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Sleeping Tablets

Insomnia is the name for experiencing trouble sleeping and affects many people at some point in their lives. It can be temporary and caused by life events (like stress over an upcoming work commitment) or can persist for weeks or months. There are a number of causes but not getting good quality sleep can affect a person’s wellbeing massively.

Treat insomnia with our range of medications to help you fall asleep faster and to reduce the chances of you waking up in the middle of the night.

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Sleeping tablets and treatment for insomnia

  • Helps with difficulties falling asleep
  • Less frequent wake-ups in the night
  • Leads to a better night's sleep
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Nytol Herbal Tablets
  • Traditional herbal remedy
  • Helps to induce sleep
  • Causes you to relax
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  • Helps you to fall asleep
  • Part of the sedative-hypnotic group of medicines
  • Reduces the number of times you wake up in the night
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  • Hypnotic medicine to help you sleep
  • Relieves insomnia
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Nytol One-A-Night
  • Relieves temporary sleeping difficulties
  • Causes sleepiness
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    If you have trouble falling or staying asleep (called insomnia), make an appointment to see your doctor. Treatment for insomnia depends on what's causing it. Underlying causes, such as medical conditions or sleep disorders, may be treated. This is a more effective approach than treating the symptoms of insomnia (lack of sleep).

    The best treatment for insomnia is behavior changes. Sleeping on a more regular schedule, exercising regularly and avoiding daytime naps can help reduce or eliminate insomnia. Avoid caffeine and daytime naps if you have a problem sleeping through the night. Reduce the stress in your life is another method of treating insomnia.

    If you have tried all these approaches and failed, prescription sleeping pills may be able to help you get some rest. All prescription sleeping aids have risks, especially if you have certain medical conditions. If you have liver or kidney disease, be certain to notify your doctor before being prescribed sleeping pills. In such cases, you may need to attempt other methods of treating your insomnia.

    Sleeping tablets allow you to go to sleep more easily. In a nutshell, a person is prescribed sleeping medication if they are having difficulty getting to sleep. You then can get a better night of sleep. They are also called sleeping pills, sleep aids, sleep medicine, sedatives or hypnotics.

    Many people take sleeping pills to get much-needed rest.

    Sleeping pills may be sedatives or hypnotics, and they come in many forms. People can choose natural, prescription, or over-the-counter pills.


    Hypnotics are a group of sleeping medications only available by prescription.

    A doctor may prescribe hypnotics to treat a number of sleep disorders, including insomnia. These medicines can also treat movement disorders that interrupt sleep, such as restless legs syndrome (RLS) and periodic limb movement disorder.

    The most common hypnotic sleeping pills are:

    • zolpidem
    • zaleplon
    • eszopiclone
    • ramelteon

    Doctors tend only to prescribe hypnotics for insomnia that is long-lasting and bothersome because the drugs can have side effects.

    Another class of sedative-hypnotics, called benzodiazepines, can also treat insomnia. These medications include:

    • alprazolam
    • diazepam
    • lorazepam
    • Before prescribing a benzodiazepine, the doctor will usually first recommend a hypnotic. This is due to concerns about benzodiazepine dependence and its more severe side effects.

    Keep in mind that we only offer Zopiclone, Zolpidem and Zimovane and their branded names for sale on UK Meds.

    Insomnia is a sleep disorder that causes sufferers difficulties falling and/or staying asleep. This could mean that you take a long time to fall asleep, wake up often throughout the night, wake up much earlier than you would like to or feel very tired when you do wake up. The side effects of disrupted sleep can also lead to irritability and lack of focus during the day.

    Insomnia can be categorised in two different ways; primary or secondary. Primary insomnia is when the sleeping condition is not directly associated to any other problems, while secondary insomnia is when a person is experiencing problems with sleep because of something else (such as asthma, depression, prescription medications or pain).

    Insomnia can also be graded as either acute or chronic, depending on how long it lasts and how often it occurs. Acute insomnia describes a short-term condition, while chronic describes a long-term problem where the sufferer has sleeping problems at least 3 nights a week for a month or longer.

    In terms of diagnosing insomnia, it can be hard to define on a person by person basis what classes as “enough” sleep, because everyone is different. On average, adults need to 7-9 hours, while children need more (to aid their development). But if you are constantly feeling tired throughout the day, you may be suffering with insomnia regardless of how many hours you manage to get. This is because it’s also about sleep quality, as well as length.

    Any number of things can cause insomnia and sometimes it can be difficult to identify the culprit. Significant life stress (death in the family, divorce, job loss), illness or physical discomfort can all lead to problems sleeping, as can emotional turmoil and stress. Insomnia can also be caused by a number of environmental factors like noise, light and temperature, which are usually easier to remedy.

    Chronic insomnia is normally caused by mental health problems like depression, stress or anxiety, as well as chronic pain, and you may also notice disruption to your sleep due to medications, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine or changes to your sleep schedule (due to jet lag or shift work).

