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Non Addictive Sleeping Pills
Lots of options: Melatonin (ordinarily produced by the pineal gland in the brain) is one of the most effective treatments; it helps regulate the body's sleep/wake cycle. Gaba supplementation (a neurotransmitter ordinarily produced in the brain) enables you to feel relaxed and happy; it's a good, non-addictive, non-prescription sleep aid. Finally, magnesium supplementation is good for tension, anxiety, and sleep. ...Read more
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
I have a lot of trouble sleeping and I can't take sleeping pills as I was addicted. What can I take over counter non addictive?
Sleep Study: You may have an underlying sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is extremly common and leads to a number of problems besides daytime sleepiness. Among the problems are high blood pressure, heart problems, depression, low sex hormones and obesity. Ask your doctor about a sleep study also known as polysomnography. You might be amazed at the results. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Addiction/tolerance: Some sleeping pills are controlled substances; they have addictive potential. Examples include: ambien, lunesta, & restoril. That being said, they are schedule IV with lower potential for this than other medications the more common issue with sleeping pills is developing physiological tolerance. Frequent use of the medication causes your body to 'get used to' the medication & it loses efficacy. ...Read more
I have been taking 7.5mg Zopiclone for 5 years around 2 to 3 times a week is there an alternative sleeping pill that's not addictive ?
Sleep eval: If you have not done so it would be worthwhile to see a sleep medicine specialist for an eval and to consider other pharmacological and behavioral options for sleep disturbance. Five years is a long time to be taking this medications given it most effective and appropriate for short-term use. Be well. ...Read more
I like Melatonin.: Some people use chamomile or valerian root. Additionally, there are many over the counter products that you can purchase. Are you using good sleep hygiene? Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate >. ...Read more
Can be unsafe: Sedative/hypnotic medications are used by many patients safely for sleep when taken as prescribed. However, if taken in greater amounts, combined with other sedating substances or medications, or other inappropriate actions are taken they can be dangerous and even lethal. Many of them have at least some inhibitory effect on the nervous system; when magnified that can cause respiratory depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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