Welcome to our online pharmacy, Sleeping Tablets UK, where we outline insomnia and the most common types of sleeping problems, along with how to treat and even cure insomnia through the use of a mixture of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-I), lifestyle changes, and medication.
If while searching for sleeping tablets online you found our online pharmacy then you are in luck!
Everyone experiences difficulty sleeping from time to time, and the occasional occurrence of sleeplessness is nothing to be too concerned about.
Insomnia describes the chronic sleep disorder that is experienced by roughly 1/3 of the UK population. Someone that is unable to get to sleep, or to stay asleep for enough time to recharge properly, on a regular basis, is said to have insomnia.
If you lay awake at night and find it hard to get to sleep, wake up several times during the night, or wake up still feeling tired on a regular basis, then you have insomnia.
The physical and psychological effects of insomnia have been studied closely for years and the findings emphasize the direct connection between the sleep disorder insomnia, and more serious mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
People who suffer from insomnia are at a higher risk of developing anxiety due to the increased stress that sleeplessness puts on the body.
People who suffer from anxiety are at a higher risk of developing depression due to the increased stress that anxiety puts on the body.
People who suffer from depression are at a higher risk of developing insomnia due to the stress that feeling down has on the body.
Insomnia comes in different forms, and there are many attributing causes that can be linked to this disorder. Depending on the type of insomnia that you have a doctor or pharmacist may prescribe sleeping tablets.
The best way to cure insomnia, and restore a healthy sleep pattern is usually to combine positive lifestyle changes with therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and to only use sleeping tablets after exhausting all other avenues.
If you are experiencing sleeping problems, the next steps are as follows. First check if you have insomnia by visiting a doctor or taking an online insomnia test, and then determine which type of insomnia you have using the guide below.
There are generally two types of insomnia - primary and secondary.
Primary insomnia is not associated with a pre-existing health disorder but secondary insomnia is easily linked to other underlying health reasons such as anxiety, depression, pain, and even alcohol or substance abuse.
Both primary and secondary insomnia have the same effects on patients which range from acute to chronic in nature, and include symptoms such as not being able to fall asleep at night, to waking up during the night frequently, or waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep.
|Short Term Insomnia:||This is the most common type of insomnia that basically everyone will experience at one time or another. It is also known as acute insomnia or adjustment insomnia as it is only a brief period of difficulty sleeping that is directly connected to a stressful life event like the excitement of a job interview or fear of flying the next day.
This type of insomnia causes very little disturbance to daily life and usually passes on its own once the patient has adjusted to the situation mentally, without the need for therapy or medication.
|Long Term Insomnia:||Also called chronic insomnia; this is when people experience difficulty sleeping on a regular basis. Chronic insomnia is much more serious as it is generally caused by physical aspects such as pain from an underlying medical condition, or psychological aspects such as persistent nightmares and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
To cure insomnia of this kind, the exact underlying cause needs to be identified and corrected. Identifying the exact cause of chronic insomnia that is the result of a psychological issue may take some time and in cases like this a pharmacist, or a doctor may prescribe medicine to aid sleep.
|Causes of Insomnia:||Sleeping problems can be traced to an almost endless list of contributing factors such as financial problems, a sudden death in the family, a problem at work, or due to bouts of anxiety.
Just as easily, insomnia can be the result of an accident where pain is hindering one's ability to get a peaceful night's sleep, or a change in shift at work that has knocked your body clock off balance.
While we do not know for sure exactly what causes insomnia, we do know that insomnia is experienced by both men and women, of all age groups, and that insomnia affects a higher number of women than men.
There are lots of ways to promote sleep naturally and it is always advisable to explore and exhaust these avenues before deciding to buy sleeping tablets online.
Some of the best natural sleep remedies are some of the easiest too! Simple lifestyle habits like maintaining a healthy diet and exercise schedule can make all the difference when it comes to drifting off to sleep at bed-time.
Try taking a hot bath before sleeping and sticking to a strict bedtime schedule, as this helps train the body to expect sleep at a certain time. Also, try sleeping in a bedroom free of blue light from TV's, laptops and other distracting mobile devices.
If making lifestyle changes have not worked, a doctor may recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBTi) for insomnia, which teaches patients how to learn good habits that help to promote a good night's sleep. CBTi sessions can be conducted in groups or on a private, one-on-one basis, and good habits that help to improve sleep hygiene include limiting the bedroom to two activities only, namely sleep and sex.
While CBTi for insomnia is proven to help educate people to sleep better, it has some downsides, with the main one being - it is not a quick fix. For this reason, doctors will usually suggest a combination of CBTi and medication, as these two methods together have been found to be the best way to cure insomnia quickly, and prevent rebound insomnia.
Sleeping tablets are a specially designed medication that helps make patients feel sleepy, and fall asleep quickly. Some sleep aids can also help patients stay asleep for a period of 6 to 8 hours - allowing people that are suffering from insomnia sufficient time to rest, repair and recharge.
When it comes to sleeping tablets, UK patients are fortunate to have direct online access to a number of medications to aid sleep and cure insomnia. While the each have a slightly different chemical compound, they each work in a similar way on the brain to promote a calming feeling and aid sleep.
