EVERYONE has trouble sleeping at some time or another, even for weeks or months at a time.
The best treatment for poor sleep is NOT medications. Medications can cause more harm than good. They are addictive and habit-forming. They cause people to “forget” how to sleep normally. Sleep medications should NEVER be taken on a routine basis, every night. Click here for more information about the dangers of sleeping pills.
YES, you may be tired the next day after a poor night’s sleep, but it’s not the end of the world. People make a “catastrophe” out of getting a poor night’s sleep, but it’s really not.
Sleep medications should only be used as sparingly as possible, maybe two times per week at most. They should NOT be taken every night.
Too often, people start taking sleeping pills when they are younger. They get in the habit of taking them, and then and 10 or 20 years go by and they are still taking them! Sleeping pills become especially dangerous as a person gets older. Here is a handout for more information on this.