It has been reported by the Centre for Disease Control that one in three adults do not get enough sleep. It has been observed that more than 500,000 people take prescription drugs like Ambien or Lunesta so as to get the sleep that they need. But the Food and Drugs Administration has said that the pharmaceutical companies need to put labels that warn the patients about the possibility of the dangerous side effects of such sleeping pills.
Clinical Advisor, Rob Turner from Rose Medical Centre’s Sleep Centre says that the users of medications may not know all of its effects. He said, “With Ambien, people can do things while they’re asleep and be unaware of it”. Turner has also advised that anyone who is considering treatment for sleep abnormality must reveal all health information with their doctor so that he or she can make the best decision for their health.
The clinical advisor also said that the sleep aids have some interactions with other medications. Turner added that powerful sleeping pills are designed for a short term use and during times of depression, anxiety or stress. An example was given by the expert that said, “Your daughter is getting married and you’re worried about the wedding”. It is recommended that anyone who struggles to fall asleep on a regular basis must first try cutting back on caffeine. There are many people who use caffeine at dinner time and then wonder why they are not able to sleep.
A few supplements like melatonin, if it is approved by a doctor is also recommended. One has to get plenty of exercise but not within three hours of bedtime. One has to also stick to a regular sleep schedule and that includes not staying up late at the weekends. Doctors recommend seven to nine hours of sleep every night and not doing so can eventually lead to diabetes, stroke or heart disease.
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