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Many people may wonder, "What is eszopiclone used for?" Eszopiclone is used for treating insomnia by helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Since the sleep medicine has not been tested in people under the age of 18, it is only approved for use in adults.
Eszopiclone (Lunesta®) is a prescription sleep medication that has been licensed to treat insomnia. It is part of a class of medications called sedatives or hypnotics and is a controlled substance (meaning that it may be habit-forming).
It is not unusual to have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, if you feel that you do not get enough sleep or cannot obtain satisfying sleep, you could possibly have a sleep disorder called insomnia.
Insomnia symptoms include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Non-refreshing sleep.
There are several types of insomnia. Insomnia types are often based on how long the insomnia lasts and how often it occurs. These types include:
- Acute insomnia (short-term)
- Transient insomnia (comes and goes)
- Chronic insomnia.
Short-term insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. It is often caused by emotional or physical discomfort, and can be related to a single specific event.
About 60 million Americans each year experience insomnia.
(Click Insomnia Causes for more information.)