Everyone has suffered insomnia at some point and we all know how miserable it can be. Many turn to sleeping pills and tranquilizers to fall asleep. With the numerous commercials, billboards, magazine ads and other advertisements for these drugs, it's no wonder they have become a popular remedy to sleeplessness. The problem is that ANY drug taken to induce sleep can be addictive--making it impossible to sleep well without them. Common side effects of prescription sleep aids like Lunesta and Ambien include the following scary symptoms:
toxic psychosis (Ambien)
If you have serious trouble sleeping that persists beyond 2 weeks, talk with your doctor. If he/she recommends these drugs, ask about safer, natural alternatives like valerian root, lavender tea, aromatherapy, or massage. Also, it is vital that you set aside time for relaxation before bed, at least 30-45 minutes prior to retiring. Reading a calming book, journaling, taking a warm bath, taking a calcium/vitamin D supplement, or meditating can help get you into the mindset required for a good night's sleep. Always go to bed at the same time and rise at the same time and aim for 7 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night.
Do a search on Ambien and you will find all sorts of scary stories about people who took it and then woke up after driving their car or going on a late-night shopping binge - with no memory of what happened! My stepmother uses it successfully, but she gave one Ambien to try once. I slept like a rock but when I woke up, my arm and hands were kind of numb and tingly and that latest throughout the day. That alone was enough to scare me and I will never taken an Ambien ever again.