July 4, 2011
Your sleeping well-being is not only about external aspects. It’s not just about the pillows, the blankets, and although it IS very important, it’s not only about the mattress either. Of course, sleeping is about what goes on inside you – your overall physiological balance is very important. Stress upsets this balance, which often results to insomnia or other forms of sleeping problems.
The supposed solution
If you would go to your friends, parents, or even a doctor, asking for a solution to this dilemma, most of them might suggest that you take sleeping pills. Sleeping pills aren’t meant purely for your misfortune of course. Its purpose is to provide immediate relief to those who are severely suffering from insomnia. However, taking sleeping pills will not be 100% good for you.
Why? What’s wrong will sleeping pills?
1. The main problem with sleeping pills is that they are habit-forming and will make you dependent on them, enslaving your nights, your peace, and your wallet. Although newer pills in the market have been designed to reduce side effects, common side effects of sleeping pills include dizziness, blurry vision, headaches, and even memory loss!
2. They induce artificial sleep, which is really not good for you, especially in emergency scenarios. Perhaps a fire alarm goes of in your place, or someone warns of you of something dangerous, like an earthquake. Since you’re in artificial sleep, your sleep might be so deep that you might not even wake up! Even a heavy sleeper, as long as he is not sleeping because of an artificial chemical working in the brain, will wake up to an alarm of an impending danger.
3. There is a chance that you will fall asleep at the wrong times. This includes while you are driving. It sounds serious and very unlikely (“what are the chances, right?”), but believe it or not, it’s not uncommon. People get arrested because they were driving under the influence of sleeping pills – it’s as dangerous as drinking while driving. Although there are less insomniacs who take sleeping pills than there are alcoholics who drink while driving, the danger is still there, and if I were you, I will not take any chance at all.
4. If you start taking sleeping pills, there won’t be a 100% guarantee that you won’t need it the next night. The thing is, sleeping pills aren’t best used taken as a maintenance medication for people with chronic insomnia. You can’t depend on them forever, every night. It’s just not good for you.
So what should you do?
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Don’t settle for sleeping pills. Make sure you don’t even need it in the first place. Know how to fight insomnia but cutting it of from the roots. Make sure you read our tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, naturally. So in the case of sleeping pills, you don’t have to experience the side-effects of the “cure” if you can just remove the need for the “cure” in the first place.