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Should I take pills to sleep better?

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Last Updated: 11/04/2019 at 2:58pm
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April 24th, 2015 4:12pm
Pills may be effective but they are dangerous sometimes. So, only a doctor could provide you with pills. You can take advise from a doctor and take information about them in any way.
July 4th, 2016 9:32am
It completely depends, how much sleep you've been losing, how it's been affecting your life etc. The best thing to do is to get a professional opinion on it.
August 17th, 2015 4:51am
Only if that is what is being suggested by your doctor. But other than that, there are plenty of other things you can try to do. Relaxing breathing before bed, mindfullness exercises, creating a calm sleeping space. etc. It might just be a matter of finding what works for you! and then sticking to it.
December 14th, 2015 7:50pm
Nobody on this website should be giving any type of medical advice, and honestly you shouldn't be looking for it here. Talk to your doctor if you are having issues getting sleep and come up a safe and effective plan with him/her.
January 24th, 2015 9:42pm
No. Pills are not necessary to get a good sleep . Stretching Excercise hot shower baths . Warm cup of milk with sugar can be way better than pills . Pills cause dependency..
February 20th, 2015 5:36pm
This is a question best answered by a medical professional. I take pills that give me a better sleep, because they treat medical issues that can interfere with my sleep. This is a double benefit for me - reduced symptoms and better sleep!
March 22nd, 2015 12:18am
Sleeping is an important thing to do, we need it to function in life! If you're having trouble sleeping the best thing you should do is talk to a trusted adult (if you're a teen) and go see a doctor! Don't take medications or over the counter medications without talking with a doctor first or trying all other options. There's many teas that help along with yoga and meditation. Although from personal experience I need medication to sleep, see a medical professional before you do anything to make sure it's safe and right for you!
April 26th, 2015 12:51pm
Try therapy first and if that doesn't help then yeah. Only use in a moderate amount though and under your doctor's guidance.
June 6th, 2015 3:09am
No one here can give you the answer. You should always see your GP with all medical enquiries, especially when it comes to medication. Never take medication unless you're 100% sure it's safe for you. If you take medication without seeing your doctor for advice, it could have negative effects. Your GP is not only licensed but will also have your medical records to which they can advise you on the safest medication for you, other alternatives and self-help treatments. I hope you feel better soon.
August 10th, 2015 2:02am
No, I don't think that will be good for your health, if you don't find another way but pills you need to check a doctor about it.
September 14th, 2015 6:58pm
I'd say to you to drink chamomile or a tisane before sleeping instead. It will relax you. Always try natural things before going on medicines.
September 21st, 2015 9:30pm
It depends if the pills were recommended by a doctor or not. If they were, then yes. If not, talking to your doctor first would be best.
October 26th, 2015 11:02pm
Pills can help some people sleep better. There are over the counter pills called Melatonin which are a hormone your body naturally produces. If you think you want to start getting on a regular regimen of pills its important to speak to your physician first & ask what sort of course they recommend. They may even prescribe you something.
November 16th, 2015 6:43pm
A lot of pills don't work unless you're already relaxed. Even if you do decide to take sleeping pills it might also be worth considering other ways to relax before bed like having a winding-down routine.
December 29th, 2015 2:30pm
If you really, really can't sleep, then you should. But maybe you should discuss it with your doctor first
January 4th, 2016 8:22am
No, there are several other ways. One of the best is to read a book while sleeping and in a most relaxed position. You will feel sleepy so soon.
June 6th, 2016 9:17pm
Never take any pills without talking to your parents and doctor about it first, you never know if the pills you want to take will do more harm than good. So stay safe!!!:)
June 25th, 2016 11:50pm
Despite some users giving you an automatic "no" as a reply, it can be highly beneficial to talk with your Doctor about medicines like Quetiapine (Seroquel) as they are highly efficacious for inability to fall asleep, as well as being able to address other mental health issues. Always consult your doctor (you can't obtain medicine like that without a script anyway) it's not at all addictive, and I've recommended it to many people and it's completely changed their sleeping for the better, to a deep, restful and undisturbed sleep. It's a very good option to consider, so I recommend you asking you Doctor if it would be suitable in the case of chronic sleep disturbances. Good luck, and don't hesitate to contact me for further questions or information, CounsellorAJ
June 19th, 2017 5:01am
It's never a long term solution. It only cure for short term result. So if you suffer for long term insomnia, please consult therapist rather than just consume pills.
February 19th, 2018 10:31pm
Not necessarily. If you do take pills, it will only be helpful temporarily. You need to build evening routines that will allow you to calm down to be able to rest. You also need morning routines to help you wake up energized and feel in control of your life. Together, these help frame your day in such a way that helps you sleep better at night.
April 17th, 2018 10:56am
In most cases, no. Sleeping pills can inhibit your melatonin production if you use them for a long term of time and your body may be dependent on them, meaning sleeping will be even more difficult to achieve. You should only really use them if a doctor tells you to.
May 8th, 2018 10:19am
Taking pills to sleep better can be a short-term relief, however over a longer period it is better to figure out what is behind the sleeping problems and work it out, because pills only numb the symptoms but don't solve them.
March 5th, 2019 6:02pm
There's no shame in needing to take pills that will aid you in sleeping if you have a sleep disorder like insomnia. Sleep is extremely important and lack of sleep is an urgent issue - it's almost impossible for anything else to go right if you're not about to sleep. However, self-medication is dangerous. You must make sure that you go to your doctor/psychologist and speak with them about your sleep issues, and ensure that you only take medicines that have been responsibly prescribed to you. Some sleep medications can be strong and addictive, so take them with caution, under the advice of your doctor.
November 4th, 2019 2:58pm
I was having a lot of trouble sleeping. I could spend 4-8 hours lying in bed while tired but never fall asleep. It was negatively impacting my life. I tried non-pharmaceutical interventions like meditation that helped some. I also liked using a sound machine and making sure my bed was as comfortable as possible. However, II built up so much anxiety around sleep and all of my tricks weren't fully helping. I finally went to a doctor for medications and they have helped a lot. I'm finally sleeping around 7 hours/night. Sometimes, I am groggy in the mornings which isn't great. But if you are interested in pills, I'd say they can work but talk to your doctor to see if they'd be right for you!