We now have a new sleeping agent for those who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep called Belsomra. It has a unique one of a kind action targeting the action of Orexin, one of the wake neurotransmitters in the brain. Orexin was recently discovered in 1998. Belsomra inhibits the action of Orexin, thereby, encouraging sleep.
It helps quiet the anxious mind, think mind racing about the next day
You need to make sure that you can have seven hours of uninterrupted sleep prior to taking Belsomra. It may cause some sleepiness during the day especially when first started. Rarely does it cause other side effects, such as, changes in thoughts or nightmares; but that is usually only when the dose is too high for the patient. There is also a rare risk of sleep-walking or doing other behaviors while you are asleep, like eating, talking, having sex or driving a car. I have not seen any of those behaviors in my patients. It is like a miracle in those who have tried everything else (i.e. Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, or a benzodiazepines) without good results. It is very helpful in my patients with an underlying anxiety disorder. It is nice for the patient to at last find something that will work to help them sleep.
Clinical Tests have been very positive for this new medication
In clinical studies, it was proven effective in helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Also, there was no evidence of physical dependence (i.e. addiction) after using Belsomra for a long time; and there were no withdrawal symptoms after stopping the medication. As I use this more and more I will add to this article the responses I am getting from my patients; please check back from time to time.