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The one which is prescribe to you by your doctor. 

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A sound sleep is required for the nervous system to work properly. Sleep deprivation makes a person drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day. It also leads to impairment of memory and physical performance and reduced ability to carry out mathematical calculations. If sleep deprivation continues, hallucinations and mood swings may develop.
May be your son is not able to concentrate on his studies because of not getting proper sleep.

Tips for a good night sleep.

Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
Avoid large meals and beverages late at night.

Don't take naps after 3 p.m.Relax before bed, taking time to unwind with a hot bath, a good book or soothing music.
If you're still awake after more than 20 minutes in bed, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy.
Anxiety over not being able to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.
Don't do night outs.


The main classes of medications used to treat insomnia are the sedatives and hypnotics, such as the benzodiazepines and the non-benzodiazepine sedatives.

Several medications in the benzodiazepine class have been used successfully for the treatment of insomnia, and the most common ones include:

·         quazepam

·         triazolam

·         estazolam

·         temazepam (Restoril),

·         flurazepam (Dalmane), and

·         lorazepam (Ativan).

Another common benzodiazepine, diazepam (Valium), is typically not used to treat insomnia due to its longer sedative effects.

Non-benzodiazepine sedatives are also used commonly for the treatment of insomnia and include most of the newer drugs. Some of the most common ones are:

·         zaleplon (Sonata),

·         zolpidem (Ambien or Ambien CR, Zolpimist), and

·         eszopiclone (Lunesta).

Melatonin, a chemical released from the brain which induces sleep, has been tried in supplement form for treatment of insomnia as well. It has been generally ineffective in treating common types of insomnia, except in specific situations in patients with known low levels of melatonin. Melatonin may be purchased over-the-counter (without a prescription).

Ramelteon (Rozerem), which is an insomnia drug that acts by mimicking the action of melatonin, is a newer drug. It has been used effectively in certain group of patients with insomnia.

There are also other medications that are not in the sedative or hypnotic classes, which have been used in the treatment of insomnia. Sedative antihistamines, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) have been used as sleep aids because of their sedative effects; however, this is not a recommended use of these or other similar drugs due to many side effects and long-term drowsiness the following day.

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You should always take such drugs prescribed by the physician as suggested by Alex Warren.

Taking such pills may also affect your other organs.

If you just can't get restful sleep,
Forget about nonsense like counting sheep.
Regular hours you should keep.
Sober, no tobacco, at night not a peep.

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