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Is it normal for me to have to take a sleeping aid every night to feel like I've actually gotten any sleep at all?

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Last Updated: 05/23/2017 at 1:58am
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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
March 11th, 2015 12:04pm
Sometimes, sleeping aids can help. But it is always better to have a natural way of sleeping and waking up, you'll always feel better when it isn't so, "chemical".
Anonymous
March 15th, 2015 6:53am
Taking sleeping aids are absolutely normal nowadays. Some people sleep better than others and this is your way of getting a good night's rest. There will be a day when you can finally sleep soundly without these sleeping aids. For the meantime, take them and don't feel ashamed or weirded out because everyone is different.
tomorrowisis1
April 13th, 2015 11:13pm
Who knows? A visit to the doctor is always good! A query here too is always good, but never, never never take medicines without the supervision of a physician. Can I help you, but never will state remedies.
Anonymous
May 4th, 2015 9:41pm
Unfortunately, that isn't normal, and it might be a good idea to see a doctor about that. You deserve to feel well-rested without needing to use medication!
MindDaddy
May 26th, 2015 6:04pm
A sign of health is the ability to sleep naturally, sleeping aid is generally required when there are some physical or psychological issues that are preventing the person from sleeping naturally, in this case, taking sleeping aid for a short time is alright, as long as it is prescribed by the doctor. Depending on medication on long term can have adverse side effects and is strongly not recommended.
frostyRose25
July 27th, 2015 2:28am
As long as you are getting the adequate amount of sleep necessary, then it is perfectly fine! If using medications is not comfortable to you, you can always use more natural ways, such as a cup of Chamomile tea before bed or exercising everyday to help fall asleep easier.
LittleLemon96
October 27th, 2015 11:42am
It depends on your situation if you are stressing out or not, if you are in a depression or not. you should try to read a book before sleeping and get away of your daily thoughts !
intelligentJoy18
December 8th, 2015 5:47am
You shouldn't have to take a sleeping aid every night to feel fully rested or like you have gotten any sleep. I would talk to your Dr and see if there is something they recommend
creativeDay52
February 16th, 2016 6:19pm
It is not normal to have to take a sleeping aid. Your body should naturally put you to sleep with a natural chemical called melatonin which tells your body to sleep when you turn of the lights. Anxiety and other stress or chemical imbalances can keep you awake but you can naturally take the supplement melatonin to help yourself sleep if you need to because stress may inhibit your body from producing melatonin
Anonymous
May 31st, 2016 6:19am
The short answer is no, it's not normal to have to rely on medication to get a good rest. It's also dangerous because you might become dependent on it. I think it would be good to see a doctor about your sleeping problems, maybe by changing some of your sleeping habits it could improve the quality of your rest naturally
Anonymous
January 31st, 2017 11:38am
Needing a sleeping aid in order to help with jetlag and issues such as these can be seen as normal, but needing one for longer than a week is cause for trouble; seek a professional and obtain a professional's opinion!
Paige81
May 23rd, 2017 1:58am
Everyone is different when it comes to medication both prescription and over the counter. Some people need a sleeping aid every night and others may just need one for a few days to reset their sleep rhythm.