Sleeping pills are not risk-free and may not be ideal for everyone who has including zaleplon, zopiclone and zolpidem, are the preferred drugs the NHS.
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In the UK a medicine that contains melatonin may be prescribed for insomnia in people who are 55 or older. These include relaxation therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other ways to achieve what's known as better sleep hygiene, These can be as simple as not having coffee close to bed time, or having a relaxing bath. Doctors are also aware that sleeping tablets become less effective the longer a person uses them and there is a danger of becoming psychologically dependent on taking a pill to get to sleep.