Anyone who has ever suffered from insomnia will attest to the desperation it can cause. Desperate for a good night’s sleep, most insomniacs would try just about anything to get some rest. If you’re trying to decide between prescription medications and natural remedies, there are a few things you should know.
Prescription medications are usually more powerful, and will be a quick fix for those who have a serious case of insomnia. However. as with all prescription medications, there will probably be some side effects. In some people these side effects are minor, or they are worth the chance of having them because sleep deprivation is so severe. In other people the side effects won’t be worth it, especially for those who could have benefited from natural sleep aids instead.
Another down side of prescription medications is that they may become addictive or habit-forming. Before you know it, you need a higher and higher dosage to get the same effect. In some people, sleeping pills because so addictive that you can’t just quit suddenly if you run out or can no longer afford them. A sudden withdrawal can cause a plethora of bothersome symptoms, even including serious hallucinations. Sleeping pills can also interact with alcohol or other medications, so caution must be exercised at all times when using them. This is why sleeping pills should only be used for extreme cases, and never for long-term use. They can be an occasional cure but better sleep habits or natural sleep medications should be tried for chronic insomnia.
Natural remedies, on the other hand, come without side effects and can be used without having to schedule expensive and time-consuming doctor appointments. Most can be found in natural food stores, or even in regular grocery stores or drugstores. They also are not habit forming, so if you run out of your herbal tea there is no risk of hallucinations or dangerous health consequences. Natural sleep remedies are more gentle on your body, and can be used either for either short-term sleeping problems or long-term insomnia. Aside from herbal remedies, developing positive sleep habits and purchasing room darkening shades, a better mattress, and ear plugs may also help you get that elusive eight hours of sound sleep.