Since it has been common knowledge for many years that a lack of sleep can lead to both mild and severe health problems, sleep aids such as sleeping pills have been around for decades in the UK - and have been available for sale in one form or another at UK chemists.
Over the years, sleep medicine has evolved from natural, herbal, or alcohol based mixtures, to stronger sleeping pills that work much faster and these are split into two main categories:
Benzodiazepine sleep aids such as Valium/Diazepam has been on the UK market since the 1960's and there are now well over 500 different generic brands of this medication available for sale. Benzodiazepines are commonly used in the UK to treat sleep disorders.
Are also called Z Drugs, and include popular medication such as Zopiclone or Eszopiclone. These non-benzodiazepine medications are much more recent and are considered safer than benzodiazepine medication for treating insomnia and sleep disorders. Z Drugs like Zopiclone and Zolpidem (Ambien) are probably the most popular medications used in the UK to treat sleep disorders.
Both Benzodiazepines and Non-Benzodiazepines - the newer Z Drugs - work effectively to assist with inducing sleep and restoring a natural sleep cycle.View FAQ
Nearly one third of adults in the UK suffer from insomnia and it is the most common sleep disorder. It involves both sleep disturbances, sleep deprivation and daytime drawbacks such as feelings of irritability and reduced levels of concentration.
This can have a detrimental effect on work performance, decision making and interpersonal relationships. If sleepless nights are causing you to experience a worse overall quality of life, medication may help you.
People who are experiencing high levels of stress in their lives and are struggling to sleep as a result can benefit from sleep aids. Stress may be caused by relatively minor things such as family pressures or problems at work, or it can be caused by something more stressful such as a divorce or job loss.
This extra stress can make it difficult to fall asleep and it can cause recurrent awakenings during the night.
People with circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD) and shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) may benefit from the use of sleep aids. These conditions cause a person to experience sleep that does not follow traditional sleep times at night.
It can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, and can prevent a person from falling asleep at the desired time, but studies confirm this can be successfully addressed using strong sleep medicine.
People who experience pain and discomfort from medical problems may struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety can also cause insomnia in which case, a patient may benefit from the use of a sleep aid to restore their natural sleep pattern.
Some sleep aids work by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which decreases hyperactivity in the central nervous system (CNS). By working on receptors in the brain, and slowing down the nervous system, this reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.
Other sleep medicines work in a similar way as mentioned above, but come with a dual action; they are helpful for inducing sleep, and they also help one stay asleep for longer which reduces the chance of frequent awakenings throughout the night.
The newer non-benzodiazepine sleep medicine, or "Z Drugs", work very similarly to "Benzos" in how they target the same area of the brain, however due to their chemical structure they are said to have fewer side effects and people using them are less likely to develop dependency or become addicted to the medication.
Insufficient levels of GABA in the brain have been linked to severe anxiety and depression and studies have shown both of these conditions can be eased by simply getting more sleep.
Insomnia and other sleep disorders are not a new development for society. What has changed dramatically is the way people live, and the way people work. Our modern world is now a 24/7 lifestyle, and has had a huge impact on our sleep patterns.
For most people, physical work has been replaced by jobs that require far more mental concentration. Whereas a day"s work would leave people feeling physically tired and ready for bed, it is much harder to unwind our minds from the events of the day.
Every January, gym subscriptions rise and living a healthier and active life is high on many people"s list of New Year"s resolutions, but a few months later these good intensions have faded away and old habits have returned.
Physical exercise and a healthy diet are key ingredients to enjoying a good night"s sleep, as is any activity that can help by taking our minds off the stresses and strains of daily life. However, for all too many, it is not so easy to find that elusive "Me Time" for exercise and hobbies.
If you have tried painting classes and decided it is not for you, perhaps strenuous exercise is just not an option, or maybe meditation could not create the calm you had hoped for, sleeping pills are an effective option to help re-establish a normal, healthy night"s sleep.
To establish which sleeping pills are best, doctors in the UK have conducted a series of extensive sleep studies, and delved deeply into the minds of insomniacs to discover exactly which sleep medicine works best.
Results showed that the best medicine for one person may not be the best medication for another due to the amount of different reasons for each candidates sleeping problem - and in order to answer this question accurately doctors decided to group the insomniacs by their symptoms.
Doctors arrived at several interesting conclusions from this test and were able to establish the following:
If you suffer from the type of insomnia that involves frequent awakenings throughout the night, the best sleeping pills for you would be Zolpidem (Ambien CR) as this medicine not only helps induce sleep but helps one stay asleep.
If once you get to sleep, you have no trouble staying asleep, then the best sleeping pills for you may be Doxepin (Silenor) as this medicine will help induce sleep but is not known to lessen how often you wake up. Further studies into Doxepin as a sleep medicine established that it carries almost zero risk of dependence.
It has never been as easy, or as cost effective to buy sleeping pills online in the UK as it is right now. If you live in the UK, and you are suffering from sleep deprivation due to insomnia you have come to the right place.
At Pharmacy4U, we only stock the best sleep aids, that are known to work effectively, and customers can buy Zopiclone, Zolpidem (Ambien), Nitrazepam (Mogadon), Temazepam (Restoril), Eszopiclone (Lunesta), and Etizolam in the UK, without the need to make a lengthy trip to the doctors and get a prescription.
Without a prescription you can buy a minimum of 30 tablets, right up to 180 tablets for each of the different sleeping pills available at our UK chemist.
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