Do you have sleeping disorder

Sleeping disorder can really put you off and can cause drowsiness during day time thus hampering your working hours to a great extent. It is therefore necessary to have a good night sleep for a stretch of at least 6 to 8 hours to keep yourself rejuvenated for the entire following day. There can be several reasons that keep you awake and they may be a mix of physical and psychological. Mental stress is one major cause of insomnia in this age of highly demanding professions, stiff competition in business, exertion at work place or on sports arena. Irregular sleeping habits, long distance travels, jet lag and other reasons make up for your sleeping disorders. Insomnia is basically classified into Primary insomnia and Secondary insomnia.

Primary Insomnia: This is caused by changes in chemical reaction in brain. Erratic change in routine, irregular eating or extremely tight working schedule are some the reasons of Primary Insomnia.

Secondary Insomnia: This type of sleeping disorder is caused due to emotional stress (loss of somebody close, heavy loss in business, etc.), trauma (serious accident in which you either lose some vital sense or limb/s, etc.). Stress due to diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or depression.

You have a common medication to treat both types of insomnias which is Zopiclone (7.5mg) which is mostly prescribed by physicians and doctors to drive away symptoms of insomnia. The maximum dose of Zopiclone for healthy adult is 3.75 mg to 7.5 mg, depending on the severity of disorder. For senior citizens with liver and kidney ailments the maximum dose cannot go beyond 5mg. But the drug has to be taken under the guidance of doctor or medical expert as it can cause dependency in the subject suffering from disorder. Also the drug cannot be taken for 7 to 10 consecutive days as it may drive you into serious addiction as also medical emergency in some cases.

Once the dose of Zopiclone begins it cannot be altered by the subject without the knowledge or advice of consulting doctor. You also cannot stop the drug in between without consulting your health expert. Also you should not share this medication with anyone in your family and friends who have similar sleeping disorder. If you have been taking this drug for a while regularly then you cannot suddenly stop taking it (no going Cold Turkey). You have to discuss your addiction with your doctor and slowly start tapering down your number of doses in a day or week. You may even need a psychologist in case of extreme addiction.

Most importantly if you are taking this drug in daytime avoid venturing out alone avoid driving or performing activity that requires you to concentrate hard. It may lead to serious accidents. Note that the drug Zopiclone causes loss of mental alertness. Also it is fatal to consume alcohol or alcoholic drinks/beverages after taking the drug. Mixing of alcohol with this drug can lead to serious side effects or even medical emergency.

Some of the very rare side effects of Zopiclone are:

  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Agitation
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Indigestion
  • Impaired vision
  • Sleep walking

Other precautions to be taken

Pregnant women and breastfeeding women should generally avoid taking this drug as it may cause harm to their foetus or nursing baby. Children below 18 years of age should not take this drug. And senior citizens should essentially take this drug with the advice of doctor or medical expert.