“Do I have to take sleep medication for a long period of time?”
I usually find it hard to sleep, and my doctor has prescribed sleeping medications for me to take. Do I have to be on these for a long period of time? I would rather not depend on them.
Dr. Gary H. Miller Pulmonologist Washington, DC
Actually sleeping medications are best used for only a short time and your concerned about not becoming dependent is completely appropriate. It would be reasonable to ask why you're finding it hard to go to sleep. This could be related to life stress or depression or anxiety or physical discomfort or any number of other things. I hope your doctor took the time to ask about this. If not you should raise the question again.