Despite serious side effects physicians continue to write millions of prescriptions for Zolpidem (brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Intermezzo, Stilnox, Stilnoct, Sublinox, Hypnogen, Lunata, Zonadin, Sanval, Zolsana and Zolfresh) for the treatment of insomnia each year. In 2012 alone zolpidem, the generic form of ambien, was prescribed 43.8 million times in the U.S.
These medications have serious side effects and can be habit forming. Sleep walking, sleep eating, sleep driving, grogginess, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, amnesia, hallucinations, impaired judgement, and difficulty maintaining balance are all common side effects. In addition rebound insomnia can occur when you try to get off these medications.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional group of sleep doctors, says therapy should be the first treatment prescribed for people who have persistent trouble falling or staying asleep.
Hypnosis is the ideal therapy. Hypnosis is derived from ‘Hypnos’, the Greek God of sleep and the word "hypnosis" literally means sleep. However, hypnosis is not a form of sleep but a state of increased concentration and awareness.
But most people with sleep problems never see a therapist or try hypnotherapy. They talk to their primary care doctor who may not even be aware of such recommendations so they simply write a prescription.
There is a convenient alternative. It’s inexpensive and has no adverse side effects. Just listen to a hypnotherapy session as you go to sleep. The hypnotherapy session can help you fall asleep without medication and help you to stay asleep. The bonus is that you’ll awaken refreshed in the morning.
My wife and I listen to a hypnosis recording every night. Not only does the recording help us to fall asleep but we're able to program positive ideas while we sleep. Most nights I'll only hear a few minutes of the recording before I drift to sleep. I love it.
Before you resort to mind numbing medications give our New Hypnosis for Insomnia program a fair trial.
All of our audio programs are guaranteed for 30 days so you have nothing to lose. Just turn on your program as you snuggle into bed and enjoy much deserved restorative rest.
Here's to a great nights sleep!
Kenneth Grossman, PhD
Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist