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Women Sleep Medications

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Sleep Medications

Some women rely on sleep medications to help them sleep. The most commonly used sleep medications include barbiturates, tranquilizers, and over the counter drugs .

Such barbiturate drugs as secobarbitol (Seconal) are dangerous medications because they can be addictive and cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly.

Milder sleep medicationslike flurazepam (Dalmane) are more commonly used today. However, even with the use of milder medications, emotional and physical dependence can develop. Long term use of sleep medications is counterproductive, since in many people they disturb normal sleeping patterns and increase the insomnia they were supposed to correct.

They can also cause daytime drowsiness, confusion, and decrease in alertness. Accidental or intentional overdose, especially when combined with alcohol, can lead to death. Over the counter sleeping aids are also not to be taken lightly.

Some may cause dry mouth or blurred vision. They may interact or interfere with medications, taken for other illnesses, causing unpleasant side effects. They may also adversely affect such illnesses as high blood pressure.

That said, it is true that some medications may be useful in relieving insomnia. For example, if depression is found to be the cause, appropriate treatment may include antidepressant medication. Other illnesses such as an overactive thyroid, when treated with the appropriate medication, may relieve insomnia.

However, sleep medications should be used only by those who really need them and then only for a short time (two to four weeks) and only under the careful guidance of a health care practitioner.

Sugestions for a good night sleep.

1. Establish a regular pattern. Go to sleep at approximately the same time each night and get up at about the same time each morning.

2. Eliminate afternoon naps.

3. Avoid caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, colas), especially in the evening. Instead, have that time honored bedtime drink, a glass of warm milk. It is a relaxing alternative.

4. Have a light, nourishing evening meal instead of a big dinner. Avoid rich or fatty foods.

5. Exercise, outdoors if possible, every day.

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