Sleep Medication and Its Long Term Impacts
Sleeping pills are over-prescribed. There should always be caution with prescribing these medications as some of the long-term effects on memory can be a problem. Instead more sex and cuddles with your partner are a better option for sleep.
Nationally nearly 680,000 sleeping pill prescriptions were doled out in the year to June 30. Before taking sleep medication, there were several things people could do to help with issues around sleep.
Avoiding stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed, regular exercise and healthy eating are far better options. At the same time a hot bath, more sex and cuddles with your partner are among the highly recommended options.
Long-term use of sleeping pills is always risky. If somebody’s using it on a daily basis there’s more chance of them becoming addicted.
If someone is taking a drug that gives a black-out, knock-out, zonk of a sleep then after six months or so and if someone’s body doesn’t know how to go to sleep because the drugs make it go to sleep. However, if sleeping medication was used appropriately, it could provide a huge amount of relief for those suffering insomnia or stress. Not having enough sleep will make anyone more psychotic after a while because humans have to sleep.
People unable to sleep might also benefit from sleep medication. Stress, anxiety and being strung out could all cause insomnia. While sleeping pills provided a “quick fix”, people had to deal with their underlying issues if they were to tackle sleeplessness.
There is a steady increase reported in prescription figures for all medications, including sleeping tables and it is expected to expand exponentially in coming years. Population growth, greater access to healthcare services and better data collection had all contributed to higher prescription numbers.
Side effects of sleeping medication included dullness and the risk of dependency. Those could be worse in elderly patients. Elders don’t excrete sleeping medication so well and the dose can become cumulative and so can contribute to falls and things like that.
Children with epilepsy or those suffering from a terminal illness were sometimes prescribed sleeping medication to provide sedation. This needs extreme care and proper medical advice.
Filed under: Anxiety • Depression • Hypertension • Sleep • Sleep Apnea • Sleep Apnea Awareness • Sleep Deprivation • Sleep Disordered Breathing • Sleep Disorders • Sleep Medicine • Sleep Problems • Stress • Supplements
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