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The Effect Of Sleeping Pills To Your Well-Being

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Do you have trouble sleeping? Can you sleep naturally without the aid of prescribed sleeping pills? Do you know how important sleep is?

Sleeping is essential to one’s health. It gives your body a chance to recover from the daily wear and tear of life, it facilitates learning and memory, and the immune system is boost once you have a sufficient sleep. I have an article that you can read here, where I talk about how important sleep is to your health.

But sometimes, we can’t control things. There are times when we overthink life, work, and problems, and these factors can contribute to our trouble in sleeping. Often, we turn into food supplements that can help resolve our problem in sleeping. Sometimes, we go to our doctors so they can prescribe us a sleeping pill.

Yes, this can be very helpful, especially if we need to sleep. It can provide a night of good sleep, and that’s important. But when we rely on sleeping pills, it may cause more harm than good.

Here are the reasons why we shouldn’t rely too much on sleeping pills:

  1. You can build up a tolerance to sleeping pills. Your body will be accustomed to the pills that you’ll need to have higher doses for it to be effective. And having higher doses can lead to depressed breathing while you sleep, which can cause death.

  2. May cause erratic behavior like sleepwalking and amnesia.

  3. Cancer, and death. Those who take sleeping pills are most likely to die or get cancer than those who didn’t according to a study published in BMJ Open in 2012.

  4. Rebound insomnia. Those who have taken sleeping pills in a long time may find it hard to stop and would develop this kind of insomnia. This happens when you stop taking the pills. So, when you stop taking pills, talk to your doctor so they can taper the doses and not stop it abruptly.

  5. Dizziness and forgetfulness.

  6. Headaches, nausea, and difficulty swallowing or breathing.

So, what will you do when you need to take sleeping pills?

When taking sleeping pills, make sure that it is prescribed and do not take over-the-counter pills without consulting to your doctor. Keep these safety guidelines in mind when you need to take pills to aid with your sleeping problem:

  1. Never mix pills with alcohol or other sedative drugs.

  2. Only take the pills when you have enough time for at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep.

  3. Do not take a second dose of sleeping pills in the middle of the night

  4. Start with the lowest recommended dose.

  5. It is recommended that you do not operate any machinery or drive a car after taking a pill.

There are also other ways you can do to help you get to sleep.

  1. Relaxation technique. This technique can only not help you get to sleep but also reduces stress: a simple meditation exercise, yoga, and the use of deep breathing.

  2. An exercise during the day can improve your sleep at night. It is believed that the best time to exercise is in the late afternoon or early evening, not before getting to bed and aim for at least 30 minutes four times a week of exercise.

  3. Opting for herbal and dietary supplements can help. But as a general rule, do not drink herbal or dietary supplements when you are taking prescribed pills. Ask your doctor about it.

The biggest takeaway is that we have to get enough amount of sleep. And if we have trouble sleeping, we can try to do relaxation techniques or take herbal tea instead. If these options do not work, consult a doctor for a sleeping pill and don’t rely on it too much to avoid its harmful effects.

What do you do when you have trouble sleeping?

Source: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/sleeping-pills-and-natural-sleep-aids.htm



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