After feeling restless for a few days, Mrs. Nina Lobo went to her family physician, who advised her to go in for blood tests as well as an ECG test. Everything came back normal. Mrs. Lobo was working as general manager for a financial analysis company and had been under a lot of pressure due to the excessive demands of her job. On many nights, she was forced to work until midnight and couldn’t find the time to get proper sleep.
One day, Mrs. Lobo found herself at the local pharmacy shopping for aspirin, when she decided to ask about sleeping pills. Since the owner was a family friend, he was kind enough to give her a couple nights worth of pills for trial. Despite the pharmacist’s generosity, Mrs. Lobo still could not sleep properly and felt miserable when she got out of bed in the early morning to head to the office. Luckily for her, it stopped there.
In today’s hectic world, sleeping disorders have become a commonplace health issue. And for many people, taking sleeping pills has become just as prevalent. There are a variety of sleeping pills available on the shelves of pharmacies across the country, making them far more accessible than they should be. Despite the fact that doctors will only recommend taking sleeping pills in very critical cases, many patients with minor sleeping issue insist on receiving a prescription for them.
Sleeping pills do not allow you to get the natural sleep your body needs and cause far more trouble than good. Regularly taking sleeping pills causes your body to become acclimated to them until you are unable to sleep without them. Regular intake also leads to the human body building up immunity over time, resulting in users increasing their dosage, which not only has negative effects on the mind and body, but can also be fatal in extreme cases.
Despite such a high number of users, doctors say that the only time sleeping pills should be taken is if a patient has a very specific and severe condition causing them to have no other alternatives. For example, if a patient is going through acute mental tension or has a sleeping disorder that has prevented them from getting any rest for over 48 hours, they may be prescribed sleeping medication. If this is the case, precautions can still be taken to limit the negative effects of the pills on your body. Taking sleeping pills every other day instead of doing so daily will help reduce your likelihood of making it a destructive habit. And taking them 30 minutes before bed and never after midnight will help prevent causing you to feel drowsy during your workday.
Still, there are some individuals that should avoid sleeping pills all together. Pregnant women for example, as the medication can cause mental defects in their unborn child. As well as, people who have lung and heart problems. Surprisingly, people that snore should avoid the pills as well, due to rare cases in which said person will suddenly stop breathing in their sleep.
Heavy stress is the main culprit behind not getting enough sleep and the only cure for such stress is trying to achieve peace of mind. A balanced diet and lifestyle can help with this, though in today’s busy world, finding a moment to relax and de-stress can be nearly impossible. Still, it is a well-researched fact that sleeping pills are not miracle drugs and will not help your body get what it needs to properly overcome sleep disorders.