Friday, September 29, 2006

Pill Popping Bliss

Okay, so my title may not be the most attractive of titles. I guess it's not even something that I should be proud of, but what can I say ... I'm finally sleeping.

I've always been hesitant about taking sleeping pills or sedatives. But this summer my insomnia go so bad that I went into Boots and got a bottle of herbal sleeping pills. I tried them out for a few nights but found that they were really relaxants. So instead of being able to fall asleep, I would just lay in bed, relaxed, but wide awake. That definitely wasn't my idea of a solution.

A few weeks later I had a nasty fall down the stairs. As horrifying as that experience was, I have no complaints as the medication iw as taking for the pain put me soundly to sleep. And what can I say, it wasn't too long before I became hooked.

I didn't depend on them right away ... it wasn't till another few weeks later when my insomnia was kicking in that I decided to reach for that little bottle of magic pills to just try and get a good night's sleep ... and what do you know ... it worked! And so I took a few more the next night, and then the next, and then the next ...

And each morning I woke up feeling great because I had a good night's sleep.

Seems good, doesn't it ... well, not to everybody.

My friends are a little concerned about my growing dependency on these pills. To calm them down I told them that I'd give them up ... and I did ... well, for a few nights ... but those nights were so restless for me. I had trouble sleeping. When I slept I couldn't stay asleep ... and then I'd finally wake up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck.

So my argument is ... what harm can a few pills a night do when the results are so good? I get to sleep. I feel rested. And when I wake up, I'm ready to go.

I guess I'm caught in a dilemma right now. I don't want to be addicted to these pills. And actually for the last week I haven't taken them at all ... but the bad nights of sleep are really getting to me. I just don't know what to do ...


MiYaFuSHi said...

See a doctor already.

Try massages, hypnotherapy and relaxation excersices and yoga.

Raine said...

Stop popping those pills and go to a doctor or, when in London, go to a sleep clinic. If you become hooked on painkillers it will be a serious addiction. Stop now. I'm telling my dad.

Kleio said...

Raine's right. DO NOT TAKING PAINKILLERS TO FALL ASLEEP!! I can't even imagine how they relax you - when I had my thumb surgery and had to take painkillers I hated them, they made me feel so sick. But my Dad had Raine monitoring my intake because they are so easy to get addicted to. So for now you might just be taking them to fall asleep, but in time your body will depend on them.

If you see a doctor he/she'll be able to prescribe proper sleeping pills. Ones that are non-addictive but do the trick.

I know how you feel about the insomnia, though. I have it too. It takes me forever to fall asleep. I usually keep the radio on. Sometimes helps. But not really.

Kleio said...

(That should have read: DO NOT TAKE instead of DO NOT TAKING. I sounded like such a FOB there, didn't I?) :)

LonDonY said...

Am I interfeing w/ family discussion?? :?

well, i'd say u should stop'em asap and see what kind of side affects they may have on u... however, not what they say on package though.. rather, u check out the side affects of this pill from some trustworthy institue.. to be in safe side. afterall, you're dealing with your health..

regarding the insomnia, did u try reading??? it worked with me.. but avoid interesting things.. and aim for the detailed/boring kind'a books .. they'll drowse u so bad

all the best

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PlumPetals said...

Hey guys -
I've tried everything! Well, not hypnotherapy. Maybe I should give that a go.
I haven't taken the pills for 2 weeks now, and I'm telling you, the nights of sleep aren't that good.
But I'm trying ... so we'll see.
Thanks for the advice though!