When you struggle for a few nights either unable
to fall asleep or to
remain sleeping soundly throughout the whole night, you will probably
quickly start to consider taking some form of sleeping pills to allow
you to get the rest you need. However, the biggest problem with
sleeping medications, besides their tendency to be addictive and habit
forming, is that they do
nothing to tackle the underlying problems
behind your inability to sleep properly.
general, sleeping pills are simply
a crutch that far too many people
rely on because they allow them to quickly fall asleep and
refreshed enough to tackle the coming day. While this all sounds well
and good, the truth of the matter is that sleeping pills only mask the
problem and will never be more than a temporary solution as all they do
is mask whatever other issue is causing the insomnia in the first
isn't to say that sleeping medications should never be used, but
the problem is that in most cases, the sleeping problems will start to
return as soon as the person stops taking the sleeping pills, as
whatever the underlying cause of the insomnia is, it will still persist
untreated and thus very quickly the insomnia will start
all over again.
a person discontinues using sleeping medications and their
sleeping problems return, this condition is referred to as rebound
insomnia. Returning insomnia is becoming increasingly common, as more
and more people are suffering from poor sleeping patterns or excessive
amounts of stress, anxiety, or worries, which they attempt to treat by
taking sleeping pills.
isn't to say that sleeping medications don't have their place or
should never be used, but what it does mean is that you need to be
careful about how you use them and you should never use
them for a
prolonged period of time, or else your sleeping problems are likely to
return with a vengeance as soon as you discontinue using the medication.
to Avoid Getting Rebound Insomnia
can probably go without saying, but obviously the easiest way to
avoid rebound insomnia is to avoid
using sleeping medications in the
past, doctors were very quick to almost
indiscriminately prescribe sleeping medications to pretty much anyone
who came into their office complaining about a lack of sleep, and this
practice still continues quite frequently today.
you combine this over prescription with the huge number of over
the counter, chemical sleeping pills available on the market, it should
then not come as much of a surprise that many people often experience
this condition of returning insomnia whenever they stop taking their
In order to try to
prevent this condition from happening, you have a few different
options, including cognitive
behavioral therapy,natural sleeping remedies and herbal
a prescription for sleeping medications used to be the norm when
people came into their doctors complaining of sleeping problems, many
doctors are finally starting to realize that there are other, more
effective treatment methods.
such method that has really started to
gain in acceptance recently is sleep-related cognitive behavioral
therapy, which is a fairly long
process that involves lots of
introspection in order to try and understand the
underlying cause of
the insomnia, and then developing certain tools and skills that can be
used to try to counteract these causes.
it is a rapidly growing field, it may still be difficult to
find someone in your area that offers this service.
providers have yet to recognize therapy or counseling as
effective form of insomnia treatment, meaning that they won't cover the
costs, while they will still, of course, cover the expenses for
prescription sleeping pills.
you have access to a cognitive
behavioral therapy program, it is very
highly recommended, as more and
more evidence is starting to show that it is the most effective, long
term solution for insomnia.
if you can't find a specialist in your area, or simply want to
try some of your other options, you could consider trying something
like yoga, meditation, or other relaxation exercises such as
relaxation involves slowly
on each part of your body, and fully relaxing that area
further up, until at last reaching your head and fully relaxing your
body and mind to allow sleep to come naturally.
area which has started to gain in acceptance is the use of
for insomnia (or hypnotherapy) to again try to address the
worries or concerns behind your inability to fall asleep. Again, you
may have difficulties finding someone in your area offering sleep
hypnotherapy, but if you can, then it might be well worth it.
there are also a huge number of all natural
and herbal supplements
that can also help you to fall asleep more
naturally. Even simple things like aromatherapy
or a warm, relaxing
bath before bedtime are great alternatives to sleeping
these natural remedies are completely safe for long term
use, meaning they can be used as often as needed without becoming
addicted. While these solutions are not permanent and will still do
nothing to treat the underlying cause, they nonetheless provide a much
higher quality of sleep than you get with prescription
if you feel the need to take sleeping pills to treat short term
insomnia, there is a way to at least attempt to prevent returning
insomnia. The most important thing is to slowly discontinue the use of
the pills, instead of just stopping suddenly. Many doctors
help this by
slowly prescribing smaller doses or weaker medications and possibly
even a placebo, until the patient can finally sleep on their own.
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