These include especially medicines that act on the nerve messenger substances in the brain and the release of certain hormones affect the rhythm of play for the normal sleep-Wake. These are, for example, appetite suppressants, drive-enhancing antidepressants or high blood pressure and heart. Some medications also contain caffeine, including over-the-counter cough and cold preparations.
Certain medications, for example statins for high cholesterol values, taken in the evening, so that they develop overnight, and their effect, One mancgmal as a side effect or due to sleep disorders. Other agents such as acetylsalicylic acid can impact on the duration of the stomach and cause heartburn, which leads to sleep issues, especially in the morning hours. There are also agents that trigger nocturnal restlessness, or sometimes nightmares. Others, including certain antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, psychoses, may be a Restless-Legs-syndrome.
Not always it comes in the case of such drugs to sleep disorders. Some anti snore strap of the side effects occur only in the initial phase of treatment and disappear after a short time. Who brings the Occurrence of sleep problems with a drug, which he got from the doctor prescribed, it shall not settle easily. Always consult with your doctor. It often helps to take the funds to another date or to select a different drug combination.
It may seem surprising, but one of the drugs, sleep disorders, and in particular the means of sleep. This is true not so much for herbal sleep AIDS such as Valerian and hops, but for synthetic drugs, called hypnotics, especially to benzodiazepines. These substances are taken over a longer period of time, a habituation effect, the effect is reduced. Many of those Affected increase, then, independently of the dose and have to fight to this trend, with restless nights and fatigue sowieoft drowsiness on the day. If the drug, it comes to a withdrawal, sleep-lessness.
Anyone who resorts back to the sleeping pills, not rarely in a harmful dependence, which is associated with further unwanted effects. Experts suspect that the brain reacts to the sudden withdrawal of the damping effect with increased activity and alertness. Some people are also consistently lower, dose-dependent, can no longer sleep without funds and suffering from side effects. In later life these are often and lead to depression to confusion.
Symptoms: in addition to sleeplessness, drowsiness in the day (Hang-over effect), disturbance of concentration, forgetfulness, pain in the limbs, sweating, restlessness, mood swings occur. Older people are confused, especially at night sometimes and fall easily when you stand up, because the substances also muscle tension.
Diagnosis and therapy: Talk openly with your doctor about your complaints. He will reveal with their help, the actual causes of sleep problems. You should stop with the use of benzodiazepines in consultation with the doctor only gradually. Doctors call the “slow ausschleichend settle”. Newer, the benzodiazepines-like substances do not make it so dependent, and are less likely to skip sleep lack. But you should handle with the same care, that means: Only for a limited time take and slowly ausschleichend stop. Shortly thereafter, the sleep will improve problems.
Synthetically produced Melatonin is available in Germany only as a prescription drug for people over 55 years of age. It is, however, only in the short term, it’s used as means to fight against sleep disorders in question, which have no physical, mental or external causes.
It is a good idea, specifically to alleviate Stress and to learn a relaxation technique (see also the Chapter on “therapy and self-help”). People who suffer from persistent insomnia, without a physical cause, can get thanks to a well-targeted cognitive behavior therapy to your sleep-Wake rhythm very often.