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Why You Shouldn’t Reach For a Sleeping Pill When You Can’t Sleep

Chronic lack of sleep has a cumulative effect when it comes to disrupting your health, so you can’t skimp on sleep on weekdays, thinking you’ll “catch up” over the weekend. You need consistency. Generally speaking, adults need between six and eight hours of sleep every night. There are plenty of exceptions though. Some people might need as little as five hours a night, while others cannot function optimally unless they get nine or 10 hours.

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My strong recommendation and advice is quite simply to listen to your body. If you feel tired when you wake up, you probably need more sleep. Frequent yawning throughout the day is another dead giveaway that you need more shut-eye. Personally, I find that when I am reading during the day, if my eyes close and I tend to doze off, I know I did not get enough sleep the night before. However, above all, should insomnia strike, don’t make the mistake of reaching for a sleeping pill.

Not only do sleeping pills not address any of the underlying causes of insomnia, researchers have repeatedly shown that sleeping pills don’t work, but your brain is being tricked into thinking they do… One analysis found that, on average, sleeping pills help people fall asleep approximately 10 minutes sooner, and increase total sleep time by a mere 15-20 minutes. They also discovered that while most sleeping pills caused poor, fragmented sleep, they induced amnesia, so upon waking, the participants could not recall how poorly they’d actually slept!

In terms of health consequences, this could end up being worse than not sleeping and being aware of that fact. At least then you’d be encouraged to find and address the root cause of your sleeplessness. Besides not working as advertised, sleeping pills have also been linked to significant adverse health effects, including a nearly four-fold increase in the risk of death, and a 35 percent increased risk of cancer.

A View from the Trenches: Why Psychiatry needs CES – Part 3


There is considerable controversy involving the efficacy of antidepressant medications.
The controversy also involves the risk/benefit analyses of currently approved interventions For example, Time magazine recently cited Kirsch’s meta-analysis in PLoS Medicine that found little benefit of antidepressants for most patients as well as Dr. John Krystal’s findings that about 25% of patients did worse on antidepressants than on placebo”.


There are also many non-pharmacologic interventions for reducing anxiety. Some of these include dietary supplements, acupuncture, meditation, yoga, and exercise. These interventions, however, are not employed by a large segment of society that suffers from anxiety.

These persons instead seek medication from their physician to alleviate their suffering. Typical classes of medications for anxiety include the SSRI’s, benzodiazepines as well as the off label use of antihistamines and atypical antipsychotic medications and antiepileptic medications.

In addition to the inherent problems with SSRI’s, there are also serious problems with the other classes of medications. A serious side effect of benzodiazepines includes their potential for inducing physical and psychological dependence. In addition, withdrawal symptoms can prove life threatening, especially with the shorter acting benzodiazepines like alprazolam. When taken as directed, which is often not the case; this class can result in compromised coordination and slowed reaction, falls, disinhibition, delirium, and anterograde amnesia.

It is not uncommon to see suicide attempts using a combination of a benzodiazepine together with alcohol and/or another sedative hypnotic. While buspirone is relatively well tolerated, it has poor efficacy for many anxiety disorders and 3 to 4 week lag time to effect often leads to premature discontinuation.

Medications such as gabapentin are used off label for anxiety disorders but there is no research to support its efficacy. Unfortunately, physicians have begun using the atypical antipsychotic medications to treat anxiety. This class of medications has a large and increasing number of very serious side effects. Recent attention has been focused on their causing metabolic syndrome.

They frequently cause extra pyramidal side effects, sedation, elevated prolactin levels and drug/drug interactions. All of these medications should be avoided during pregnancy and used with caution in the elderly. In short, the side effect profile of current pharmacologic treatments for anxiety limits their safe use. CES is a safe, initial alternative to such medications.

Many patients benefit from improving sleep hygiene as a treatment for insomnia. Others may improve using a sleep phase changes or treating the underlying problem such as sleep apnea, medical conditions, alcohol abuse, etc.


For many others, recent pharmacologic treatments prove effective and have minimal side effects. Targeting melatonin receptors is a novel and promising approach. For many persons, however, existing treatments are ineffective, too expensive, result in side effects or conflict with their desire to avoid medications.

Some side effects from medications are very disturbing, such as sleep associated behaviors that result in harm to self or others. For others, there is morning sedation, drug/drug interactions or rebound insomnia. When behavioral interventions are not effective, CES could be considered prior to initiating medications.

By Jason Worchel, M.D., a noted psychiatrist and Director of the Hilo Mental Health Center in Hilo, HI. This post is from a paper written by Dr. Worchel in his testimony before the F.D.A. concerning the effectiveness and safety of CES from the perspective of a practicing psychiatrist.

A View from the Trenches: Why Psychiatry needs CES – Part 4

CES vs. Drugs

I would like to highlight various advantages of CES relative to other existing treatments, especially medications that may not be well appreciated. Take for example, the difficulty faced by primary care physicians and mental health professionals in treating female patients of child bearing age. All available medications have teratogenic risk and are not recommended during pregnancy and breast feeding. Patients desiring to become pregnant have justified concerns about taking psychotropic medication

Current treatment algorithms encourage polypharmacy when initial treatments with a single drug are not effective. While there is some increased response, polypharmacy only increases the side effects burden and can result in untoward drug/drug interactions. These types of problems do not occur with CES.


Many psychotropic medications for the treatments of depression, anxiety and insomnia have discontinuation syndromes. Given the high rate of discontinuation of these medications by patients due to side effects and lack of efficacy, many patients unfortunately suffer when the take a medication prescribed to alleviate their suffering. This does not occur with CES. There are circumstances, for example prior to surgery, when certain psychotropic medications are required to be discontinued. CES does not have to be discontinued prior to surgery.

