Roughly 70 million Americans are kept up at night by a sleep issue—including adequate sleep duration, napping, as well as many misconceptions over what constitutes or affects a good night’s sleep.
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Put a stop to the eight most common sleep myths that are keeping you up at night…
1. Sleeping Pills For Long-Term Use
Experts at the National Institutes of Health National Center caution the use of sleeping pills (i.e., Ambien) for long-term use. Prescription sleep medications are meant to break the cycle of chronic sleeplessness for those with sleep disorders (i.e., insomnia). They’re meant to reset sleep patterns by teaching the body to fall asleep and stay asleep. Taking them over the long term can cause dangerous side effects—such as drug dependence, migraines, dizziness, and anxiety. If you need a longer-term solution, experts recommend drug-free sleep therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (or CBT).