Herbal medicine, homeopathy ... : Other treatments for insomnia

France - The Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) published its recommendations to avoid the systematic use of hypnotic drugs in the treatment of insomnia.

Treating insomnia with benzodiazepines, anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs, a habit is quite common in France. The French people are the most consumer of these drugs in the world, three million people consume daily.

For HAS, hypnotics such as benzodiazepines dominate the market for insomnia. " It recommends short-term use, no more than four weeks, because their side effects are numerous. Habituation, addiction, memory disorders, falls and drowsiness during the day are included. These drugs act done on the quantity of sleep, not its quality. The requirement shall apply only to "severe and passengers' sleep and use the lowest effective dose.

Herbal medicine and homeopathy are alternative avenues available for transient insomnia and lower risk. Many plants seem to have effects on sleep, even if they are not scientifically proven. The HAS for its part considers that a placebo effect can not be discredited if it provides the well-being.

The use of melatonin, the sleep hormone produced naturally by the body, is attracting interest. With an extended release formulation (LP), the dose is administered throughout the night slowly and less strongly. Available in pharmacies on prescription melatonin LP is used to treat insomnia for over 55 years. From this age the body begins to produce less melatonin. The latter brings a deep and restorative sleep, avoid drowsiness during the day, since the clock is of better quality, and does not lead to dependence.

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