Tired and lacking in energy during the day – then wide awake at night? I wonder how many people opt to take a pill for that?
It struck me as completely ridiculous, when I saw how many sleeping tablets and “stay awake” (anti sleeping?) pills I saw in the pharmacy recently. They're even stocked right next to each other (though thankfully they didn't have a “buy sleeping pills, get caffeine pills free” offer). I can't help but think relying on pharmaceuticals to enable your body to rest and repair – and then again to enable you to function during the day is a recipe for disaster. As well as the start of a chain of reliance on drugs to sleep – and then wake up.
Where the tiredness after lunch is a result of a huge sugar crash (thanks to a refined carb-heavy lunch), surely adding caffeine pills into the mix is only going to make things a whole lot worse?
I also wonder how restorative a sleeping pill induced sleep is compared to a natural sleep?
When people struggle to sleep and stay awake at appropriate times, this is surely a clear sign that behavioural changes are needed (change of diet to Paleo, getting up earlier, reducing stress and exercising perhaps?). Behavioural changes aren't a quick thing, but surely they are a better long-term plan than taking one pill to counter act the other pill!
What do you think? Would you take a pill to sleep, then a pill to wake up?