July 29, 2016
IF YOU HAVE INSOMNIA, just making it through the day can be a challenge. There’s nothing worse than being exhausted and climbing into bed, only to toss and turn, unable to get more than a few minutes of dozing in at a time.
The struggle is most definitely real.
When you’re so tired you could cry, sleeping pills can be a huge temptation. For many people, pills provide excellent relief and allow them to get some much-needed rest.
Before you rush out to try an over-the-counter sleep aid or ask your doctor for a prescription, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of sleeping pills. Many come with side effects, and all should be used carefully and only as directed. Make sure the benefits of that good night’s sleep outweigh the risks.
Sleeping pills are sedatives, some of which can be habit forming if not taken correctly or relied upon for too long a period. Be sure to check with your doctor before using any sleeping pills. Sleeping pills, like any medication, also have side effects:
It’s also important to avoid alcohol while using sleeping pills and to stay alert for signs of an allergic reaction, which can include swelling, itching, hives, vomiting and shortness of breath.
If the side effects of sleeping pills have you a little spooked about trying them, there’s good news: There are plenty of non-chemical ways to try to improve the quality of your sleep. Many of these tips are good, commonsense ways to improve your overall health as well, so it’s time well spent giving them a try:
Whether you choose to try sleeping pills or any of these non-medical alternatives, don’t give up on getting a good night’s sleep. Proper rest is crucial for your health and happiness, so keep trying!