Insomnia…let me speak to you about this very hot topic. It is very likely that most of us have experienced insomnia in our lives at the same time or another. Let’s be honest, there are few things more dreadful than when we are experiencing the inability to sleep. This is then heightened y the very reasons for it being bodily, then becoming stress-related worse, and simply unexplained. It is only then that you will truly appreciate the worth of the phase sleeping like a baby. By this point, you start to see the normal daily task slip by gradually more and more often. You then decide now is a good time to head to your bed due to your tired body melting so you turn into your bed.

Only to find your eyes remain wild and most stubbornly open. For some people, insomnia is, fortunately, a one-time occurrence. However, what if being found more and more for many other’s is that it is becoming a chronic problem, that is severely impacting their lives. What and why is sleep so necessary and what is all the hype about with not getting enough of it?

Let’s discuss why sleep is essential to our own bodies. During sleep and only sleep does our body can recharge and renew ourselves both emotionally and physically. Therefore, when we find ourselves unable to sleep, what is then actually occurring is the essential and vital opportunity for our body to regenerate itself. Meaning that our bodies have repaired and recharged itself ready for the next day. If, however, we find ourselves unable to and therefore can’t sleep, your body is then robbed of the precious opportunity of regeneration. Then when the brand-new day arrives and we awaken after the little or no sleep we have had what we find is that we are tired, cranky and irritable rather than pleased, ready and able to face the days’ challenges. If this goes on for a certain amount of time, the insomniacs function, health, and social relationships are all affected as it has taken all it can endure.

So, the most common way to help those who suffer from insomnia is to be prescribed medication. I personally feel that the full side effects of this medication are not widely known and is overlooked as a more helpful means to give relief to the insomniac.

So, I ask those taking them finding themselves taking these is the habit of taking sleep pills every night or just some? Are you under the impression that by you taking these you are completely fine? If the answer is yes, I then I wish to ask if those taking these hypnotic or soporific drugs are fully aware of the most common and unheard-of side effects of the sleeping pills.

Habit forming resistance – after the initial effects and benefits of using these pills for prolonged periods of use, the body builds up resistance to their effectiveness. Due to this, the dosage of the pill has to then be increased which leads to a higher risk of overdose which in turn can be very fatal.

Erratic behaviour – parasomnia can be caused but some types of sleeping pill. When the state of semi-consciousness occurs, patients have been found to do a lot of things while in a sleeping state with no recollection of this when they wake. The brand Ambien, a hypnotic, has a report of patients having engaged in driving, making phone calls, gorging on food/candy or even having sex.

Addictive – when prescribed for a short amount of time, generally and ideally for no longer than a week they are worth considering. However, these present a mortal danger when taken in long term, meaning when used over a period of 3 months it becomes very difficult to let go of these and withdrawal symptoms start appearing and the addiction needs to be weaned off of very slowly. Sadly, we then discover that the very thing that was used to help with the sleeping problems usually worsens the sleeping problems in the long run.

There is a definite link to the increased risk of death and cancer. Even if the pills are not taken often, the increases in your risk of dying are much greater. It has therefore been suggested that when patience’s have developed their insomnia by having depression, it would be best for doctors to treat this disorder, rather than looking at insomnia and prescribing pills for this. Sleeping pills also make you more prone to developing cancer over time.

The higher the risk of developing memory loss. The prolonged use of sleeping pills has been proven to make the patient more susceptible to memory loss. In a recent study, it had found that the elderly people who are prescribed sleeping pills during life become more prone to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Increased risks of acid reflux. When patient develops or have heartburn, you might wish to think twice about taking sleeping pills for your insomnia. These pills have been proven to increases your risk of acid reflux at night, damaging the cells lining the esophagus. Avoiding foods that trigger reflux and avoid eating late at night is better. It is also possible to eat sleep-inducing food items, meditation techniques, and yoga postures to induce sleep.

Drowsiness this is obvious, therefore it is known that by taking sleeping pills, the increased chance of you feeling tired and drowsy the next day. This is due to sleeping pills being powerful hypnotics with it having lasting effects till the next day, making you prone to exhaustion. Aromatherapy is a good alternative method to hypnotics.

However, sometimes taking sleeping pills may become necessary. There can be time in your life when it maybe necessary to have these. When you have suffered from trauma or death of a love one when sleeping is just not possible due to unforeseen circumstances, or to help sedate patients that are needing a break after a surgery or even a traumatic experience, they will just be a temporary remedy for your chronic insomnia. As time passes, what will happen is they will find themselves wanting higher and higher doses to receive sleep.

It is due to this that I believed in a holistic strategy. It will solve the issue by visiting its root cause and consciously engage the individual in finding a remedy. With time, the insomniac will have the ability to assist himself if the issue recurs instead of depending on medication to perform their magic and can sleep once again self-sufficiently.

As a holistic health professional, I will assist the insomniac by searching for the origin of their own ability to maneuver this. If we find that the disorder causes it, then this might need to be dealt with by a conventional physician in combination with the holistic physician and therapist. If we find this to be stress related, then with the CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) the individual will be taught the way to mitigate the effects of anxiety by undergoing any lifestyle modifications or even just changing the way that he perceives the items which are causing the anxiety.

It is with all the above in mind that I have created a truly personalise sleep plan. Since not one sleep concern is the same it become essential that we treat everyone individually. Sleep it very personal and to a lot of people it is very private and don’t find it easy to speak openly about their sleep problems. Although we are slowly understanding it and would almost go as far as saying it has been deemed as common, it is however is not supposed to be normal. Common does not make it normal and we need to remember this is a big difference.

We normalise things which should not be. The good news is that with my holistic and open mindedness sleep programs I am able to truly look at your life and help you fix your sleep. Not with magic potions and concoctions but in a simpler cleaner way to allow you to be able to manage the changes needed and continue with them after we have started the 4 week program.

So let’s start today with a new way to look at sleep and find the answer to your current sleep problems and have you off those sleeping medication as soon as possible and good natural sound sleep in replace of the medicated drowsy one you are currently experiencing or considering.