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With most sleeping disorders there will be a sleeping pill that could benefit your sleeping pattern. Anything from antihistamines to antidepressants are used to treat various different sleeping problems and have varied success rates. You may find that medication is the only effective treatment for you disorder, particularly if you suffer from Narcolepsy.

However, you will be encouraged to try various other lifestyle changes, natural remedies and so forth before you turn to medication, even behind-the-counter medicine. This is because the medication, in most cases, will not cure your disorder, it will merely get rid of the symptoms and your disrupted sleep will most likely return after you stop taking the medication. Due to the nature of sleeping pills, you are recommended to take the medication for no longer than a few weeks (depending on your disorder or sleep problem) and you must try and sleep without relying on the medication. It may be the case that just by knowing you have some medication to take should you find you cannot sleep, then you won’t become anxious when trying to sleep as you know there is a solution should you need it.

Are Sleeping Pills Addictive?

Another issue regarding sleeping pills is the fact that, like with most drugs, your body will become accustomed to the medication and you may start to need increased dosages. Thus, this then adds to the risk of addiction and bigger “hangovers” the next day and evident withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them. It is also thought that frequent use of medication does not generally improve your sleeping patterns. Therefore, it is important that you do not become reliant on medication in order to sleep as this may only worsen your condition. Speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have over withdrawals, addictions and so on. You may be able to continue with a repeat prescription, but this does not mean it is the best solution. If you find that your sleeping patterns are not improving then it may be a good idea to assess whether you need to continue taking the medication.

There are many different alternatives to sleeping pills and as these are natural, simple changes you can adapt within your lifestyle, there is no harm in trying! The only thing you may need during this time is perseverance as not all remedies will be suitable for you. If you have been taking medication for your sleeping disorder for quite a while then you should seek medical help with your withdrawals and you mayl need the support of family and friends.


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