Medications used to aid sleep are generally highly addictive due to their unique chemical compound, the increased feeling of calm and relaxation they provide, and how effortlessly they enable patients to fall asleep while using them.
For this reason, sleep aid medications are generally not prescribed for extended periods of time (not exceeding 2 - 4 weeks). Inside this time patients are generally able to get enough hours sleep to correct and restore a natural, healthy sleep-wake pattern.
When it comes to types of online sleeping tablets, UK customers are again fortunate to have a good selection of sleep aid medication to choose from.
The two main types of sleep aid medications are:
|Benzodiazepines :|| The most widely used, and oldest medication from this class of drug is Valium (active ingredient diazepam). Benzodiazepines work by binding with a natural amino acid found in the brain called gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) and promoting an increased feeling of calm.
This increased feeling of calm helps people suffering with insomnia to relax and fall asleep much quicker than they would do without the medication.
It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe benzodiazepine medication for extended, or longer periods of time.
|Nonbenzodiazepines:||Drugs found in this class of sedative medication are much newer than the traditional benzodiazepine sleep aid. The most widely used medications from this class of medication, by far, are zopiclone and zolpidem.
Nonbenzodiazepine medicines are also sometimes called ‘Z-drugs' and while they have got a different chemical structure to benzodiazepines, they have a similar mechanism of action and as a result share similar benefits, along with similar side effects and similar (potential) risks.
Z drugs are considered a safer option than the traditional benzos, and as a result are prescribed more by doctors to cure insomnia. The reason they are considered safer is because they leave the body much quicker than benzodiazepines and patients are at less risk of experiencing drowsiness the next day.
It is impossible to say which are the best sleeping tablets because each medication is designed to aid sleep in a slightly different way, meaning the best sleep aid for someone else might not necessarily be the best sleep aid for you.
Medication designed to aid sleep, like all other medications come with many benefits, as well as some potential side effects. The side effects are mild and generally pass unnoticed, especially by someone suffering from chronic insomnia and sleep deprivation.
One of the most common side effects reported includes daytime drowsiness the next day - meaning patients should be extra careful when using a sleeping pill if they need to drive to work the next day.
Just like most medications, the ones designed to aid sleep should not be used in conjunction with alcohol. In this situation both the sleep aid and alcohol are working in the same way, to slow down the heart rate and produce a feeling of calm. The alcohol can amplify the sedating effects of the sleep aid and cause over-sedation, which can lead to confusion, dizziness, breathing difficulties and an unusually slow heart rate.
Similarly, medications designed to aid sleep should not be mixed with caffein based drinks, such as tea/coffee or cola. In this situation the caffeine is working against the sleep aid, to speed up the heartbeat, which can result in the sleep aid not working effectively.
Although it is extremely rare, if patients do experience any unwanted or long-lasting side effects, they are advised to take it seriously and contact emergency services immediately.
The debate between sleeping tablets online and herbal sleeping tablets is an extremely close battle in the UK, with sleeping tablets being searched for online 1,600 times monthly and herbal sleeping tablets coming out on top with 1,900 monthly searches.
Studies indicate that the reason for more sales of the second type is because herbal remedies are less effective than prescription medication that is specially designed to aid sleep, meaning more users experience rebound insomnia and end up purchasing more of the same treatment.
Looking at the bigger picture however, the term sleeping tablets has over 22,000 monthly searches, and the term sleeping tablets UK has 5,400 monthly searches, which shows that when it comes to shopping for sleeping tablets, UK customers love to shop online!
If you are still unsure if you have insomnia, which type of insomnia you have, or whether you can benefit from a medication to aid sleep there are several online services that provide an insomnia test, such as the NHS that enable patients to perform a self-assessment on their sleeping habits.
This insomnia test was reproduced based on the Sleepio sleep test, a digital sleep improvement program centered around cognitive and behavioral techniques. This platform which is scientifically proven to help overcome poor sleep and improve mental health, was designed by Professor Colin Espie (Oxford University) and is managed by Big Health Ltd.
There also are many other sleep apps available for free download on Google Play that can assist in tracing the root cause of insomnia and encouraging a good night's sleep.
If you are suffering from insomnia and tired of not getting enough sleep, and you want to buy sleeping tablets, UK pharmacies like ours are here to help.
We are open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and customers that order online sleeping tablets at our pharmacy do not need to provide a doctor's prescription or take part in a lengthy online consultation.
At Sleeping Tablets UK, we understand that while it is possible for insomnia to strike at any time, it is not always possible to get a doctor's prescription and that is why we developed our online pharmacy no prescription policy.
If you already know what kind of medication you need to treat your condition then you can order freely and without hassle on our website.
If on the other hand you are unsure which the best sleep aid to treat your condition would be, then our customer service team are always available to offer advice via phone and email.
Due to the large volume of orders we get on a daily basis, we are unable to offer or promise next day delivery. Medication ordered at our UK based online pharmacy is all sent from within the UK and customers can expect to receive their order, discretely packaged in a plain unmarked envelope within 2 - 4 days of making payment.
While we mainly service the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, we also have a huge customer base in main other European countries such as Ireland, The Netherlands and Germany.
We currently ship to all corners of Europe, and deliveries to European countries take between 4 - 7 days.