5 Things to Consider Before Taking Sleeping Pills

Have you have been finding it difficult to sleep for a significant length of time, and you want to take the next step to solve your sleeping problems?

Many people immediately think of sleeping pills when they get to this point.  Before you take sleeping pills consider the following 5 facts:

Firstly, and most importantly, insomnia is always a symptom of something else.

Do you know what ‘your something else’ is?  If you don’t, then you should find out before taking anything that will mask the symptom.  If you take any natural remedies or sleeping pills you will not know if you have solved the underlying problem when, and if, you start sleeping well again. You will wonder, rightly, if it is the remedy/pills or your body readjusting naturally.

Secondly, an analysis of sleeping pills studies financed by the American Sleeping PillsNational Institutes of Health, as reported in the New York Times by Stephanie Saul October 23, 2007 said that “viewed as a group, the pills reduced the average time to go to sleep 12.8 minutes compared with fake pills, and increased total sleep time 11.4 minutes.”

Interestingly, in that same article were the following statements:  “Most sleeping pills work on the same brain receptors as drugs to treat anxiety.  By reducing anxiety, the pills may make people worry less about not going to sleep.  So they feel better.”

And continues “Another theory about the discrepancy between measured sleep and perceived sleep involves a condition called anterograde amnesia.  While under the influence of most sleep medications, people have trouble forming memories.  When they wake up, they may simply forget they had trouble sleeping.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/23/health/23drug.html?ref=nationalinstitutesofhealth

Thirdly, are you aware that medicated sleeping pills are generally addictive if used for a period of time?

Being addictive means that they their effectiveness is diminished over time – meaning you have to take more to get the same result.

Long term use is associated with a downward health spiral and use of other substances.  Being addictive also means that there can be withdrawal symptoms when they are discontinued, including rebound insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks or tremors. You may find yourself with two problems – your lack of sleep and your addiction to the medication.

Fourthly, sleeping pills will never solve the underlying problem.  You will eventually have to deal with your underlying problem, so why put it off?

Lastly, on rare occasions some sleeping pills have been associated with some bizarre behaviors including sleep-driving and sleep-eating.

Did you know that there are many proven natural strategies that will help people sleep without taking any pills, even natural remedies?

They include exercise, a healthy diet that doesn’t contain colorings and chemicals.  Investigate if you have an allergy or intolerance to a list of over 50 food additives and chemicals that affect many aspects of sleep and mood.  Use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you with psychological problems.  Hydrate.  Learn to relax through guided relaxation cycles, meditation, listening to music, massage.  Hypnosis works for many people and is easily downloadable.  Make a decision to solve the problem that is keeping you awake if it is the mortgage, your unfulfilling work, etc.  Strategies designed by homeopaths, kinesiologists, Chinese herbalists, etc.  There are many more solutions that have been proven to be successful.

It is very important to know NOT to withdraw from taking sleeping pills without medical supervision.