Many people who experience episodes of insomnia turn to prescription sleeping pills to solve the problem—and often this is just fine; there’s typically no harm in taking sleeping pills for a few nights, or on the occasional night when sleep won’t come.
For some people, however, medications just aren’t a good option. There are many reasons why this might be the case; some people find that sleeping pills don’t provide them with the restful sleep they need, while for others it’s more about trying to avoid using pills altogether. This is of particular concern for people in recovery from substance addiction, who must be careful to avoid the use of potentially habit-forming medications.
Luckily, there are lots of effective non-pharmaceutical options for treating insomnia and other sleep disorders. For example, dietary supplements such as magnesium and melatonin, taken before bedtime, can help make it easier to get to sleep. And improving your sleep “hygiene” by going to bed and getting up at the same times, and avoiding things like working or watching TV while in bed, can help too.
For more great information about non-pharmaceutical options for improving your sleeping habits, check out this article, aimed at people who are recovering from substance addiction, but full of useful information that might help others too.
– Mel Gibbons