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The Dangers of Getting Addicted to Sleeping Pills

When most people think of a pill addiction, sleeping pills are not usually their first thought. The seemingly innocuous nature of this sleep aid is what makes the risk of addiction all the more dangerous.

There are three categories that sleeping pills, also known as ‘hypnotics,’ can belong to: benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, and the less commonly prescribed barbiturates.

According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S., the number of ER visits attributed to non-benzodiazepines containing zolpidem rose from 22,000 to more than 42,000 within a five year span.

Women in particular appear to be more likely to develop a dependency than men.

Another study revealed the risk of mortality and many types of cancer in patients taking hypnotics was much higher than in members of the control group. Even more troubling is that a yearly dose that amounted to no more than 18 doses was still linked to an increase in mortality.

Subjects who were given higher doses were found to have seen an increase in cancers by 35%.

Sleeping pills are designed to provide short-term relief from sleep issues. Many people often abuse them, using sleeping pills for much longer periods than recommended. Soon a dependency is formed and when the intake of sleeping pills is stopped, patients experience withdrawal symptoms.

Common sleeping pill addiction and withdrawal symptoms include:

  • the return of insomnia
  • cravings for the sleeping pills
  • depression and anxiety
  • nausea and vomiting
  • sweating and uncontrollable shaking

In the most extreme cases, overuse of sleeping pills has been linked to accidental death. The risk of death is raised when sleeping pills are mixed with other substances like alcohol or painkillers. Though drug companies and medical professionals have repeatedly warned against this lethal combination, many patients do not take these warnings seriously. By the time the drugs have taken effect, it can be too late.

Go Natural Instead!

Prescription medications are not the only option available to insomniacs to stop the cycle of sleepless nights. Natural sleep aids are potent and good for your health!

Zenbev’s Restbites, Drink Mix and our brand new zzzBar are all natural sleep aids made with organic ingredients. At the very top of the list is flour made from pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid. When consumed, tryptophan’s effect on the body can promote sleepiness.

Clinical evidence supports the effectiveness of Zenbev products. While strong pharmaceuticals carry a laundry list of side effects and risks, our natural sleep products are kind to the body proving there is absolutely no need to rely on dangerous drugs to reclaim your sleep cycle.

To view all of our delicious and natural bedtime snacks shop our products page!

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Resetting Your Sleep Patterns for Spring

Spring is just around the corner! In many regions, including North America and the United Kingdom this time of year also marks the start of Daylights Savings Time. Springing forward we gain more daylight, but lose an hour of sleep.

 

Does More Daylight Mean Less Sleep?

This transition can be tough, even for the soundest of sleepers. As winter draws to an end, daylight hours last longer exposing us to more sunlight. Exposure to bright light later in the day can trigger insomnia, while avoiding the sun altogether can also lead to trouble sleeping.

Controlling your exposure to sunlight, and by extension controlling when the production of melatonin in your body takes place, will minimize the risk of sleep disruption. More time spent outside in the sunlight can actually raise your chances of getting a healthy amount of sleep.

 

All Natural Energy Boosters

Keeping up with the longer days might have you reaching for unhealthy solutions like energy drinks. These quick fixes offer short-lived benefits followed by unpleasant side effects when the withdrawal kicks in. Headaches, dry mouth and extreme fatigue should never be the price you pay to stay awake.

Skip the nasty side effects and learn how to make your body work for you. Here are a few all natural ways for resetting your body clock with a few pro tips for developing healthy habits:

  • Keep a regular schedule. Wake up at the same time and go to bed at the same time.
  • Get outside as soon as you can after you wake up. The sunlight exposure will signal to your body that it is time to wake up and cease the production of melatonin.  (Pro Tip: Go for a morning walk or jog to increase serotonin production and boost circulation.)
  • Lights out and don’t forget to shut the blinds. As bedtime draws near, trigger the production of melatonin by turning down the lights. Make sure your windows are covered to prevent an early morning sunrise from waking you up too early.
  • Spring cleaning for the body and mind. Carry through the theme of “re-energizing” your life by swapping out fatty comfort foods for light and lean meals to match the season. (Pro Tip: Shopping at your local farmer’s market and produce vendors is a great way to get familiar with what produce is in season. Challenge yourself to eat fresh plant foods in a variety of colours to maximize nutrient intake.)

Looking for a little extra help getting some restful sleep this spring? Reset your sleep cycle safely with the natural and organic sleep aid products from ZenBev!