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Sleep Medicine: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Sleep medicine can also be known as sleep inducing medicines or tablets.

How is the treatment done?

Sleep medicine is used to treat sleep disruptions or irregular patterns of sleep in individual. Avoidance of sleep can cause threatening effects on individuals, hampering their day-to-day chores. It can also lead to a shorter attention span and in worst cases, insomnia.

Sleep medicines should be taken under the consultation of a doctor. The doctor would be able to advise regarding the dosage and also trace the pattern of sleep and increase or decrease the dosage accordingly. Sleep medicines are effective in healing symptoms and promoting sleep in individuals and should not be taken in extra amounts as they might be fatal.

Common sleep disorders like sleep apnea and insomnia can be treated effectively with the help of sleep medicines. It is advisable to consult a doctor immediately to avoid worsening of health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and heart diseases. The sleep medicines can also act as a SR (sustain release) medicine which helps to eliminate the stress and anxiety levels in your body. You cannot obtain a sleeping pill without the prescription of a licensed medical practitioner as without proper dosage it might result in adverse situations. There are certain risks involved with the application of sleeping medicines as it is one of the most common sources of suicide.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Sleep medicine of any kind should be taken only by doctor recommendation. The dosage should be taken accordingly as the medicine contains properties that trigger the symptoms leading to the awakening. The individual would gradually be able to fall asleep for long hours as the medicine would take control of the body. It is to be kept in mind that the sleep medicine should only be taken 30 minutes before falling off to sleep, giving the individual the time to adjust to it. Gradual sleep would help the individual accommodate to the new medicine and slowly, to the new and normal pattern of sleep. The sleeping pills help you to release certain elements in your body that help you to relax and sleep. Individuals who are stressed out and have high anxiety levels are often prescribed with sleeping pills to ease their problems. Since the sleeping pills act as a sustain release therefore it also helps the insomniac individuals to get some rest and help them to even calm down when they are agitated. You should always seek help if you are having sleeping problems and do not imply any dosage on your own as over dosage of sleeping pills would result in fatal conditions.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Adults over the age of 18 are eligible to take sleep medicines as the after effects for children can be risky and harmful.

Are there any side effects?

Children below the age of 18 are not advised to take sleep medicines as it can have harmful effects on the child’s overall development.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Sleep medicines generally do not have any side effects, if they are taken with a proper dosage after being recommended by the doctor. On the contrary of this, over dosage or wrong usage of the medicines can be fatal for the body.

Sleep medicines can also cause delusions or excess laziness if not taken according to the recommended dosage.

How long does it take to recover?

The individual taking the sleep medicines should avoid any kind of stressful situation. He or she should also be aware of not overworking himself or herself as it can trigger behaviour that would be linked to symptoms for insomnia.

The affected individual should also decrease or stop the dosage on the doctor’s advice and should be regular in maintaining similar sleeping patterns, so as to avoid the body from wearing out.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

It takes around 3 or 4 months to recover from sleeping disorders. The sleep medicines are highly effective and take time to cure the condition, making the body devoid of the causes and symptoms from the root.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Sleep medicines are available for a range of Rs. 70 to Rs. 300 depending upon the severity of the condition in the individual.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

No, the results of the treatment are not permanent as sleep disorders can be triggered by the same kind of stressors or something new, if the individual does not take proper care of himself or herself.

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