anxiety and helps to sleep FDA
Codral Cold & Flu Original
Codeine 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, 60mg Pain relief and induce sleep FDA
Ultram, Conzip, Rybix ODT
Tramadol 50mg, 100mg Pain relief and induce sleep FDA

Roz Halari

Dr Roz Halari is a consultant neurpsychologist practising in Central London. Dr Halari has vast clinical experience covering the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, autism, alcohol and drug dependency, adult ADHD, PTSD, and eating disorders. She also specialises in the provision of medico-legal reports assessing the cognitive and emotional impact of trauma, accidents, assult and abuse.

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