Sleeping pills can and do become addictive. In addition, your body can develop a tolerance after the first couple of weeks. Also, another point that most people are unaware of, is that the pills usually contain an antihistamine, like that in most sinus medications. This can make your nose, mouth and eyes dry, so be sure to drink plenty of water ro avoid dehydration.

Don’t take a higher dose than prescribed, or mix the medication with sedatives or alcohol. If the dosage no longer works, it is best to discontinue the medication.

It is always best to discuss with your doctor first if you are having problems sleeping instead of reaching for medication. Make sure that you ask about the best time to take the medication, and any side effects the medication may have. Be sure to report any side effects that you may be having.

Another drawback is that sleep medication will stay in your blood stream, so you may not feel very “refreshed” the following morning. It can give an effect similar to a hangover.

There has been much debating amongst researchers and medical experts on the use of sleep inducers, or sleeping pills. They do however, offer some short term help.

There are a lot of other alternatives you can try – don’t drink coffee after dinner, try a relaxing warm bath, don’t drink alcoholic beverages, eat a light dinner at an earlier hour, change your exercise routines, try natural herbal remedies, don’t go to bed worried or mad – relax, all of these things can help.

Read all that you can about natural methods for helping you. Magazines and newspapers constantly print reports on sleeplessness, which is a growing problem, and often these are accompanied by helpful tips.

If these alternatives don’t seem to help, then speak to your physician before reaching for those sleeping pills, either prescribed, or available over the counter.

This is written as one person’s opinion, to show that there are alternatives. Seek medical advice.

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