With a range of over-the-counter high-street-brand-names now available to promise and promote your good night’s sleep, it’s tempting to have a supply of sleeping pills in your bedroom ‘just in case’. However, here at We Sell Sleep, we don’t advocate the use of traditional chemical pills to aid sleep (particularly on an ongoing basis) for a whole host of reasons. Read on to learn more.
Rebound insomnia is the term used for the ongoing difficulty of falling asleep once the effects of sleeping pills have worn off. Your body fights back at the lack of the chemicals being emitted in the brain as a result of the pills being discontinued, causing longer periods of insomnia than before. In the worst cases, when weaning off sleeping pills that have been used for a sustained period, the user could be stuck without sleep for days.
Suffering from rebound insomnia will negate all the hard work you’ve put into developing sleeping habits non-chemically… and make your journey tougher than before.
Like any drug, your body will build up a tolerance to and dependence on sleeping pills – and for many, they’re extremely addictive. This means that once you’ve entered the cycle of taking this kind of medication, it’s easier to keep up the usage than to stop it, and you’ll need larger and larger amounts in order to replicate your original quality sleep.
Higher levels of the chemicals found in sleeping pills in the body lead to depressed breathing. This is a serious risk to your health.
It’s quite common for medication to have side effects that are exactly the opposite of what the drug is trying to achieve. In the case of sleeping pills, you may suffer from restlessness, agitation and prolonged insomnia. The new level of sleep quality achieved can also result in anomalies such as sleepwalking, sleep tremors and amnesia upon waking.
Even if you’ve had a good night’s sleep induced by pills or supplements, your body could still be under the influence of them the next morning. In the US, research has shown that several sleeping pill brands leave enough chemical trace in the body to impair driving abilities up until the afternoon of the next day. Much like drink-driving, you may not even notice until the risk until it’s too late.
Long-term Health Risks
A 2012 study of users of sleeping pills found them more likely to develop cancer than those who didn’t. Whilst it’s difficult to attribute exactly which chemical within them contributes toward this, common sense says that you should keep your body as chemical-free as possible to remain healthy.
There’s lots of tricks and activities to try to help you get a great night’s sleep holistically and naturally without any chemical intervention. Sleeping pills also come in herbal form, and won’t deplete your body of its natural resources or impede your natural chemical balance. We can help!