Can't Get No Sleep?
Can't get no sleep and tried everything you can think of to get to sleep? You are not alone. In a recent study it was revealed that one out of three adults suffer from some form of insomnia.
Insomnia remains under recognized and inadequately treated. There are several factors hindering the appropriate recognition of insomnia and its appropriate management. They include lack of physician education about insomnia, and also the belief that sleep complaints are not important, among both patients and physicians.
With this in mind the big pharmaceutical corporations are taking advantage. The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable in the world. In 2004 alone, 550 Billion dollars worth in sales were made. They spend millions a year on and advertising and promotions.
I’m sure you are familiar with these adverts– Healthy people smiling and running along the beach, having the time of their lives. All thanks to the ‘X’ drug.
A majority of their profits come from prescription medication. Haven’t you noticed the consistently reoccurring line from all these adverts? ‘Ask your doctor about…’. This absolutely works, more and more people are going to their doctors asking them about the wonders of ‘X’ medication, often knowing very little about its usage.
We are often blinded from the truth. We see these fancy adverts and think ‘I want that!’ The emotional attachment to these adverts is exactly what these big corporations want. They’re not interested in your health or your well being.
Do they ever tell you about the possible adverse drug reactions? I doubt it, otherwise you would probably know about the estimated 100,000 deaths in the US each year from adverse drug reactions.
Are they really providing cures for insomnia? Absolutely not, they are selling the idea though. Ok, so using prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids aren’t all bad, but they should not be relied upon especially for the long term sufferer.
You should always consult your doctor before taking sleep medication. You should also avoid taking them for more than 2 or 3 nights in a row, as prolonged use can cause ‘rebound’ insomnia.
We spend an average 3.45 hours watching TV a day and we are consistently bombarded by these pharmaceutical adverts selling the dream. In fact many prescription drugs are becoming household names because of their successful advertising campaigns. People automatically assume that authority types can be trusted. We are essentially being brainwashed by these corporations.
Although sleeping pills help you fall asleep they are generally bad news. They will break down your body’s natural sleep cycle and make sleep very difficult in the long term. It may also affect the amount of deep sleep you attain during the night as most major sleeping pills interfere with normal brain wave patterns.
You may find that you wake up feeling groggy, drowsy or tired. Other Side effects include urinary retention, blurred vision, dizziness and palpitations. Sleeping pills may help you get to sleep but with continual use your body will build tolerance, and you may find that you need to ‘up’ your dose to attain the same affect.
In a recent survey it indicated that only 63 percent of medical schools were including structured sleep medicine sessions in their curricula. More shockingly in a recent study, only 10 percent of primary care physicians rated their sleep knowledge as good. Furthermore there is a common belief among physicians that treatments are not effective or cause more problems.
With this constant exposure to quick-fix solutions it’s hard to see what alternative solutions are out there. In fact there are far more effective non-pharmaceutical solutions if you are prepared to look.
If you absolutely have to take something, then consider natural sleep remedies first. Standardized Valerian extract is a safe and non addictive sedative which works by calming the mind and body. Lemon balm and Hops, are also soothing herbs which can calm and relax the mind and body.
Although natural sleep remedies contain natural ingredients it may interfere with prescription medication or may not be suitable for you. Professional medical advice should be sought when considering alternative remedies and sleeping pills.
It’s important when dealing with insomnia, to tackle the cause and not just the symptoms. This is why many people fail at beating insomnia.
Therapies and practices such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture are far more effective than sleeping pills as they deal with the underlying causes of insomnia and not just the symptoms.