Harvard Health Letter

The savvy sleeper: Wean yourself off sleep aids

There are two challenges when it comes to fighting sleep aid dependence. One is that stopping the drugs suddenly results in rebound insomnia, which makes symptoms worse. The other is that the rebound insomnia then convinces users they need the drugs to sleep. Gradual reduction of sleep medication, with a doctor’s supervision, can help a person wean himself off the drugs. Cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation techniques, and improving sleep hygiene can also help.
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