The Perils of Sleep Aids

September 23, 2010

in Barnaby, Insomnia, Sleeping Disorders, Sleeping Tips, Your Stories

Hi all,

It is Barnaby here. I’ve previously discussed why I can’t use common sleep aids, but I went against my own rules out of desperation for some sleep the other night. Once again, the sleep aid I used caused me to be quite out of it the following day — even more so than I usually am after tossing and turning all night. For those of you using either prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids, I’d like to enumerate the potential hazards from these drugs. Although many can use common sleep aids without any adverse effects, some (including myself) can experience one or several of the following events:

– Increasing drug tolerance forcing you to continually step up your dosage
– Possible withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of use
– Some sleep aids can result in dependency
– Some experience “rebound insomnia” after discontinuing sleep aid use
– Sleep aids can have unforeseen interactions with other drugs you may be taking
– Side effects can be present with many common over the counter sleep aids

When used for occasional insomnia, sleep aids can be quite helpful and are generally safe. However, those who use sleep aids for extended periods are often just masking the underlying condition which is causing the insomnia. Failure to recognize some possible causes — including sleep apnea — can lead to even more severe adverse health conditions. If you find yourself continually using sleep aids, then it is advised you seek the opinion of a qualified health care provider in order to ascertain whether sleep aid use can be safely continued. Unfortunately, my insomnia is unable to be solved with simple sleep aids — but hopefully I find my magic sleep bullet soon.

Good Night (said hopefully…),

Barnaby

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Justin October 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

it may sound weird but i suggest trying marijuana if you really cant sleep. It really does help relax you and you sleep very well after using it. I know that occasionally doctors prescribe this for people who cannot take common sleep aids. Hope this helps

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Susan "Snoring Solutions" Adams October 17, 2010 at 2:59 am

Insomnia or lack of sleep may derived to snoring. And this may take to another problem that you are gonna go through. Preventing them must do and why don’t you try some tea to relax your nerve and make you sleepy that might help.

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Cj May 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Try a bottle of jack daniels…. dont stopd drinking until you fall asleep. Has always worked for me.

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