[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]M[/su_dropcap]ore folks are popping sleeping pills than ever before, but for many, there are more effective solutions that can help people rest easy without being drugged. Just the every day stresses of work and responsibilities at home can make sleeping an everyday nightmare. A lack of shuteye can take its toll on both the body and mind.
[blockquote type=”intext”]“By helping sleep strugglers get to the root of the problem, behavioral therapists work to deliver the precursors to natural sleep”[/blockquote]
One alternative to sleeping pills for addressing insomnia and other sleep issues is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This involves training yourself to fall asleep and stay asleep, by focusing on how you think and behave around sleep. In the search of rest, the latest research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy is a more effective method for healthy sleep than sleeping pills. By helping sleep strugglers get to the root of the problem, behavioral therapists work to deliver the precursors to natural sleep, such as clearing the mind, finding peace, and relaxation. Experts agree, this should be the first line of treatment for cases of insomnia.
CBT can sometimes be dry, however, with an integrated approach such as story time, guided relaxation, sleep confidence exercises and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), CBT becomes more engaging and approachable. Simple remedies and practices can help take the edge off when your sleep is impacted by anxiety.
Many general practitioners may prescribe pills to alleviate sleeping problems. However, sleeping pills can create a whole other set of problems, particularly interference with dreams; those on sleeping pills may act out dreams and develop other sleeping issues. Our advice: Ask your doctor questions. What is my diagnosis? What will help get to the root of my sleeplessness? Is this a permanent solution or temporary fix? Sleeping pills may be appropriate for short-term symptoms such as jet lag, but for many conditions, should be the last resort.
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