Extreme difficulty falling or staying asleep on a regular basis. Often insomnia is due to stress, but if you think it may be due to health issues such as asthma, depression, sleep apnea, heartburn, or arthritis, look at this underlying issue with your health care provider.
Often Western doctors prescribe sleeping pills for insomnia; popular brands include Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata. Care providers also often discuss behavioral therapies, which include healthy sleep habits, and cognitive behavioral therapy to lessen stress. It’s important to be aware of the side effects of prescription sleeping pills. Dr. Pujari spoke on King 5 News about a study that examines these side effects. We know taking sleep medication has long-term potential risks, including daytime fatigue, disturbing sleep stages quality, interactions with alcohol, and potentially worsening other health issues, such as sleep apnea, which can be associated with heart arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. In general, prescribing sleeping pills should be regarded as a last resort instead of a first resort, and they should be used for the short-term–ideally for 6 weeks or less if possible