Why Sleeping Pills Don’t Work in the Long Run, and What to Do Instead

Below are the responses that I gave for an interview about sleeping pills and sleep strategies. I hope you enjoy: What makes sleeping pills so addictive? Sleeping pills, usually benzodiazepines (Temazepam, Valium) or benzodiazepine receptor agonists (Zolpidem, Zopiclone, Stilnox), are so addictive because they do help to lower our physiological and cognitive levels of arousal. Hyper-arousal, especiallyContinue reading “Why Sleeping Pills Don’t Work in the Long Run, and What to Do Instead”

What Are the Best Strategies For Improving Your Sleep?

For all of 2017, I tracked my sleep using a Sleep Diary. Looking back at the whole year of data, it is now possible to determine which intervention and variable led to the best sleep. Let’s have a look at the top 3 interventions for each sleep parameter, and the bottom 3 interventions too. WHATContinue reading “What Are the Best Strategies For Improving Your Sleep?”

Will Your Sleep Improve if You Take Melatonin Tablets Regularly?

The twenty-fifth and last variable that I tested in 2017 to examine its impact on sleep is melatonin. I will see if taking melatonin every night for a week can have a substantial effect on my sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I found this strategy to implement,Continue reading “Will Your Sleep Improve if You Take Melatonin Tablets Regularly?”