Women and Sleeping Pills

Women: the moms, daughters, sisters and friends that do it all. Depending on where you are in life, a woman’s normal morning can involve preparing children for school, taking care of last minute chores and tasks, making time for early morning meetings or obligations, taking care of elderly parents, and more.

The truth is, in almost every society women tend to be the caretakers of the family. Sometimes dealing with everyone else in the family can become overwhelming—and exhausting.

Marissa was a woman who had it all: a successful career as a salesperson, a loving husband and two beautiful children. After the economy changed for the worse, Marissa was laid off, and at first she vowed to use her time to become “supermom.” Over time, things didn’t work out as planned. Marissa missed her work friends, she was stressed all the time, she began to worry about money, and she had a bad habit of taking on too many responsibilities to help everyone around her. Exhausted, stressed and unable to sleep, Marissa was prescribed Ambien, a common sleep aid.

As time progressed, Marissa began to take sleep aids even when she didn’t need them. If she had a stressful day or needed to wind down, Marissa would take a pill or two to “settle down.”

“After all,” she reasoned, “I was prescribed it anyway.”

But soon enough, Marissa found that she was in a spiral of taking pills. She couldn’t sleep without the sleep aid, and she tried and added different brands on her own. She began to see other doctors and had different pills from each doctor. Her use got out of control when one night she took some sleeping pills with wine and woke up the next day to see her two young daughters, horrified, watching her sleep, afraid she would not wake up.

“They were scared, I was scared. I knew I had a problem,” confessed Marissa.

Can You Get Addicted to Sleeping Pills?

Not everyone who takes sleeping pills becomes addicted, but many people quickly build up a tolerance to sleep aids and find themselves needing more and more of the medicine to fall asleep. Sleep becomes more elusive, sleepwalking may become an issue, and the person may not feel truly rested in the morning or may have problems waking up the next day.

In some cases, the strength of sleeping pills alone is the cause of another problem: stimulant abuse. In some cases, unwitting moms have fallen victim to the cycle of sleeping pills followed by drowsy mornings full of coffee, espresso, or worse, stimulant drugs.

Side effects are a possibility with any drug, but sleeping pills do have a tendency to cause long-term dependence in just a short amount of time.

Help Overcoming Sleeping Pill Dependency

If you or someone you love has had a difficult time breaking the sleeping pill habit, we might be able to help. We offer a toll-free, 24-hour helpline that is staffed by caring counselors. We can help provide information on sleeping pill dependence, withdrawal and treatment. We can even help you arrange and plan for an intervention for a loved one, find quality treatment, or to simply find a therapist to talk with.

Take a break from the sleeping pill cycle. We want to help. All of our calls are confidential and free, so call us today.