Sleeping Pills - Some things to discuss
These days, we have a pill for everything. A pill to cure baldness, a pill to make us thin, a pill to keep us happy and even pills to help us sleep better. If you suffer from insomnia, taking sleeping pills probably seems like the perfect solution. You pop a pill, rest your head on the pillow, and the next thing you know, you’re waking up in the morning, rested and refreshed.
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? No more staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning and getting up for endless glasses of water. But are sleeping pills actually a good idea?
That fact is, over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills are best used for one-off situations, such as following surgery or when flying across multiple time zones. However, if you take sleeping pills regularly, you’re not actually treating the cause of your insomnia. In fact, you may actually be hurting yourself.
Both over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills have side-affects. These commonly include headaches, nausea, constipation, aching muscles, dizziness, daytime drowsiness and difficulty concentrating. Sedative-hypnotic sleeping pills can have serious risks – facial swelling, hallucinations, memory blanks, and sleepwalking.
The more often you take sleeping pills, the more your body gets used to the drugs, and so you have to take a higher dosage to have any effect. This increases your chance of having a severe reaction to the drugs, as well as making you dependent on the drug to be able to sleep.
If you stop taking sleeping pills after taking them regularly for some time, you will probably suffer withdrawal symptoms like nausea, sweating and shaking, and you may have a few sleepless nights while your body adjusts. This is called “rebound insomnia” and usually calms down after a couple of weeks, but many people return to the sleeping pills before that time.
Prescription sleeping pills like benzodiazepine sedative hypnotic sleeping pills can lose their effectiveness’ if used for several nights in a row. These sleeping pills actually reduce the quality of your sleep – you don’t spend as much time in deep sleep and REM sleep.
Herbal sleeping pills, on the other hand, have very few side-effects and help treat long-term sleeping problems. Used with common techniques to alter your sleep environment and night time routine, herbal sleeping pills can work wonders for disrupted sleep.
The range of SleepDrops products is designed to work with the body to support re-establishment of a regular sleeping pattern with none of the nasty side-effects associated with prescription sleeping tablets.