    If you’re struggling to go about your daily life because of sleeping problems, UK Meds have a number of effective medications that will help you fall (and more importantly, stay) asleep. As well as medication, you should try and get your body into a routine by going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. You should relax before bed, make sure you have a comfortable sleeping environment and only go to bed when you actually feel tired.

    In order to reduce the symptoms of insomnia, it’s a good idea to cut some bad habits out of your routine. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol or caffeine in the evening, try not to eat or exercise too late at night and turn off devices (TV, phone, laptop) at least an hour before you go to sleep to allow your body to switch off and unwind properly.

    For those with chronic insomnia that the above remedies have not worked for, you may need to consider more closely what is causing the sleeping problems. If it’s an underlying health problem, then you may need to seek physical or mental treatment to target the insomnia at its root.

    The opposite of being unable to fall asleep is drowsiness and falling asleep when you do not wish to do so. This condition is called narcolepsy. There is a medication that can treat narcolepsy called Modafinil. If you have problems staying awake, your doctor may prescribe Modafinil as a treatment.

    What are some of the different types of sleeping pills?

    There are many different classes and brands of sleeping pills. Your doctor will suggest the one he or she feels will best work for you based on the cause and length of time you have been having trouble sleeping, as well as the specific type of insomnia you are experiencing. Your doctor will also take into consideration any other health conditions you may have, or medications you are taking. Commonly used sleeping pills include:

    • Ambien®, Ambien® CR (zolpidem tartrate)
    • Dalmane® (flurazepam hydrochloride)
    • Halcion® (triazolam)
    • Lunesta® (eszopiclone)
    • Prosom® (estazolam)
    • Restoril® (temazepam)
    • Rozerem® (ramelteon)
    • Silenor® (doxepin)
    • Sonata® (zaleplon)
    • Desyrel® (trazodone)
    • Belsomra® (suvorexant)
    • Over-the-counter sleeping pills (including antihistamines, melatonin, herbal formulations, and others)

    Which sleeping pill is the best?

    You may or may not need sleeping pills. By getting regular rest, exercising, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, you may be able to improve your sleep cycle which prevents insomnia. If this doesn't work, you may try over-the-counter sleeping medication, or be prescribed strong sleeping pills. If you need a prescription, our online doctor's service may be able to assist you in getting one. You can buy sleeping tablets from UK Meds.

    Sleeping Aids UK - Zopiclone

    Zopiclone is a type of sleeping pill that can be taken to treat bad bouts of insomnia. It helps you fall asleep more quickly, and also helps stop you waking up during the night. Zopiclone comes as tablets.

    If you reside in the UK, you may want to buy sleeping tablets online in the UK. UK Meds offers this type of medicine for sale. There are over-the-counter tablets you may be interested in, as well as stronger sleeping tablets such as Zopiclone. If you do not have a prescription for Zopiclone, our online doctor service may be able to help you.


    Zolpidem (Ambien) slows down activity in the brain, allowing you to sleep. The immediate release form dissolves right away, helping you fall asleep fast. Sleep problems often improve within just 7 to 10 days of being on the medication.

    Over the Counter Sleeping Medicine (Nytol)

    If you do not prefer prescription medication and would prefer an over-the-counter sleeping medicine, try Nytol. We offer Nytol here at UK Meds. All Nytol products can be bought over the counter, you will not require a prescription. The other medications we offer (Zopiclone, Zolpidem and Zimovane) will require a prescription as they are a stronger medication.

    Nytol One-a-Night Tablet is a sleeping aid containing the active ingredient Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride. It is clinically proven to provide drowsiness which allows you to sleep undisturbed. Another form of our Nytol product comes as an anti-snoring throat spray.

    Prescription and Non-Prescription Sleeping Tablets

    What are the names of sleeping tablets? Below you will find a list of both prescription and non-prescription sleeping aids. List of sleeping medicines:

    • Zopiclone (Prescription)
    • Zolpidem (Prescription)
    • Zimovane (Prescription)
    • Nytol (Non-Prescription)

    Prescription sleep medication options include the following.

    Sleep medication Helps you fall asleep Helps you stay asleep Can lead to dependence
    Doxepin (Silenor)    
    Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
    Ramelteon (Rozerem)    
    Temazepam (Restoril)
    Triazolam (Halcion)  
    Zaleplon (Sonata)  
    Zolpidem (Ambien, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist)  
    Zolpidem extended release (Ambien CR)
    Suvorexant (Belsomra)

    What are Sleeping Tablets used for?

    Sleeping tablets are a medicine that is used to help people go to sleep more easily. Sleep tablets act by working on receptors in the brain to slow down the nervous system. People use sleep medication when they are having difficulty sleeping. Examples of sleeping tablets include Zolpidem (Ambien) and Zimovane.

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