Taking sleeping pills is sometimes unavoidable – and a gift of blessing. But after a short time, they cause addiction. Read how to use sleeping pills correctly – so that sleeping pills don’t become the cause of sleep disorders. As paradoxical as it may sound, sleeping pills are one of the most common reasons for sleep disorders. Because almost all sleeping pills intervene deeply in the chemistry of sleep and are often also addictive. But sometimes sleeping pills are the drug of choice. However, it is important that you use sleeping pills properly.
Always Take Sleeping Pills For A Short Time
The most important guideline for the correct use of sleeping pills: Always take sleeping pills for as short a time as possible. You should never use sleeping pills for more than a week without medical advice. Depending on the type of medication, for example, prescription sleeping pills such as benzodiazepines can quickly develop into addiction. But over-the-counter sleeping pills can also be addictive. If your doctor keeps issuing sleep medication prescriptions without asking, it is best to contact another doctor to treat any sleep disorders.
Sleep Pills And Addiction
According to the German Central Office for Addiction Risks, around half of the users of sleeping pills develop an addiction to sleeping pills. In Germany alone, that is 400,000 sleep pill addicts every year. In total, around 2 million people are considered dependent on sleeping pills. About half of these people use the commonly prescribed benzodiazepines. Women are particularly susceptible to drug addiction and sleeping pill abuse. Numerous studies suggest that sleeping pills can significantly reduce life expectancy.
Sleep Pills Only If Verifiably Necessary
Sleep pills, and especially chemical sleep pills, are only suitable for self-treatment within very narrow limits. If, for example, you cannot sleep for understandable reasons such as jet lag or after an emotionally moving or stressful experience, a sleeping pill can be a blessing. Using sleeping pills to help you sleep despite your nervousness before an exam, on the other hand, is not a good idea. Almost all sleeping pills can work well into the day and severely limit physical and mental performance.
Big Market For Sleeping Pills
Despite the narrow limits of self-treatment, the market for over-the-counter sleeping pills and tranquilizers has been growing for years – even against the general trend. In 2012, Germans spent almost 200 million euros on non-prescription drugs for restlessness and sleep problems. Around 20 million packs of prescription benzodiazepines and similar substances went over the pharmacy counters (estimated turnover: 300 million euros).
Always See a Doctor If You Have Trouble Sleeping
If you have persistent sleep disorders, you should always contact an expert. This can be your family doctor or a psychologist. The sooner a sleep disorder is recognized, the more effective the treatment will be. Fortunately, most sleep disorders can be treated well. For otherwise healthy people, sleep specialists usually use non-drug methods such as sleep restriction and other behavioral therapeutic measures such as sleep rituals and a regular sleep rhythm.