Newer medications help reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. Some of these sleep-inducing drugs, which bind to the same receptors in the brain as do benzodiazepines, include Lunesta , Sonata , and Ambien . They are somewhat less likely than benzodiazepines to be habit-forming, but over time can still sometimes cause physical dependence. They can work quickly to increase drowsiness and sleep. Another sleep aid, called Rozerem , acts differently from other sleep medicines by affecting a brain hormone called melatonin, and is not habit-forming. Belsomra is another unique sleep aid that affects a brain chemical called orexin , and is not addictive or habit-forming.
Although there is no cure for COPD, as of 2015, there are treatment options that make living with the disease more bearable, explains WebMD. People can slow down the disease’s progression through lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, and avoiding triggers that set off exacerbations, including air pollution. Medications can limit the effect of COPD symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or coughing, including both long- and short-term medication options. Regular exercise and losing weight if necessary can also increase overall health and stave off attacks. Depending on the severity of the disease, oxygen supplementation may improve functionality and lessen symptoms.