Amazing what one finds out when one needs to. Between wake-up and now (now being time of writing this, which is about twelve hours) I’ve learnt that the sleeping pill market is a huge business. And I mean huge.
More than that I’ve discovered there is what’s called “The Sleep Market,” of which the sleeping pills are a part, and it’s worth billions of dollars; over 23 billion dollars in the US alone.
This market includes sleeping pills, specialty matrasses, specialty pillows, aromatic compounds and all manner of other mood altering potions.
The sleeping pills however, are the jewel in the crown, reportedly grossing around 9 billion dollars alone. This kind of money means competition amongst drug companies. And like all grabs for as much cash as you can get your hands on, there are some things these companies do that should, shall we say, be done better.
One of the major issues seems to be that these companies need to be pushed to disclose the addictive nature and potential side effects of their products.
There is a well know Aussie Olympic swimmer who wandered through a casino foyer semi naked, then spent 35 days at The Meadows in Arizona, an exclusive rehab facility that specialises in 30 types of addiction, including drugs.
The swimmer admitted using Stilnox on the night of his casino incident and being addicted to it.
Sleeping pills have side effects and anyone taking them should be made aware before they do take them.
These side effects are: Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, fatigue, worsened insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations, agitation, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, infections of the nose, throat and chest amongst others.
Billions of dollars shelled out by people desperately trying to get a good nights rest only to, in far too many cases, get those kinds of unpleasant and dangerous things happen to them.
If only a fraction of those billions of dollars was spent on helping people discover remedies and relaxation techniques within themselves, how much better, happier and healthier the world would be?
But, as everyone knows it isn’t that kind of planet. They don’t want you to get better on your own. They want you; indeed encourage you to become dependent on the system and its drugs. It’s not only guns and bars that keep people prisoner.
Not ever having taken a sleeping pill I’m hardly one to offer advice on sleeping pills. I will however say this to anyone reading this who does take them.
Speak to your medical practitioner. Do your own research. Find out what the side effects are. Find out what you can do for yourself before reaching for the pills. Observe what the triggers that don’t allow you to sleep are. Can you address those and do something to help yourself?
Do not simply go for the pills because they seem to be the easiest option both for you and for whoever is advising you.
Ask questions, seek second opinions. Be no one’s experiment or cash cow.
With love …