I have a problem falling asleep so I take sleeping pills. They leave me feeling groggy throughout the day.
My question, dear panelists, is: is it better to lie in bed awake until I’d fall asleep naturally, if ever, and be tired the next day, or to sleep with the pills and be tired the next day?
As a non-prescriber, I cannot speak to the effects of various medications, whether over-the-counter or prescribed. That being said, there can be many reasons that you have trouble falling asleep. Some are environmental, some emotional, and others medical (ranging from allergies to neurological conditions).
Are you anxious? Depressed? Do you take medication that can cause side effects? Do you tend to have caffeine in the evening? Do you smoke? Are you in front of a screen shortly before bedtime? These are some things that can contribute to insomnia. If you can identify the point at which you began having trouble falling asleep, you might discover that a particular incident, issue, or change in circumstances began at about the same time.
You stated that you take sleeping pills. If these are over-the-counter and you began taking them without a professional recommendation, there are likely numerous possible causes for your daytime grogginess. Some of these may be specific to the pills that you’re taking or the dosage. Others causes may relate to the many aspects of your individual body chemistry.
Regardless, your physician—or a sleep specialist—can give you a better sense of possible reasons for your grogginess. A full assessment could be done, which would include all known causes for insomnia. A method of treatment would be designed specifically for your situation, taking into account your particular issues and needs.
-Yehuda Lieberman, LCSW
psychotherapist in private practice
Brooklyn, NY | Far Rockaway, NY
author of Self-Esteem: A Primer
www.ylcsw.com / 718-258-5317
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