Insomnia: Sleep Aid - Yes or No?

According to survey results, around one-tenth of the population has experience with sleeping pills. In sleep disorders, they are prescribed by many doctors by default. Whether that's because doctors like to prescribe it, or rather because patients ask for it, is hard to pinpoint.

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In fact, many afflicted patients certainly expect the doctor to help them with a rapid-acting drug - and thereby indirectly exert pressure. In surveys, on the other hand, both sleep-disordered and sleep-healthy people prefer non-drug treatment methods.

Sleep medication often makes sense in the short term, but not as a sole measure

Even sleep physicians see the therapeutic focus rather in treatment approaches without drugs. For the intake of sleeping pills as a sole measure to overcome chronic sleep disorders is usually not suitable for sustainable success. In addition, the sometimes not inconsiderable disadvantages of the synthetic substances should be weighed against their actual benefit. The medications definitely do not have a healing effect.

With the appropriate preparations but a blocked sleep behavior can be triggered again and ensure a more or less successful night sleep. The soothing and liberating effect of such an exhausted sleep can certainly help break the vicious circle of insomnia. Often the fear of not being able to sleep leads to the fact that one can not fall asleep. At the latest after this acute help by a sleep aid one should acquire then however with the help of the doctor slack-promoting techniques and behavioral measures.

Authors: Dr. Hubertus Glaser & Dr. med. med. Jörg Zorn

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