There are many medicines that can help a person sleep.

Some of these are over-the-counter or OTC medications as well as herbal supplements. And there are others that require a doctor’s visit for a prescription.

Since we are a mobile society with people traveling world wide, sleep has become a problem for almost everyone. Insomnia can also be caused by stress either at work or at home, depression, uninviting sleeping area, too much light in the room, drinking alcohol, eating heavy meal before bedtime, muscle tension, drugs, too much caffeine, bad mattress, pregnancy or any number of reasons. Insomnia can also be the symptom of a more serious medical problem. That is why it is recommended that if you suffer from insomnia for two or more weeks, you should see your family doctor to see if some other medical problem isn’t going on. Finding the cause of insomnia is sometime the hardest problem but it the most necessary to cure it.

There are several herbs that are known to be helpful for people suffering for insomnia. One herb used as a sleep aid is Valerian recognized for years in Europe as being helpful with insomnia. It is sold in the United States only as a dietary supplement. It has shown that it help with insomnia, as well as stress. There are side effects that have been reported, so before taking this herb, it is important that you should discuss taking Valerian with a pharmacist, especially if they are taking any prescription for other medical conditions.

Melatonin is an aid for helping people fall asleep. It is especially helpful for people who suffer from insomnia caused by jet lag or shift work. Melatonin occurs naturally in the body when serotonin is exposed to decreased light.

Other common over-the-counter or OTC sleep aids such as Nytol or Sominex can also be tried but, again, a person should discuss with their doctor before taking any of these sleep aids especially if you suffers from or are being treated for depression, or other mental health problems as well as Parkinson’s disease.

It is advised that if you have trouble falling asleep and have tried all the natural tips in this article, then perhaps you need to see a sleep specialist. So many people have sleep problems; there is now a subspecialty in medicine for sleep problems. Since insomnia can be a symptom of another medical problem, it is best to get a consultation with your doctor and discuss your sleeping problems with him. There are prescription medications your doctor can prescribe for you as a sleeping aid,

The most commonly used drugs prescribed by doctors for insomnia includes drugs such as Xanax or Valium. There are also a class of new drugs which includes medications such as Ambien and Lunesta. These drugs have fewer side effects than Xanax or Valium and leave your body in about 4 hours but all of these medications can cause physical as well as psychological dependence. If your insomnia is caused by chronic pain, your doctor might prescribe Vicodin but here also is a medication that can cause addiction problems.

There are many medicines to help you sleep. But it is best to only use them as a last resort, as the best way to sleep it to develop good sleep habits. Taking a pill for a problem is buying into the mindset of turning to a pill to solve a problem which can cause problems in other areas of a person’s life.