You could become reliant on medications to get your sleep. Dr. Nick Smith of Pikeville Medical Center says, “You're not going to go through a big withdraw and start pawning off everything in your house to go to money to buy sleeping pills but you may end up with something to where you can't sleep again without it.”
More and more people are relying on sleeping pills to get a good nights rest. “In today's world it seems like a lot of people you know, take a lot of caffeine or a lot uppers when we need to be going and a lot of downers when we need to sleep so that happens a lot of times and that can unfortunately be a vicious cycle,” says Dr. Smith. He says there are other options but when most people are tired, they want immediate relief and so they turn to sleeping pills. “Some people however go about it in a different way and they want a quick fix.”
Patricia McCoy, a pharmacist at Pikeville Medical Center says, “Probably almost on a daily basis I may see one or see a refill. It's just an everyday thing.”
McCoy says in her years of being a pharmacist, more people are coming in with prescriptions and that's why sleeping medications like Ambien is one of the top 50 drugs filled the most at this pharmacy.
By relying on medication, people aren't establishing a regular sleeping pattern and although not always easy, it's what they need to do, say McCoy.
Dr. Smith says, “I do think there is definitely a time and a place. I don't think everybody needs a sleeping pill.”
Dr. Smith says if you have tried other ways to help you sleep and you still can't function in your daily life then medication could help. He also says before you try medication you should try several things such as sleeping with a fan, drinking less caffeine in the evening and avoid watching television in the bedroom.