Tuesday, August 15, 2006

the world for a good night's sleep

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Perennial consumer products reference Consumer Reports has released a report called Best Buy Drugs to help you bring their handy comparisons and assessments to play in making health care decisions.

I am finding the report on prescription sleep aids particularly informative and useful. Like many others with migraine disease or other chronic illnesses, I suffer from insomnia. And requesting a prescription from my primary care doctor to treat it seems really tempting. But this report has left me with second thoughts.

Consumer Reports notes that heavy advertising of these products seems to have a great influence on the increased numbers of people treating their insomnia with these so-called wonder drugs. But do all these people really need a prescription treatment? Do I? Are we too quick to jump to this option, perhaps influenced by the power of amplified industry advertising?

A number of the preventatives I've been on were supposed to help me get to sleep and stay asleep. They didn't. I've tried making all the lifestyle and behavioral changes. They haven't helped. I think it is definitely time to discuss this with my doctors. I will report back after I have done so. In the meantime, I'm going to try a couple of over-the-counter options because I can't really deal with this for one more second.

Sleeping pills: Are they worth the risks?

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