Popping a Pill Does Not Cure Insomnia

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Reaching for an alcohol drink or sleeping pill may not prove to be an effectual approach for the individuals who suffer from insomnia. They might consider popping pills as an excellent way to get better sleep at night but this is not the best way to battle this ailment in long run, as advised by experts of Ryerson University. Poor sleepers, who engage themselves in safety behaviors like drinking alcohol or popping sleep medication, are in reality upsetting their sleep in long term. Individuals get carried away by the short term benefits of safety behavior to cure insomnia. They fail to recognize the long term ill effects of popping a pill or drinking alcohol.

Hood, PhD student has been educated in insomnia therapy. He previously investigated on the link between safety behavior and anxiety disorder. He was very curious when he saw that there was a link with insomnia also. An online survey was conducted which questioned the students about the sleeping behavior and the findings said that 40% of the students admitted that they were poor sleepers and even using safety behavior did not help them. They put forward that they relied on these safety behaviors and the routine of safety behavior helped them sleep better during night. But the fact was that their strong belief in safety behavior was in fact leading to additional sleeping problems for them. They had become dependent on certain tasks which could help them sleep sound.

Researchers believe that sleep is something which should be natural, so it is harmful when people exert tons of energy forcing them to sleep. The more one engages him in such behaviors, the lesser is the probability of falling asleep. Cognitive behavior theory has become the recommended theory for curing chronic insomnia. It trains the individuals to implement the habits of good sleeper by making a change in their sleeping habits and having a much more relaxed perception towards getting a good sleep.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a Sleep Hygiene guideline in the hopes of promoting sleep health. The promotion of good sleep habits and regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene. The following sleep hygiene tips can be used to improve sleep.

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Moderate physical activity may help promote sleep, but avoid vigorous exercise in the few hours before going to bed.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine.



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