How to treat insomnia? How did medications help to treat insomnia?
Your insomnia treatment mainly consists of three things. Firstly lifestyle changes, secondly behavioural therapy and thirdly medication.
You should change your lifestyle to treat insomnia which mainly consists of self-care and improvement in sleeping habits. You can take the help of insomnia tablets initially to induce sleep on time. It mainly consists of anti-depression tablets and anti-anxiety medications. That will help you to stick to your sleep schedule. You should avoid or limit day time naps. You have to be active all day. Light exercise can be helpful. You should avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Don’t have heavy meals or beverages just before bed.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia is mainly used to treat the underlying cause of insomnia. CBT consists of a program that is structured to help you identify the thoughts and behaviours which causes disturbance to the sleep and their replacement. It is the first line of treatment for insomnia. Insomnia tablets can also be used along with therapy for people who are really concerned about their mental health problem.
Insomnia medication and how it helps?
Medication is very effective especially if you have short-termed acute insomnia. Clinicians recommend different types of medications to treat insomnia which mainly consists of anti-depression pills and anti-anxiety medication. With most anti-depression tablets you have lesser side effects. Moreover, depression tablets are safer for your long-term use. Studies show that anti-depression pills reduce the time taken by you to fall asleep. Depression tablets also reduce your waking up in the middle of the night. Anxiety pills especially help you when you have chronic insomnia and associated anxiety. Anti-anxiety medication makes you relax and helps you fall asleep. Depression tablets reduce REM sleep (dreaming) but have no effect on deep sleep.
Side effects of depression tablets and anxiety tablets
You may feel dizziness or dry mouth as a side effect of anti-depression pills and anti-anxiety medication. You may put on some weight while using anti-depression tablets. You may feel nervous or restless in some cases. Depression tablets may cause you to move your legs frequently during sleep.