Treating insomnia, as they say, is a lot like herding cats. As soon as we start getting a handle on sleeping better, along comes some situation or circumstance that blows the doors off our ability to get restorative rest, again! When Ambien hit the market, everyone thought that “the insomnia cure” had finally arrived! The slick TV ads showed insanely sleep deprived people waking up in a state of nirvana. I want that! 30 days of free trial and I’m cured forever. Zzzzzzz…..
But here’s what really happens. 10 days into that 30 day trial the magic wears off….fast. Within a week thereafter, sleep is usually worse, the only difference is that built into this miracle med is a nasty loss of short term memory. People wake up in the morning and are so out of it they cannot, for the life of them, remember if they actually slept or not.
And this in not an isolated, here and there incident. 53 million prescriptions for pharmaceutical sleep aids are fill ever month in America. That’s $4.5 billion annually in total sales. 53 million? That’s like an a Gandhi legion of sleep walkers, sleep eaters and sleep drivers feeling really crappy everyday until about noon. Isn’t the government even watching? Perhaps the FDA actually stands for FAILED to DISCLOSE the AGONY.
So here’s the skinny on sleep. It’s all in the brain. Outta Control Anxiety = Bad Sleep. Untreated Depression
= Chronic Exhaustion on the installment plan. And unresolved emotional trauma will get you both on steroids. So please, please take your sleep seriously. Your brain is counting on you to give it some rest.
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