How Sleep Aids Work

There are many different types of sleep aids for insomnia, including over-the-counter (non-prescription) and prescription medications.

Determining which medication may be right for you depends on your insomnia symptoms and many different health factors. This is why it's important to consult with a doctor before taking a sleep aid.

Major classes of prescription insomnia medications include benzodiazepine hypnotics, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, and melatonin receptor agonists.