Sonata is used to treat insomnia in those who have difficulty falling asleep. Since Sonata is cleared from the body very quickly, it is most effective during the first part of the night and does not appear to help people stay asleep longer. The medicine has not been studied in people under the age of 18, so there are currently no approved Sonata uses in children.
Sonata® (zaleplon) 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.)