Sydney: If you think that the sleeping pills are helping you out then spare few minutes and read this.
Sleeping pills are counter-productive and they are of no help in dealing with insomnia, according to a sleep expert.
Leon Lack, professor of psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide Australia, said, “Most people who take hypnotic (sleep inducing) drugs still have poor sleep. It re-mediates the problem in the short-term but it almost always produces a long-term consequence, which is drug dependence.”
He further explained, “Sleeping tablets provide short-term relief but when people stop taking them, they might have a few bad nights and think they can’t sleep without taking the drug.”
He also highlighted the ultimate result of using sleeping pills, “Effectively you buy a bit of sleep on your credit card but then you have to pay it back later, sometimes with interest, so in the long-term you don’t gain anything. You just offset the insomnia.”
Insomnia is a condition in which one faces persistent difficulties falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or both, affecting the daytime routine.
Lack explained the state of an insomniac, “What’s particularly frustrating to people with insomnia is that very few things work for them. So they feel a loss of control, depression and their quality of life is diminished.”
“But it is important for people to realize that sleep isn’t just one long, homogenous period of unconsciousness – we go through different stages of sleep, from a deep sleep which lasts 80 to 90 minutes into a lighter, dreaming sleep, and over the course of a night we experience this pattern three or four times,” Lack told.
He also gives a tip to people, “If you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes of going to bed then get up. Don’t lie there awake because that associates the bedroom with frustration and anxiety.”
One of the reasons behind difficulty in falling asleep can be delayed body clock, according to him.