Benzodiazepine (Sleeping Pills)
Benzodiazepines work by stimulating the GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is the ‘gamma aminobutyric acid’ and is the principle ‘inhibitory’ neurotransmitter in the brain. What this means, is that neurons release GABA during certain communications (action potentials) and this then suppresses their activity. In high enough quantities, GABA can have highly sedative effects causing individuals to become unresponsive and sleepy. In the correct doses this can have a therapeutic effect helping those suffering with anxiety and other problems to relax and enjoy a sense of calm.