When testing for a sleep disorder, the patient may be asked to arrive sometime in the early evening. From there the patient will be provided with a comfortable, private sleeping room where his/her sleep patterns will be monitored throughout one night’s rest. The patient may be asked to sleep on his/her back as much as possible. After the testing, the results will be reviewed by a sleep specialist, who can then best assess a method of sleep therapy treatment that may be most effective.
This treatment plan may include the use of any number of sleep aid medications on the market today. Drugs like Ambien, Ambien CR, Rozerem, Sonata, and Lunesta are often prescribed to help people fall asleep.
Unlike some of the older sleep aid medications, such as Xanax or Valium, they are made to run their course through one’s system throughout the night, ideally leaving a person without any kind of grogginess the next morning. They are also far less likely to cause any kind of physical addiction, so there is less concern over withdrawal or fear of becoming resistant to the effects.
There is, however, the risk of some unusual side effects, as increased reports of sleep walking and other erratic sleep behaviors have been reported in small numbers by the FDA.
It is important to know what the individual wants out of his/her sleep aid medication. Rozerem is often heralded as the safest sleep medication, with no reported side effects or withdrawal symptoms. Ambien and Lunesta are great for helping one fall asleep, but take more time to run their course in the body, so taking them in the middle of the night could be risky for morning “hangover.”
It is crucial to note that these drugs will not help those underlying problems such as apnea or restless legs syndrome that may be causing insomnia. That is why it is important to consider visiting a sleep therapy center, so that if an underlying problem exists, it can be addressed and treated.