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Is it okay to take a safe dose of sleeping aid every night?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Although they are safe when used episodically, the simplest, like antihistamine based or melatonin have been known to accumulate, prevent you from going into the deepest (best) sleep levels, and lead to habitual use.
Dependence is not like that of some meds, but the emotional impact of "needing one" takes its toll. At 18 you should discuss this with your doc & see if better options are available

In brief: Not really

Although they are safe when used episodically, the simplest, like antihistamine based or melatonin have been known to accumulate, prevent you from going into the deepest (best) sleep levels, and lead to habitual use.
Dependence is not like that of some meds, but the emotional impact of "needing one" takes its toll. At 18 you should discuss this with your doc & see if better options are available
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sleep aids dependenc

Yes, you need good night sleep.

Let Wise Person in you ask:
•Need for sleeping aid every night?
•Sleeping aids used; and duration?
•What you consider safe dose of sleeping aid,?
•Stresses of relationships, school, work, and finances affecting sleep?
See, a Psychiatrist for:.
•Therapy for Coping Skills to deal with stressors in your life
•Breathing relaxation
•Visual imagery
•Medication if needed

In brief: Sleep aids dependenc

Yes, you need good night sleep.

Let Wise Person in you ask:
•Need for sleeping aid every night?
•Sleeping aids used; and duration?
•What you consider safe dose of sleeping aid,?
•Stresses of relationships, school, work, and finances affecting sleep?
See, a Psychiatrist for:.
•Therapy for Coping Skills to deal with stressors in your life
•Breathing relaxation
•Visual imagery
•Medication if needed
Thank
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