Do sleep aids really work? Experts warn about side effects, discuss benefits Health

Sleep plays an important role in recovery, recovery, detoxification and feeling active throughout the day. Sleep deprivation over days and months together can wreak havoc on our body’s processes and has been linked to many chronic health problems, from heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, depression, and more. Not setting a healthy sleep routine is usually the cause of sleep deprivation, in many cases sleep disorders can play the culprit. Sleep aids are thus widely used these days and many times people go for over-the-counter medication which can have many side effects. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are taking sleep medications, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Sleep and Medicine. About 40% reported increased use of sleep aids due to the epidemic. (Also Read: Sleep Deprivation: 5 Ways Lack Of Sleep Can Affect Your Heart Health)

“There can be a variety of factors that can lead to an unhealthy pattern of someone’s sleep, which requires medication to bring back the balance, because forcing oneself to sleep is a challenging task when one does not want to. Therefore, there are additional technical help or medications. Of course, with proper counseling is necessary. 6. The main fact is that ‘sleep aid’ is beneficial only if it comes as a medical expert’s advice after the necessary evaluation, and it is certain to have adverse effects in the absence of negligence, overdose or absence of proper medical supervision. Each benefit or side effect is primarily Depends on basic understanding,” says Dr Bandana Mishra, HOD and Senior Consultant, Pulmonology, Sanar International Hospital, Gurugram.

Dr. Mishra explains more about the benefits and side effects of the different types of sleep aids available.

Wearable sleep tracking technology: Does it help people sleep?

Wearable sleep tracking technology and smartphone apps are used to collect data points throughout the night and provide a better picture of what happens when you get shut-eye. But they don’t actually improve your sleep. the reason? The data collected is based on movement. They can’t give you good data on whether you’re actually sleeping. So, a wearer who is wide awake but still sleeping may get an inaccurate sleep summary the next day. The same problem can affect people who toss and turn while snoozing.

Devices continue to evolve, including smartwatches, Bluetooth-enabled bracelets and bedside monitors. Some claim to be able to detect when users are entering different stages of sleep. Movement isn’t a great reflection of sleep, so it’s not the best parameter to use.

This technology has a role in helping to bring awareness to sleep. Devices can prompt users to prioritize bedtimes or motivate them to see a doctor for sleep concerns, particularly sleep hygiene and sleep habits.

Risks of sleeping pills

The use of these sleep medications is especially for elderly or elderly people because they may be at a higher risk of confusion, dizziness and falls.

“Medication can be useful as a last resort. Sleeping pills are usually only used for bad spells of insomnia. You can target your sleep problem. People who take the pills can develop a tolerance and there can be side effects. Sleeping pills can help with stress, travel or other distractions that keep you awake. For chronic insomnia, behavioral changes learned in behavioral therapy/yoga/meditation are usually the best treatment,” says Dr Mishra.

A sleep aid can help you fall asleep or increase your chances of staying asleep through the night. By improving sleep in the short term, many sleep aids can help reduce daytime sleepiness and impaired thinking from sleep deprivation.

“Draw your boundaries, work on the underlying causes of sleep disturbances. Sometimes a disturbed sleep cycle is a symptom of other problems, such as stress, a disordered work-life balance, some physical condition or traumatic experiences due to a recent accident. The solution. Don’t just fall asleep, but disturb the sleep. The underlying causes need to be addressed,” says the expert.

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