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Everything You Need to Know about Sleeping Tablets Trouble sleeping? You’re not alone. There are many people who have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. This is a serious problem because it can lead to all types of physical and mental issues that ultimately have a negative impact on a person’s personal and professional life.

The Dosage Sleeping medication normally comes in tablet form in two different strengths: 3.5mg and 7.5mg. The recommended dosage for people with insomnia is to take a single dose of 7.5 mg just before you go to bed. While the effect of the medication takes around an hour to kick in, it lasts for up to seven to eight hours. The lower dose of 3.5mg is recommended for those who are above 65 years of age or have any medical conditions such as kidney or liver problems. The lowered dose is to keep a person from any serious medical complications. Besides, taking a lower dosage of the sleeping medication means that you will not have to deal with the possibility of excessive sleepiness during the day. Sleeping tablets should be swallowed whole and not chewed or crushed.

What if You Forget a Dosage? Sleeping medication is just like any other medication and it’s important not to take two doses at the same time just because you forgot to take a previous dose. If you do forget, it’s not a problem, just start again the next night. Taking an extra dose to make up for a forgotten one will only lead to further complications.

The Side Effects of Sleeping Tablets? Even sleeping meds come with their share of side effects but only if the recommended dosage is not followed. Some of the common side effects that are experienced by people are day time drowsiness, dry mouth and a weird metallic taste in one’s mouth. The good news is that these side effects seldom occur and are mild in nature. They completely go away once the medication has been stopped. In rare cases, there have been incidents of allergic reactions to the medication, such as tightness in the chest, wheezing and skin rash.

When Not to Take Sleep Medication? While sleep medications have become a go-to for people who have trouble sleeping during the night or are dealing with problems such as insomnia, there are some instances where taking any sleeping medication is not advised. That’s because medications interfere with sleeping pills and increase the changes of side effects or further health complications. To stay safe, it is advised that people who are taking medication as a treatment for depression, epilepsy, hay fever, anxiety, or schizophrenia or are taking medication for surgery such as anaesthetics should not use sleeping


pills.

How does Sleeping Medication Work? Sleeping medications work by boosting the effectiveness of a chemical in the brain known as GABA or gamma aminobutyric acid. GABA in turn, blocks transmissions across the nerves in the brain and has a calming effect on the person. By boosting the levels of GABA, a person’s sleep patterns can be improved almost instantaneously.

Precautions Don’t take your sleeping medication the night before you have an important appointment the next day. Normally, sleeping tablets should only be taken when a person is certain that they will stay in bed for at least seven to eight hours, which is the duration of the effectiveness of sleeping medication. While you are using the sleeping medications, it is important to look out for the signs and symptoms of side effects, such as sleepiness or drowsiness during the day. If you do, then simply stop the medication for a while and start again with a lowered dosage. Also, never mix any alcoholic beverages with your sleeping medication since alcohol can increase the sedative effects of the sleeping medication and could lead to health risks. It is also important to note that sleeping medication is prescribed for short term use only, which means you need to take a break from using it repeatedly to avoid dependency. This could also result in some short term rebound insomnia, it is therefore recommended to reduce dosage and ease yourself of the medication before you stop taking the sleeping tablets. Once you are ready to stop the medication, follow the instructions on the label.

Everything You Need to Know about Sleeping Tablets  

Normally, sleeping tablets should only be taken when a person is certain that they will stay in bed for at least seven to eight hours, which...

Everything You Need to Know about Sleeping Tablets  

Normally, sleeping tablets should only be taken when a person is certain that they will stay in bed for at least seven to eight hours, which...

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