Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer’s 0 Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer‘sAs a society, we’re so used to taking pills—for infection, anxiety, depression, heart function, blood pressure…and insomnia. But we often forget how powerful these drugs are.As you know, medications can affect the whole body and mind. This goes beyond the symptoms and even beyond immediate side effects.It’s one thing to find out you’ve been binge-eating or online shopping in the middle of the night—reported with Ambien. It’s another to discover drugs can lead to long-term disease, like Alzheimer’s.Benzos up chances of getting Alzheimer’sA recent study examined long-term use of benzodiazepines or benzos—like Ativan, Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin—prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.Ways to manage fearsAll of this can be frightening. If you’re taking these medications, it might be tempting to stop right away. But it is very important to taper down and slowly wean off these drugs. Stopping too quickly can cause changes in brain function, including suicidal thoughts. Like I said, they’re powerful medicines.Valium was my go-to drug in the throes of anxiety as a young adult. Now I know more about natural ways to relax, and I exercise and eat pretty well—for many reasons, including reducing chances of Alzheimer‘s. However the study made me wonder how much that will help me keep thinking straight.But that’s a road to a life of angst, especially (last I checked) I can’t change the past.Rather than get caught up in the anxiety over what might happen, here are three helpful ways to deal with this and other concerns about the future:Do the best you can now That could mean tapering off the drugs if you use them. For other concerns, it might mean stocking up preparatory goods for a power outage.Give thanks for the blessings you are living This moment here is what you’re afraid of losing. Experiencing gratitude not only brings you in the present, but it’s a powerful emotion that puts other feelings into perspective.Relax your body, to relax your mind A good way to start is to exhaaaaalllllleeee fully. Then let your inhale naturally arise, filling you with being here right now.These three things help your brain function better. Then your nights and life will function better as well. May you rest and enjoy your nights, SondraLinks: Paula Span, “Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease,” New York Times, Sept. 24, 2014Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study,Heart cloud photo by Khunaspix via FreeDigitalPhotos.com NewsInsomnia Meds and Alzheimer’s2017-09-272020-06-24https://restfulinsomnia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/logo-2.jpgRestful Insomniahttps://restfulinsomnia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/skbeach-1.png200px200pxRecommended PostsWays to get through these timesMiss Clavel and Insomnia Wisdom: Principles for Rest Have EvolvedAntidepressant Sleep Aids And DementiaCalmly driving on the wrong side of the roadLeave a Comment Cancel replySave my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.