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13 Jun 2011

Desperate for sleep!
Please help - I take a (prescribed) sleeping pill each night, am an incredibly light sleeper - any sound wakes me up and I can''t get back to sleep. I have tried all sorts of natural remedies as well. If I don''t take a sleeping pill, I don''t get any sleep! This has been for most of my adult life (now 43) and I am now desperate.... any solutions??? Thanks!
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01 Jan 0001

The problem with using sleeping pills every night is that your body gets used to them, so that if you try to come off them, for a couple of weeks you get a very bad insomnia. It does, however, settle down.

There are ways to come off the pills successfully (and, surprisingly, without too many problems), but it will need the help of a sleep doctor.
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