May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common
Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common
March 4th 2006
Sleep is incredibly important and untreated sleep disorders can lead to
daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease of
failure. Insomnia is a very common condition that can rob an individual
of their daytime alertness.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that 25 percent of
Americans report a problem with sleep and as many as 10 percent of the
population have chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a condition characterized
by a difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Sufferers may have
difficulty falling asleep, or may often wake up during the night having
trouble falling back to sleep. They may also wake up too early in the
morning or feel tired upon waking.
The tired feeling upon waking has been called sleep inertia in a recent
study and may actually be normal. Researchers have characterized this
sleep inertia as similar to being drunk. It is not unusual to be groggy
for 10 minutes or so after waking, but a tired feeling all day is not
There are several reasons why a person may experience insomnia,
including asthma, depression, arthritis, cancer, or heartburn, pain,
medication you are taking, or a substance consumed like alcohol.
Treatments for the these conditions may help alleviate insomnia.
The use of sleeping pills is on the rise. The ABC News program, World
News Tonight, ran a story about the new drugs including Lunesta, Ambien,
and Sonata. These drugs are supposed to have few or no side effects,
according to the report. Since there have been no long term studies on
these drugs, no one really knows about the long term side effects.
More Americans than ever are taking the new sleeping pills. There were
42 million prescriptions filled last year, up almost 60% in the past six
years. Some claim that the sharp increase in the use of sleeping pills
is the result of marketing. Drug companies spent 300 million dollars
last year in their marketing efforts.
There are other options you may want to try before popping the pills.
The NBC News program, Today, recommended removing such things as your TV
and Computer from your bedroom. The bedroom should be used for sleeping
exclusively. There are also breathing and relaxation exercises you can
You may wish to seek the advice of a sleep specialist. Insomnia could
be caused by other underlying diseases such as depression. The NIH says
that alternative methods could reduce the need for sleeping pills in 91
percent of patients.
Some experts have recommended that if you are unable to sleep after 20
minutes, to get up and leave the bedroom. Read a book or perform some
other activity. If you find yourself lying awake because of worries, it
may help to make a to-do list before going to sleep. One of the most
famous books on the subject of worry is How to Stop Worrying and Start
Living by Dale Carnegie. Carnegie suggests developing a written plan to
deal with your problems.
There are many
sleep disorders besides insomnia. Sleep Apnea, snoring, narcolepsy,
hypersomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder,
sleep-related eating disorders, circadian rhythm disruption, parasomnias
and psychotic sleep disorders, could also rob a person of their “good
nights sleep”. Visit our special sleep disorders section for
information on sleep.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
help you Sleep
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