Do you think sleeping pills can help?

@redphile (2265)
Philippines
October 24, 2009 4:05am CST
I am always having a hard time getting some enough sleep everyday, (maybe because of myLot haha!) But seriously, I am having a hard time finding my sleepiness in me. I am always exhausted when I get home from work but still I can't sleep right away. I am thinking of taking sleeping pills or supplements for sleep deprived people. Do you have any experiences with sleep pills? What are the effects or side effects (if any) of such pills or supplements? Please share some of your experiences and ideas. thank you.
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26 responses
• American Samoa
24 Oct 09
they said that there are side effects in taking up sleeping pills redphile. i suggest you to exercise and proper diet. and my other suggestion would be, take a swim in the pool or at the beach and tire yourself up (^^,) hehe
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
im so tired when i get home that i cant do anything else but fall down onto my bed. *sigh*
• American Samoa
24 Oct 09
then how about drinking a glass of milk? :)
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
i actually do still drink milk! =)
@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 09
Don't go for pills when it comes to sleeping problem. Because sooner or later you'll get addicted to it. Furthermore, its bad for your body system, i a long term... Try to find alternative that can help you to get a better sleep. Why not starts with a glass of warm milk before going to bed. And also a scent of lavender to soother your mind and helps you to feel sleepy. =)
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
oh i love cold milk! not warm though =) but yes i still drink it =) Hmm lavender huh, =)
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@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 09
Haha... The cold one doesn't work that well... And yes, lavender... try it, it works, at least for me. Normally I'll use lavender body shampoo, then lavender body lotion, and lavender scent for my room =)
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
wow lavender all the way! Sure ill try that!
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• Malaysia
24 Oct 09
Hi redphile, That story happen in one of hundred. I mean your case is rare happen. I got friend who actually got hardy to sleep. What he do is take a sleep pill as you recommend. At the first, it was effective. He can sleep after took that pile. He continuous took it for everyday. The long effect is he got addicted with that pill. Without that pills he cannot sleep. Here i would like to share with you how to get sleep better. you are tired working but still did not get sleep. How about you go for listening story or watch a long adventure movie. Maybe your eyes got sleepy. Then you will sleep. Regards. C.M
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
yeah, you should have a lot of self control foryou not to be addicted. When I get home, I dont have enough energy to watch a movie, I just fall directly to bed but still cant find any sleep. Strange huh. Maybe I have insomnia or something..
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I mean your case is rare happen not really..especially in todays world..ppl are pushing themselves too hard, there is so much to thnk about (even things we dont REALIZE that are draining us and stressing us) and so on...In fact sleeping problems are quite commonplace these day..
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
yeah thats true, stressful day everyday!
@Juli_angel (1063)
• Israel
24 Oct 09
I have had insomnia for years now, and every doctor I've been too suggested pills. even so, I never took them and never will- I rather find other ways to fall asleep and not pop pills _
@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Oh how I wish it were that easy for me! seriously..I have other meds i need to take daily so having to take 2 additional ones just to get SOME sleep is so cruddy...I managed fine without them for yrs (my hsuband use to be floored that I could function extremely well on very minimal broken up sleep each night LOL) the older I get though the less I seem to tolerate it so taking meds is needed for me...
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Juli_angel, I hope that even without sleeping pills that you can still get some good sleep. =)
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Ravenladyj, i hope you also have the power to control and get a good night sleep. So that you will have a good day ahead. =)
• United States
25 Oct 09
i have tried many medications including sleeping pills but yet to find relief.I don't have trouble falling asleep I just can't stay asleep.The weird thing is I wake up in an hour no matter what.I often have trouble falling back to sleep but when I do I wake in another hour.I finally get sick of trying to fall asleep and get up.If you find an answer please let me know,if I haven't tried it already I will.I feel I have tried everything I have doctors prescribing medications for me enough to choke a horse.Still I only sleep an hour at a time,go figure.Good luck to you let me know how you make out. Jazz
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
there are a lot of ideas in the c0mments here. Too bad i think its n0t just you and me. Hope your still getting s0me good sleep in s0me days.
• United States
25 Oct 09
It is 3 am where I am and nope no sleep yet tonight.How about you,how are you doing?
• India
4 Nov 09
hi there, I think most of the reason why person can not sleep is that they dont tire enough themselves to sleep and pills are bad unless ordered by doctor.Sleeping pills would help you at the beginning but for a long run you may develop addiction when you always depend on the sleeping pills to make you sleep. I think their are other way to prevent insomnia with the natural treatment. As depending on sleeping pills alone may even make you feel worst as you sleep after taking it not a normal sleep which is more relaxing than anyone suggestion. Also the sleep induced by pills is not good sleep
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
im super tired when i get home from work, too exhausted but i still have trouble getting some sleep =(
@l33tgirl (289)
• New Zealand
25 Oct 09
I took herbal sleeping pills and they didn't make a difference at all. I'm assuming prescription ones are much stronger and would have worked.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
26 Oct 09
oh really? Hmm. Maybe the effect depends on each pers0n. I will consult my doctor before taking any prescription.
@maximax8 (29543)
• United Kingdom
25 Oct 09
I suggest taking a warm to hot bath before you go on to bed. You could massage your legs and arms with a massage oil containing lavender before you get into the lovely warm water. In your bath water you could have bubbles. Then you could get ready for bed. In bed you could sit up reading a book. Then you could lay down and think of happy thoughts. Sleeping pills can be addictive and then a person wouldn't be able to sleep without them. The side affects might vary for different people. Maybe a herbal pill from a health food shop might be better choice than sleeping pills provided by a doctor. Also you might try to get rid of any worries you have to be less stressed. Good luck.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
oh im gonna need a bathtub for that haha! Im going to the doctor to consult on those herbal pills thanks!
