If you have been having problems getting a good quality sleep for more than two weeks, you should consult your health care provider. Insomnia and sleep disorders could be symptoms of other types of disorders.
If the cause of your sleepless nights cannot be identified immediately, your doctor can prescribe an antidepressant or a sleeping pill temporarily. Antidepressants have a sleep- inducing side effect and tend to work for months while sleeping pills tend to be effective for a much shorter time.
Most people who complain of chronic sleeping problems will sooner or later end up in a doctor’s office asking for sleeping pills. Most of these people are probably suffering from depression or some other underlying anxiety-related problem, but do not know or reluctant to admit it. This is why patients get sleeping pills. Not only are they taking the wrong medication for their situation, they are also covering and delaying effective treatment for the real problem.
The people who would really benefit from taking sleeping pills are those who have no history of drug or alcohol abuse, or chronic psychiatric disorder. Their problems are only temporary, resulting from a newly acquired depression, work-related stress, job loss, or some other short-term but nonetheless major trauma. Sleeping tablets is effective as a short-term solution until the trauma is dealt with.
It is important to realize that chronic sleep deprivation may leave you incapable of thinking clearly or functioning physically and mentally. Unfortunately, with medication, you may not have either the energy, will, or ability to address the underlying issue.
Not all sleep disorder specialists agree in the need for counseling. But some people suffering from lack of sleep should see a counselor, if only for a short time, in order to get help in understanding their underlying psychological problems. It is always better to consider non-drug treatment first. In addition, we should encourage treatments that empower us to overcome our own problems.
If you are about to start taking sleeping pills, there are some facts you should be aware of. For one thing, there is no such thing as the perfect sleeping pill. Moreover, the same medication affects people differently. Even though sleeping pills may be described as having, say, six-hour action (six-hour of uninterrupted sleep,) that could mean three hours in one individual and ten hours in another, depending on age and existing medical conditions.
Sleeping pills are only a short-term solution, depending on the individual and the frequency with which they are taken. If taken every night, sleeping tablets are more likely to become ineffective. And because they can be both psychologically and physically addictive, getting people off them can be difficult. Therefore, it’s usually best not to get started. The effect on short-term memory can be terrible. In addition, some sleeping pills will linger in the system for up to 24 hours and may affect psycho-motor functions required when operating machinery or driving.