Experiencing Side Effects of Medication?
Chances are, like many others, you use sleeping pills to help you sleep better. And unsurprisingly, you may suffer from a slew of drug side effects – just like 80% of all sleep medication users.
Sleep medication side effects can range from seemingly benign–such as weight gain, headaches, and dry mouth–to serious, such as daytime drowsiness and even cancer. Some commonly reported side effects are:
Despite how dangerous sleeping pills can be, some may be willing to accept these consequences as long they help them sleep better.
But the truth is, your body adapts to these drugs over time. Thus, you’ll find that you need to keep increasing the dose for the same effect. What's more, beyond a specific quantity of medicine, these effects are mainly placebo.
less time needed to fall asleep
less time awake in the middle of the night
decrease in ISI symptoms
increase in total sleep time
Based on users who followed the program for 1 month or more
Let Dawn’s Proven CBT-I Treatment Help
Sleeping without medication is easier than you think. After all, that’s what you have been doing since the day you were born.
Think about it; all through childhood, you didn't need medication or any other 'quick-fix' to help you sleep. So why should you now? Neither you nor your genetic makeup has changed. However, your thoughts and behaviors have, and CBT-I directly addresses them.
The American College of Physicians recommends CBT-I as the first-line approach to many forms of insomnia. It is incredibly effective – even more so than medications – with up to 80% of participants reporting remarkable improvements. These benefits include not only an increase in overall sleep duration but also quality. And the best part, the results are long-lasting with no side effects!
Even if you are a regular sleeping pill user, CBT-I can help you wean off them. In fact, a meta-analysis of 16,000 participants proved CBT-I to be the safest and most efficient way to improve your sleep while discontinuing the use of sleeping pills.
Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance. It can also quickly become a sleep effort - something that you try to do with the expectation that it will improve your sleep. Sleep is counter-intuitive, the less effort you spend trying to sleep, the more it comes naturally.
While meditation in itself isn’t harmful, doing it every night with the expectation that it should help you sleep can be. Everytime you try it and it doesn’t work constantly reinforces the notion that sleep is something that can be controlled. Dawn’s program helps you identify such sleep efforts and negative thinking patterns and helps you sleep better naturally.
Complete our 5 minute questionnaire to see if you are a fit for our sleep program.
Download the Dawn app, get introduced to your sleep coach, and work 1:1 with them.
Identify harmful sleep efforts and get recommended behavioral changes from your coach.
Our coaches are available at any time to answer any questions and change your program regimen.
Dr. Janna Larson is a board certified Psychiatrist who received her M.D. at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. She received training in adult psychiatry at University of California San Diego where she served as Chief Resident in her final year of training.