Insomnia Choices – Antidepressants, Sleeping Drugs, Natural Remedies

The “Sleep in America” poll results were recently released from the National Sleep Foundation. More than half of all Americans (60%) said they experienced a sleep problem every night or almost every night. This ranged from snoring, waking in the night, waking up too early, or feeling unrefreshed when getting up in the morning.

This overall increase in insomnia has been bringing people to their doctors, to stores, and to the Internet for solutions that may help them sleep better.

While most people would prefer to take a natural, non-addictive remedy without dangerous side-effects, there is a scarcity of effective natural options, as well as a lack of education and information available to people outside of their doctor’s office. Often medical doctors recommend drugs, but unexpectedly, not always the usual sleep medicines.

A ten-year study to discover which drugs are used to treat insomnia was published in the journal “Sleep”. It found that from 1987 to 1996, prescriptions for sleeping drugs have decreased by 53.7%, but that antidepressant drugs prescribed for insomnia increased by a surprising 146%. Examples of antidepressants that might be prescribed for insomnia are trazodone and amitriptyline.

According to Health. com, the side effects of these medicines may include sexual dysfunction, weight gain, dry mouth and throat, racing pulse, confusion, disturbed dreams, and an increased risk of suicide.

The authors of the study from “Sleep” gave their conclusions and said: “Surveys indicate a stable or increasing prevalence of sleep disturbance. There has also been a dramatic shift to use of antidepressants in lieu of sleeping drugs (hyponotics) for the symptomatic treatment of insomnia, despite a paucity (lack) of data regarding their efficacy and the potential for serious side effects.”

Regarding the nutritional approach to the problem of insomnia, Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D., known for his work in orthomolecular (nutritional) medicine, says, “We have found that if a drug can be found to do the job of medical healing, a nutrient can be found to do the same job.”

Several research studies have shown certain minerals to be an effective natural insomnia remedy that helps people fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. In one study, published in the European Neurology Journal, researchers found that calcium levels in the body are higher during some of the deepest levels of sleep, such as the rapid eye movement (REM) phase.

In magnesium deficiency. Sleep is usually agitated with frequent nighttime awakenings. On the other hand, a high magnesium diet has been found to be associated with deeper, less interrupted sleep. This was shown in a study done by James Penland at the Human Nutrition Research Center in North Dakota.

It’s important to note that a balanced ratio of twice as much calcium to magnesium is key to overall health, and that these two minerals should be taken together for best results. Natural remedies should be given a good try before any type of addictive drug is taken for insomnia.

Let Us Avoid Sleep Deprivation and Go to Sleep

We all need to sleep as much as we need food, water, air and other things of value to survive. People in society, today are working so hard that they become distracted by a variety of things. Many are juggling more than one job at a time, loss of sleep due to worry, uncomfortable beds, noise pollution and the list goes on. Today, there are several millions of people who regard sleep as a waste of time because they have so much to do. It could be things such as a deadline that they regard as more important and as a result they tend to do without sleep. However, in the long run, terrible consequences follow.

They end up failing to give their best at their jobs and production suffer, mistakes are made, drowsiness take over their bodies, they become irritable and blame others at work and as a result they may even get fired from their jobs. There is also the possibility that their wages or salaries shrinks, plus they are refused the promotion that they think they should receive. Sleep deprivation affects our decisions, mood, emotion, our social interaction and more.

Sleep deprivation allows people to constantly get into problems at home with families, on the street with friends or strangers and there is the possibility of an accident, such as a car crash, when they fall asleep suddenly at the wheels of a moving vehicle. During January 2013, The Center of Disease Control and Prevention stated that 4.2% of drivers reported falling asleep within a month. Imagine how many cars are on the road in a daily base and you will understand that this is a big number. The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in a National poll by the National Sleep Foundation confirms that 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheels every day. There are over 100,000 accidents in the United States each year include nearly 2000 deaths plus 40,000 injuries annually. Such are a part of the consequences of not getting enough sleep.

It doesn’t matter what is our age group or our professional because sleeping is just as important as being awake, and it is needed for the restorative processes like muscle repair. For example, there are batteries that are considered rechargeable and after they have lost their power they are unable to operate and so they are recharged again so that they can be useful. In the same order, our bodies need sleep to recharge or renew our systems.

Some of our illnesses are caused from sleep deprivation, which make our bodies weak and unable to fight disease properly when they surface. In reality, our immune system is unable to fight disease and the heart becomes bad, the risk of diabetes and cancer and possible weight gain. The brain will constantly forget minor and important things and thinking began to seem like a very hard job to do. You may not even remember the name of your closest friend, nor remember what you were told five minutes ago.

There are many beautiful ladies and handsome gentlemen around today, but by tomorrow their looks, suffer and may seem as if they have aged while others in their age groups look far younger. So if you are extremely pretty or handsome watch out. There is also the possibility that over time your closest friends and neighbor may not be able to recognize you.

If you are a University student your grades will suffer, if you are a Banker you will end up making a lot of financial mistakes at the bank, if you are a farmer there is a chance you will fall and hurt yourself, If you are the Prime Minister or President of a country you will make bad decisions and your country’s economy will suffer. Whoever you are or whatever your field of employment, if sufficient sleep is not received you will pay for it.

The price for not receiving sufficient sleep is costly, therefore, let us do the right thing for our bodies. All those who wish to improve learning or doing anything productive, go and get seven to nine hours of sleep. Save your health and your future by doing the honorable thing for your well-being.