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Why do sleep aides ambien, lunesta, (eszopiclone) prosom work?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
They slow: The activity of the brain which promotes sleep.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep medications: They all work through their sedative/ hypnotic effect to promote sleep.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
It would be best to discuss this with your Psychiatrist. If you are not confident with your Doctor see another for a second opinion. It's good to have a physical exam to rule out illness. Sleep is very important for physical and mental health. You may need a sleep study to determine why you can't sleep. Also consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy.

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