Insomnia and Sleeplessness(4)

How To Avoid Nocturnal Hypoglycemia
Nocturnal hypoglycemia (low nighttime blood glucose level) is an important cause of sleep-maintenance insomnia. When there is a drop in the blood glucose level, it causes the release of hormones that regulate glucose levels. These compounds stimulate the brain. They are a natural signal that it is time to eat.
Many people suffer from faulty glucose metabolism, either hypoglycemia or diabetes, because of overeating refined carbohydrates. Good bedtime snacks to keep blood sugar levels steady throughout the night are oatmeal and other whole grain cereals, whole grain breads and muffins, and other complex carbohydrates. These foods will not only help maintain blood sugar levels, they actually can help promote sleep by increasing the level of serotonin within the brain.

Tips For Safe Use sleeping pills
If you do wish to take sleeping pills despite the health risks, talk to your doctor to determine which prescription or over-the-counter product will work best for you. In addition, keep these tips for safe use in mind:

  •  Stop taking sleeping pills gradually. If you’ve grown accustomed to taking sleeping pills regularly, then suddenly stopping may produce withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, nausea, vomiting or unusual dreams.
  • Avoid forming a habit. Try to take sleeping pills only when necessary. Many of the prescription drugs are habit-forming, and taking over-the-counter drugs regularly can lead to them becoming ineffective due to increased tolerance.
  • Avoid alcohol. Never drink alcohol when taking sleeping pills as this increases the sedative effects of the pills.
  • Don’t try other activities. Don’t attempt to do anything that requires alertness, such as driving, when taking sleeping pills.
  • Ask your doctor about conflicting health issues. People with certain health conditions are considered to be unsuitable for sleeping pill use. If you have asthma, liver problems, urinary retention, closed-angle glaucoma, depression, alcohol abuse issues, lung disease, kidney problems, respiratory problems, sleep apnea or are pregnant or breast-feeding, be sure to ask your doctor if sleeping pills are safe for you to take.


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