Did you know that one in four Americans develops insomnia each year? Because of this, sleeping pills are one of the most commonly prescribed medications today.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to restlessness:
- A busy travel/work schedule
- Poor sleep habits
- Eating too much in the late evenings
- Mental health disorders or other medical conditions
- Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol
When you factor in COVID-19 and social isolation – and its resulting impact on mental health – the situation has become even more severe. In fact, prescriptions for anti-insomnia medications spiked almost 15% at the start of COVID-19, which may heighten the risk for sleeping pill overdose. NeurologyToday refers to this situation as “COVID-somnia,” and stated the following:
“Sleep neurologists are reporting increased sleep disturbances and the misuse of sleep medications in people recovering from COVID-19 and people whose lives have been beset by fear and social isolation. From insomnia to hypersomnia, night terrors to the misuse of sleep medications, the phenomenon is being reported and treated not only in people recovering from COVID-19, but in the far larger number of people whose lives have been turned upside down by fear and social isolation.”
Many people are blissfully unaware of the risks these common medications pose to those who use them. If you or a loved one is experiencing persistent insomnia and considering prescription medication, the infographic below shares some facts you should know about the risk for addiction and sleeping pill overdose. The most important thing to keep in mind is that sleeping pills are specifically prescribed as a short-term solution, as many have potential to lead to misuse, abuse, and addiction. We encourage you to speak with your doctor to implement more natural remedies for the long-term.
Don’t let a sleeping pill addiction (or a potential addiction) ruin your quality of life! It can be an overwhelming problem to deal with for both individuals and their loved ones, but with careful research and collaboration with your doctor, you’ll find there are many types of addiction treatment programs available with proven success.
At Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, we offer a serene environment that is conducive to overall healing, and our team of experts is composed of many who have experienced similar struggles. We blend both traditional and innovative protocols to address urgent treatment needs. Give us a call to determine if we’re the right rehab center for you and learn about our treatment options. Our programs can help you begin your path to a brighter future.