How Do You Break The Sleeping Pill Habit?

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How Do You Break The Sleeping Pill Habit?

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• Contact your physician prior to stopping any prescription sleeping pills. Some pills may cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, tremors, sweating and loss of appetite. Your doctor will advise you of the best way to reduce and stop your use of prescription sleeping pills. • Reduce your pill dosage. Instead of taking two pills, only take one pill at bedtime. If your pills can be cut in half, take half of a pill. By reducing your dosage, you are gradually weaning yourself off of the medicine. • Stop taking your pills on nights when you don’t have to work or get up early the next day. If you have a little trouble getting to sleep, your work won’t suffer. • Ensure your bedroom is a sanctuary for sleep. Your bedroom should be dark at night, comfortable, soothing and quiet. You may need to add blinds to block out light or buy more pillows or a new comforter for your bed. If your bedroom is too loud due to traffic or other noise, wear earplugs to bed. • Avoid stress an