Warning; 5 reasons to avoid sleeping pills – and answers to what you can do instead

Sleeping pills (drugs) become the treatment of choice for most who need help falling asleep or staying asleep every night.

The problem with relying on drugs begins with enduring dangerous side effects and ends with the fact that drugs do not target or fix the cause of the sleep issue.

Warning; 5 reasons to avoid sleeping pills - and answers to what you can do instead

Why should you avoid Sleeping pills?

1. Your body develops resistance to them

When you take prescription sleeping pills over a long period of time, your body grows accustomed to the drug, and you need higher and higher doses to get the same sleep-inducing effect. But, if you take a high enough dose, this could lead to depressed breathing while you sleep, which can cause death. 

2. Drowsiness 

New data has revealed that people who take certain forms of the sleeping pill may still have enough of the drug in their bodies in the morning to impair activities like driving. 

3. Erratic Behavior Side Effects

Prescription sleeping pills, particularly benzodiazepines (benzos), have been known to cause side effects like sleepwalking and amnesia. 

4. Falling Down 

You have sensors on your feet that constantly measure your centre of gravity and where you are. If you take a drug that dulls that system, you’ll fall down. Older patients are particularly at risk for this problem.

5. Cancer and Death

People who took prescription sleeping pills were more likely to die or get cancer than those who did not take them, according to a 2012 study published in BMJ Open. 

Lets look at the cause of sleeplessness?

Imbalances in the autonomic nervous system cause the majority of sleep deprivation issues. A great night of sleep becomes easier to achieve as sleep hormones become more balanced within the body. The autonomic nervous system controls vital involuntary functions like heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing.

Many unifying factors lead to a more balanced autonomic nervous system. A combination of eating well, moving the body, reducing emotional stress, and deep breathing all improve the sleep inducing environment.

How can I get a night’s sleep without taking a sleeping pill?

One major factor that contributes to sleeplessness often goes unaddressed or remains unknown to those who badly want to experience a quality sleep rhythm.

Posture, bio-mechanical structure, and movement of the spine play a vital role in regulating hormone balance and fixing the problem that no drug or pill can resolve.

Scientific research* conducted as recently as 2015 proved that Chiropractic adjustments help remove interference from the autonomic nervous system, balance stress and sleep hormones, and improve the body’s ability to gain greater rest through better sleep.

Patients who received spinal adjustive care experienced improvement in stress hormone balance compared to patients who did not utilise Chiropractic care.

Millions of people experience improved rest and recovery as a side effect of pursuing a healthy spine and autonomic system.

Freedom from relying on dangerous drugs and side effects begins with unlocking the promise of better rest that already exists in the power of a healthy body.

*Medical Hypotheses December 2015
“Measurable changes in the neuro-endocrinal mechanism following spinal manipulation.” K Kovanur Sampath, R Mani, JD Cotter, S Tumilty

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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.
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