Xanax is the brand name for a generic sleep aid called alprazolam. This is a drug in the benzodiazepines group of medicines that is available only through a prescription. It is most frequently prescribed to help to rebalance the chemicals in the brain so that anxiety can become more manageable, but it is also often given to people who need help with their sleep. Sleep disorders are not uncommon among individuals suffering from anxiety or depression, and the use of a drug such as Xanax can help the patient to relax so that it becomes easier to fall asleep and stay sleeping.
Xanax is generally prescribed by physicians in order to help patients with their high levels of anxiety over the short-term. This mild sedative also helps them to achieve the sleep that they need throughout this time, which can also be effective in lowering anxiety levels.
Unlike many other types of anti-anxiety medications, Xanax can help to induce sleep in an individual from the first time that it is used. It is effective enough to assist an individual who has been suffering with insomnia even if he or she has already tried other forms of psychological and physical therapies and remains sleepless.
That said, as effective as Xanax may be over the short-term, it is not designed for prolonged use. This drug, if used over time, can be habit forming and can lead to an addiction. If the drug is used consistently over a period of several weeks, the result can be tolerance issues and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. However, if the drug is needed only over a shorter period of time, then this may be a good choice for helping to keep things calm so that better rest can be achieved. The key is to speak with a doctor about the actual use of the drug, so that it can be taken properly and only over an appropriate amount of time.
It is important to note that Xanax does not actually cure the issue that is causing the insomnia, such as anxiety. Instead, it provides a temporary solution that allows the patient to relax and fall asleep. If insomnia is an ongoing problem, it is important that the patient seek additional therapies in order to overcome the cause, since the insomnia will only return with the cessation of the drug, if the problem itself has not yet been resolved.