Why Can't We Sleep?

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Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men, and insomnia tends to increase with age.

Getting the right amount of sleep has become an overwhelming issue for millions of people worldwide. Insomnia is a common problem and can range from difficulty falling asleep to waking frequently throughout the night or too early in the morning. Many people have reached for sleeping pills, tranquilizers or other medications, and then suffer the prolonged effects of addiction, including further erosion of their sleep.

Women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men, and insomnia tends to increase with age.

Sleeping pills can aggravate the problem, as the addictive nature of the tranquilizer class of medications is extremely high. Certain medications may also impair your ability to sleep and even cause more disrupted sleep as you continue with treatment.

Benzodiazepines, the Valium class medications that include Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, ProSom, Dalmane, Doral, Restoril, Librium, Centrax, Serax and Tranxene, are generally effective for just a few weeks, then tolerance to the medications increases and the risk for addiction is high.

This was certainly the case with Alesandra Rain, the co-founder of Label Me Sane. She spent ten years on a cocktail of medications that began when she sought treatment for insomnia.

“I had no idea how addictive tranquilizers could be,” says Rain. “At first they seemed to work so well, but in a short time my sleep was worse then ever.” Concludes Rain. Eventually she wanted help to withdraw from the medications and when her efforts failed, Rain went to treatment, quit cold-turkey and suffered months of the most terrifying withdrawals, after which her insomnia intensified.

“The psychological and physical dependence on tranquilizers and sleeping pills can produce withdrawal symptoms that be very severe and even life-threatening, and yet I do not think most people realize they are in danger.” states Rain. “It was frightening for me to see how many websites addressed the dangers, yet offered no solutions.” Concludes Rain.

After leaving treatment, Rain co-founded an organization to assist others to withdraw safely from anti-anxiety medications, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antidepressants. They consulted a brain researcher and addiction specialist to develop a program entitled Point of Return, that uses very specific nutritional supplements to assist brain function and support the body in reducing withdrawals.

Ironically, two products in their program raise melatonin and also assist the sleep center of the brain. “If I had known natural solutions existed that could address my insomnia, I would never have turned to tranquilizers,” states Rain. “Now we help people from all over the world, and many contact us to improve their sleep before ever starting a medication,” concludes Rain.

If you are finding it increasingly difficult to get a full night's rest, you are not alone. No matter what your age, getting the proper amount of restorative sleep remains essential to your physical health and emotional well-being.

For more information on how to improve your sleep, or if you are taking a tranquilizer, sleeping pill or antidepressant and seek assistance to withdraw safely, contact tollfree 866.605.2333 or visit http://www.pointofreturn.com.

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