Sleeping Aids

Kalms Day

  • An effective way of reducing stress
  • Relief of mild anxiety
  • Natural ingredient - valerian root and hops extracts

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Kalms Night

  • Herbal treatment to assist with a soothing and calming night's sleep
  • Prevents drowsiness
  • Active ingredient is valerian root

From £9.99

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Nytol Anti-Snoring

  • Proven to be effective in reducing snoring
  • Controls heavy night breathing
  • Only to be used by adults

From £11.99

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Nytol Herbal

  • Proven to assist against the symptoms of insomnia
  • Helps with a calm and restful sleep
  • Contains traditional remedies

From £4.99

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  • An over-the-counter sleeping aid
  • Helps sleeping issues
  • Contains the active ingredient promethazine hydrochloride

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What are Sleeping Tablets?

Sleeplessness and insomnia are one of the leading causes of depression and anxiety. Yet, people do not consider the importance of a good night's sleep. Being well-rested leads to a productive day as it promotes good health and leads towards a long, healthy life. Having a healthy sleep cycle supports mental health and improves the individual's physical well-being and the quality of their life. The human body needs a healthy amount of sleep to maintain the optimal working of the various organs that deter factors in an individual's physical health. Specifically, when it comes to adolescents, sleep aids their growth and development. This shows that maintaining a healthy sleep schedule is essential, and there is no shame in taking medication to get your life on the right track.

Neglecting Sleeping Problems

Sleeplessness can be caused by the slightest traumatic experiences and can cause great harm over a more extended period of time. Lack of sleep can cause many serious chronic health problems that hinder individuals' cognitive and behavioural abilities. Depending on their age, people require different amounts of sleep. For example, infants require 12-16 hours of sleep in a day, whereas teenagers need an average of 8-10 hours of sleep. Bad sleeping habits and long-term sleep loss seriously affect a person's health as the body needs to rejuvenate and recharge. Moreover, many serious health problems are associated with sleeplessness and insomnia.

Problems Related to Sleeplessness and Insomnia

The human body needs a good night's sleep to maintain its health. It is as essential as eating a healthy diet and exercising. Unfortunately, busy schedules and traumatic experiences lead to sleeplessness, hindering productivity and physical health. The following are a few things that emphasize the importance of a good night's sleep.

1. Lack of Sleep Decreases Concentration and Productivity:

For the brain to function correctly, the body needs an adequate amount of sleep. Sleeplessness can affect cognition, concentration, productivity and cognitive performance, which are very important for the optimal working of an individual. Sleep deprivation is the leading cause of hindering mental processes, which impairs individuals' productivity. In addition, sleeplessness increases room for error and can cause accidents. Research has shown that sleeplessness has the same impact on brain function as inebriation by alcohol. Having a good sleep schedule improves an individual's ability to solve problems accurately and effectively while also increasing memory performance.

2. Lack of Sleep Increases the Rate of Heart Disease and Stroke:

The quality of sleep and the duration of sleep have a very adverse effect on an individual's mental and physical health. Sleeplessness leads to many chronic diseases such as heart diseases and strokes. Research has shown that people who do not have healthy sleep cycles and do not get REM sleep are at a far greater risk of having heart diseases or strokes than those who get the required seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

3. Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes:

Much research has shown that sleeplessness has a powerful effect on blood sugar levels as it reduces insulin sensitivity. Some of the symptoms of insomnia show an increase in prediabetes. However, this same research has shown that increasing sleep duration can lessen the symptoms of diabetes by drastic amounts. Poor sleeping habits are among the leading causes of diabetes and fluctuations in blood sugar levels, making the general population susceptible to type 2 diabetes.

4. Lack of Sleep Leads to Depression:

 With the times being as progressive as they are, mental health awareness has become the new norm which is a big step in the right direction. A strong link has been established through numerous research conducted by professionals between mental health issues and sleeplessness. Sleeping disorders and depression go hand in hand as lack of sleep can reduce the levels of dopamine that are secreted in the body. People with irregular sleep patterns and sleeplessness, in general, are more commonly diagnosed with depression and have a higher risk of death by suicide. In addition, sleeping disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea have reported higher rates of depression and anxiety.

5. Lack of Sleep Decreases Immune Function:

The immune system is the body's powerhouse, and it needs to be in an optimal state to safeguard the human body against invading microbes. Even the tiniest loss in sleep has shown an impairment in the working of the human immune system. Sleeplessness makes the human body susceptible to viruses and bacteria at a much higher rate than those who have regular sleep cycles.

The Importance of using Sleeping Aids

Sleeping problems afflict eight in ten people on average, and millions of adults are affected by insomnia in Britain alone. Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that hinders the onset of sleep or staying asleep. Furthermore, it causes problems in sleeping and impairs thinking. Insomnia and other sleeping problems hinder both the physical and mental well being of an individual. To counteract the effects of insomnia and other sleeping disorders, people turn to sleep aids to fix their sleep cycles. There are many different kinds of sleeping aids that people can take.

Types of Sleeping Aids

Insomnia can be treated through sleeping aids that include prescription drugs, over the counter medications and dietary supplements. As is the case with virtually everything, taking sleeping aids has its benefits and pitfalls. Still, the right prescription from a doctor can be very beneficial if the ultimate goal of the individual is to cure their sleeplessness. The following are the different types of sleeping aids available:

1. Prescription Drugs:

MHRA and EMA approved drugs are sold to individuals in accordance with their doctor's prescription. These prescription drugs are further divided based on their chemical compositions and how they affect the human brain. Z Drugs, orexin receptors antagonists, benzodiazepines, melatonin receptor agonists and antidepressants are explicitly targeted to counter insomnia and sleeplessness. These medications decrease brain activity, block the production of orexin, induce sleepiness, increase the production of the melatonin hormone and treat depression to put the body in a sedated state. Antipsychotics and anticonvulsants are also prescribed for the treatment of insomnia.

2. Over the Counter Medication:

These kinds of sleeping aids are purchased without a prescription and may not be as safe as prescribed medication as they might not meet specific regulatory standards. These are primarily composed of antihistamines used to manage allergies and are laced with sedatives, due to which they are sold to insomniacs.

3. Dietary Supplements:

Even though dietary supplements are not formal medications as the licencing agency does not usually approve them, they are frequently given to insomniacs to overcome sleeplessness. Natural sleep aids are melatonin, valerian and kava, which induce sleep by lowering the inhibition of the individuals. Dietary supplements are usually healthier alternatives to counteract sleeplessness as they are made from natural materials and safer for the human body's internal workings.

How Sleeping Aids Work

Sleeping aids are very beneficial when taken in the right doses for medicinal purposes as they induce drowsiness and help individuals restore their sleep cycle. Not only do they cause sleepiness, but they also fix the duration of sleep and regulate the process, assisting insomniacs in sleeping through the night. Sleep aids work by improving sleep in the short term to alleviate drowsiness and impaired thinking that is a by product of sleep deprivation. They reset the sleep schedule, which in turn increases the consistency of sleep.

Can I buy sleeping tablets online?

Yes! You can quickly and discreetly buy sleeping aid treatment online through our website.

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Last reviewed 11 April 2023

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