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The Science of Sleep Medication

When it comes to sleep, some of us yearn for a magical pill; one that provides us with a blissful, dream-filled sleep and helps us feel refreshed, restored and alert upon awakening. If only that were a possibility. The reality is that, whilst there are numerous ‘sleep tablets’ available over-the-counter and on prescription, the magic of sending us off into a perfect slumber is far from reality.

Sleep is orchestrated by a number of different brain systems, all regulated by a concoction of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters. This means it is unlikely that any single pill (which usually act on one brain chemical system at a time) ever has the potential to control sleep in the same way that the brain does.

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