Sleep Aids (Drugs: the Straight Facts)

Sleep Aids (Drugs: the Straight Facts)

M. Foster Olive

Language: English

Pages: 107

ISBN: B00Y300D6O

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book examines the many kinds of sleep aids in use, from over-the-counter and herbal products to powerful prescription drugs, and shows how they affect the body in the long and short term.

Drugs: The Straight Facts looks to supply readers with solid, trustworthy information about drugs. Texts emphasise a historical and scientific approach to learning about drugs, their use, and their effect on the user.

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sleep, such as putting a lock or warning signs on the refrigerator or pantry door or even locking themselves in their bedroom. Sleep-related eating disorder begins in one’s teens or early twenties, and approximately two-thirds of the people who suffer from the disorder are female. Almost 75% of those who have the disorder eat during sleep every night, sometimes up to eight times a night. The vast majority of people who suffer from this disorder are completely unaware of or only partially aware

you dream. The result is that people actually act out portions of their dream or the dream in its entirety! If the person dreams he or she is kicking a soccer ball, he or she may actually kick his or her foot and hit the wall next to the bed, or even his or her bed partner. If the person dreams he is boxing, he may actually throw a punch or two. Other behaviors include talking, shouting, screaming, or even leaping out of bed, all in concert with whatever the person is dreaming about. Obviously,

and they interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize other drugs, causing unpredictable drug interactions. For decades throughout the early- to mid-twentieth century, barbiturates were commonly used as prescription sleep aids. However, in 1979, the Institute of Medicine issued a report stating that the risks of using barbiturates far outweighed their benefits for treating insomnia. Some barbiturates were even taken off the market because of the risks they posed. Today, prescribing

Epitol®), gabapentin (Neurontin®), and lamotrigine (Lamictal®). Since these medications reduce the overall activity of the nervous system, sedation and drowsiness are common side effects. ANTIDEPRESSANTS Depression, especially severe depression, is often accompanied by sleep disturbances, such as difficulty falling asleep, fragmented sleep (frequent awakenings), and early morning awakenings. In addition, the structure of a person’s sleep may be altered in depression, such as decreased total

registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Eucardic is a registered trademark of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG.; 103 Credits Excedrin is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Excedrin P.M. is a registered trademark of E.R. Squibb & Sons LLC.; Gabitril is a registered trademark of Cephalon, Inc.; Geodon is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.; Gin Zing is a trademark of Walgreen Company Corp.; Good Night’s Sleep is a registered trademark of Med Gen Inc.; Halcion

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