Many people who suffer from Insomnia symptoms, specially in the early stages, might think that sleeping pills will be the magic solution for their sleeping problems.
Actually it’s not !!
In contrast sleeping pills might be doing more damage to you than help ..
The origins of this comes from the fact that insomnia research might be done by people who don’t suffer from the problem, people who don’t know the pain and thus they don’t suggest appropriate solutions.
Sleeping pills care about solving one specific problem which is : the absence of sleep. So their solution is to force the mind to go into sleeping mode, but what about the quality of the sleep ? what about the patient not feeling well after using the pills ?
No answers ..
Sleeping Stages :
Sleep comes in at least three stages : Stage 1, Deep Sleep, REM Sleep.
We are interested in the Deep sleep stage in this article, Deep sleep, or ?slow wave? sleep is the deepest type of sleep in which no dreaming happens. It is also known as delta sleep because it is characterised by delta brain waves. This type of sleep is the most physically refreshing and when you have not had enough delta sleep, you may feel both physically and emotionally exhausted. If you often get up having dreamed vividly but feeling tense and unrefreshed, then you are probably not getting enough delta sleep.
The problem with sleeping pills that it is known to reduce the amount of delta sleep obtained.
The lack of deep sleep causes a feeling that you have been cheated, you have sure been unconscious for a little while but you don’t feel any rest or refreshment, you’re still feeling as tired as you were before sleeping, this is the hangover effect of sleeping pills and it is a common conclusion of many attempts of solving your sleeping problems with sleeping pills.
The feeling of a sleeping pill hangover can be worse than the feeling after a sleepless night. Not only is delta sleep reduced, but many prescription drugs are known to reduce the time spent in REM sleep, which means that they interfere with mental recovery and emotional well-being.
Bearing this in mind, it is not surprising that sleeping pills often cause daytime anxiety and depression. Because insomnia can cause depression, it is often thought that insomnia medication may help to treat depression, and conversely, depression is sometimes thought to be the cause of insomnia.
This results in anti-depressants such as Prozac being prescribed for insomnia patients, whether or not they have actually ever claimed to be depressed. However, recent research suggests that both these assumptions are mistaken. An analysis of data of clinical trials submitted to the FDA found that patients taking sedative hypnotics were much more likely to develop depression.
Like any other addictive drug, almost all hypnotic sleeping pills have two main ways in which they can be addictive:
1. Firstly, if you have taken sleeping pills you will be familiar with how, after a time, the medication seems to stop working. As a result, higher and higher doses are needed to obtain the same effect. A common occurrence is that the drug eventually stops working altogether.
2. In addition, almost all sleeping pills have been shown to be physically addictive which means that withdrawal symptoms can be severe, even life-threatening. This happens even though the drug may have stopped having any beneficial effect. Withdrawal symptoms may include shakiness, anxiety, panic, palpitations, epileptic fits, increased insomnia and even death.