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Taking a sedative medication to sleep?

Sometimes our everyday lives can get so stressful it’s hard to think clearly, let alone get to sleep. Rushing to meet work deadlines, getting the kids to school and still leaving time to relax can feel impossible.

 

For times when we’re very stressed, like when we’re struggling through a break-up or grieving the loss of a loved one, sleeping tablets and anxiety medications may have a small role.

 

But for some, using these medications for too long can lead to unintended side-effects like tolerance, dependence and addiction.[i] It can make dealing with everyday tasks harder and even actually make us more tired as we don’t get the good, deep sleep we all need. You can reach a point where you can’t just keep getting on with it.

 

If you’re about to take or have been prescribed a sleeping tablet or sedative medication, make a plan to safely reduce and stop with your health professionalDownload a sleep medication action plan or an anxiety medication action plan to start the conversation.

 

The good news is that evidence shows there are other strategies you can try that do have long-term results, without the side-effects.

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Download a sleep medication action plan now to start the conversation with your health professional.

Download an anxiety medication action plan now to start the conversation with your health professional.

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Find other strategies to help manage insomnia and sleep problems.

Find other strategies to help manage anxiety in the long-term.

References

[i] According to Reconnexion, recommended safe and appropriate use of benzodiazepines is for no longer than 2-4 weeks of daily use or intermittent use. Accessed March 2019: http://www.reconnexion.org.au/what-is-safe-use/w1/i1023213/