• China
25 Oct 09
Sleep to maintain a calm state of mind,during sleep forget what happened durning the day is to ensure the best way to sleep,As to how much sleeping pills can help?I would like to have some help,however may be damage to the nervous system.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
yeah thats what im also scared of.
@stee09 (102)
• Ireland
25 Oct 09
Hey speaking from experience I'd say stay away from sleeping pills there very addictive I have insomnia and before I would go to bed at about 12am and not get asleep till 5-6am and get up for work at 8am. I went to my local GP and he prescribed me some sleeping pills worst mistake I ever made... the pills worked get but made my personal life very complicated the pills would make me very aggravated and snappy. After a talk with close ones I decided to give the pills the boot but it wasn't merely as easy as that it got to the stage were I couldnt sleep at all and ended up suffering from depression and thats definitely not good at all my best piece of advice stay well away try iron supplements or vitamins dont resort to that extreme.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
hope that you are getting some good sleep on your own. Well, i will try other alternatives then as i might n0t be able to fight it. =)
• China
25 Oct 09
sleep medications are most effective when used sparingly for short term situations. Sometimes sleep medications are used briefly at the beginning of behavioral treatment for insomnia, especially if the sleep deprivation has been severe. If medications are used over the long term, they are best used “as needed” instead of on a daily basis to avoid dependence and tolerance. Working with your healthcare professional is essential to ensure you get the maximum benefit, especially if long term use is being considered.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
totally agree with you. It should n0t be taken for long term purpose or n0t take at all.
@jpso138 (7865)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I have not tried any sleeping pill. They say that it can be addicting. Usually at the start it is easy for you to sleep. But later on, you need more dose to sleep. So if you can avoid it, that would be better. Perhaps you can try some physical activities like jogging in the morning, doing some biking or perhaps any thing that will tire you later on at the end of the day. This is not only good for your sleeping but also great for your health. Also, avoid coffee and softdrinks since they contain caffeine. You will find it hard to sleep most especially if you drink them during the evening.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
well i dont drink coffee and softdrinks.. Will try to do m0re exercise.. Thanks.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
At first sleeping pills work but when you get used to it and get addicted you tend to rely on it to get sleep until it doesn't work. I think you should consult first your doctor if you really need a sleeping pills. Try drinking milk before you sleep or read a boring book so you can fall asleep.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
try reading a boring book haha thats a new one! well i will try that, when i go to sleep later! =)
• China
25 Oct 09
Hi, redphile: Does stress of work cause ur sleepless condition? A massage on your feet may take your stress away and help a better sleep, it works for me. Also, I try lavender essential oil sometimes. Sleeping pills are the worst option,dont use them random unless u've seen a doctor.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
yes! stress of work is the culprit haha =) ill try that lavender oil sometime. sounds relaxing. =)
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
25 Oct 09
The only time I've had to take a sleeping pill was when I was in constant pain from a pinched sciatic nerve! The doctors told me it was the only relief I would get until I had surgery. They are never a long-term solution, as they can become habit forming. You might need to check with your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause of your sleeplessness that can be treated other than becoming dependent on sleeping pills. I think they are not harmful, though, when taken only temporarily for short lengths of time. Good luck! Karen
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
i sure will consult the doctor first! thanks!
• Mexico
25 Oct 09
Hi redphile: I won't take sleeping pills unless it will be extremely necessary because i don't want to depend on pills to have a good sleep, they would make me dependent and that's not what i want. I prefer everything natural. Lol. XD
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
yeah, thats true. Maybe i wont take it after all. Besides im still too scared to take even just 1.
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Taking sleeping pills is okay if you don't take that regularly. The more you take pills the more you will have a hard time getting a good nautural sleep. You will be totally dependent on it. You never know until that worsen your situation. You can never sleep without it anymore.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I think its not the sleeping pills but the problem is the addiction. So people who take them should be strong enough to fight it. =)
• United States
24 Oct 09
I have found that when I taking a sleeping aid it really helps me fall asleep, but not so much stay asleep. I know that Ambien has two medicines, one to knock you out and one to keep you there, but for that you would need a script. Over the counters just basically knock you out and will sometimes leave you groggy in the morning. I would recommend exercise in the morning and a healthy diet to get back into a sleep pattern.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Hmm exercise is something I really lack so I will try more of it now thanks! =)
@buenavida (9169)
• Sweden
24 Oct 09
Yes, a computer can really keep you awake.. But there may be other reasons for insomnia. You may need magnesium and other nutrients. Magnesium is a well known mineral that can help to sleep. Most people need some extra depending on their diet of course. Also Calcium is a mineral that many of us need more of. You might get enough if you eat lots of vegetables. You may need more fresh air. I keep a window in my sleeping room a little open if the weather is not too cold. You might need stretching. That helps the body relax and function better. There are some good herb medicines that can help you to relax too. If you have a health store where you live, you can ask them, or maybe a doctor who uses herb medicine. I think nature medicines are not addictive in the same way as pharmacy medicines. Wish you a good and healthy sleep..
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
hahaha yes indeed! well thanks so much for the ideas! I will definitely try those and look it up!
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
24 Oct 09
I don't think so. Just the opposite, taking many sleeping pills really do harm to our health. In fact, taking sleeping pills as part of insomnia treatment may be able to put a short term lapse time from the problem, but for the long run, it certainly doesn’t solve anything. While these pills may not be addictive, they often become habit-forming. Most people who take sleeping pills admit that their pill-induced sleep is not as satisfying as natural sleep. In total, we should try to stop taking many sleeping pills and choose other better ways to help us gain some enough sleep.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
hmm well i havent tried any yet and still getting other alternatives here from you friends. Is really scary especially if you have a low self control =)