One my greatest concerns in treating patients with depression, anxiety and insomnia involves suicide. We know increased risk of suicide in depressed patients but it is often global insomnia is a significant risk factor for suicide as well as anxiety/agitation. Although safer than the older tricyclic and tetracylcic antidepressants, the current medications carry a significant risk of death in overdose, especially when combined with other analgesic medications. Too often, the medications we prescribed to prevent suicide become a means through which the patient attempts suicide. In fact, there are black box warnings that these medications may increase suicidal impulses, especially in adolescents. CES does not pose this risk.

As in many developed countries, we are an aging population. The treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia in the geriatric patients with medications present unique challenges due to the increased risk of adverse side effects. These side effects include the risk of falls and motor vehicle accidents.

Again, the number of medications taken in our geriatric patients continues to increase. Thus risk of adding psychotropic medications to their other medications poses additional drug/drug interactions and side effect burden. CES avoids this disadvantage and provides a safe alternative to patients, their families and care givers. Furthermore, missing a CES treatment does not carry the risks of missing doses of psychotropic medications in this population.

I have worked with primary care physicians in our federally qualified health clinics on the Big Island. They, like others across the country, are stymied and frustrated by the challenge of treating chronic pain. In particular, they face patients with bona fide pain but who also have depression, anxiety, insomnia and substance abuse. With regards to treatment interventions, they are damned if the do and damned if the don’t treatment with various classes of analgesic medications, including narcotic medications.

They are particularly afraid of the increasing fatalities occurring with the use of narcotic analgesic medications in combination with benzodiazepines and antidepressant medications. They welcome alternatives to medications for those patients whose emotional distress intensifies their suffering and pain sensation. CES could provide a safe alternative for them that do not currently exist.

In summary, CES represents as safe intervention for conditions for which existing treatments, especially pharmacologic and invasive interventions pose significant risk for adverse side effects. It is especially beneficial in defined populations. These include those who refuse medications and psychotherapy, dual diagnosed patients, geriatric patients, females of child bearing age and during pregnancy.

By Jason Worchel, M.D. is a noted psychiatrist and Director of the Hilo Mental Health Center in Hilo, HI. This post is from a paper written by Dr. Worchel in his testimony before the F.D.A. concerning the effectiveness and safety of CES from the perspective of a practicing psychiatrist.

Why medicating is a temporary fix for poor sleep and how CES can help me sleep better

Have you already tried many of the standard pharmaceutical methods known to western medicine to re-establish normal sleeping patterns without success?


Have you found yourself asking:

  • How come my medications no longer help me sleep, or help me go to sleep?
  • What can I use to help me get to sleep without the danger of serious side effects?
  • What can I use besides drugs to help me sleep better? (The Big Question)

If so you are not alone: Pharmaceutical drugs do not treat the causes of poor sleep, only the symptoms. Often making the initial causes worsen over time.

The reasons this occurs are simple, and can be debilitating

Falling out of a healthy sleep pattern happens slowly. The brain works from habit, striving to maintain that which would be considered “the neuro-chemical norm” for us as individuals. Maintaining a healthy balance for our overall well being is the brains number one assignment. It takes time for the brain to form new habits. Adding pharmaceuticals to the mix begins creating a new habit for the brain. The brain will cease to make the natural chemistry that is being replaced by that of the drugs. Read Report

Over time the brain becomes accustom to not making or even calling out for the making of the “replaced” neuro-chemicals. Leaving an individual depleted of that which would be normal for the brain to manufacture, and reliant on the drugs being ingested. Having this “new habit” fully in place things begin to deteriorate further as one develops a higher tolerance for the medications. Requiring a higher dose with continued use, eventually the dosage needed for the desired effect will exceed what is considered safe for ingestion. At which point continual use no longer has positive effect.

HENCE: My medications no longer help me sleep, or even help me go to sleep
Remember “The Big Question”?
What Can I Use Besides Drugs To Help Me Sleep Better?

The Answer: Cranial Electro Therapy Stimulation (CES) Treats the Causes of Poor Sleep Rather than the Symptoms!!

  • CES uses the natural processes of the brain to reset an individual’s sleep clock (link to ces and insomnia page under cesultra tab)
  • There are no known serious side effects from the use of CES.
  • CES re-adjusts the natural neuro-chemical output of the brain without the addition of outside harmful chemicals.
  • CES relieves the stress caused by sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression.

CES has been available for clinical use since the 1950’s and was invented in Russia. Originally CES was referred to as “electrosleep”.

CES uses a gentle electrical impulse applied to the ear lobes which is anatomically transferred to the brain. The tendency is for the frequency to cause the brain to release the neuro-chemistry needed for healthy sleep. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows the medical claims of “insomnia, anxiety, and depression” for CES use. Anxiety and depression are two common triggers of insomnia or sleep problems in general. Depression and anxiety will begin to cause sleep problems in people who haven’t previously experienced difficulties with sleep. A vicious cycle will often begin to take place in individuals whereby: the more anxious a person becomes the more they suffer from sleep disorders; the more one suffers from sleep disorder the more anxious one becomes, and on and on. The same is true of those who suffer from depression.

By using the natural processes of the brain to reset levels of normal neuro-chemicals in the brain CES causes a “new and healthy habit” for the brain to fall back into. In general end users report a substantial decline in sleep problems within 2 weeks of daily use. Read CES Experience.

Take Control: Reset Your Sleep Clock With The CES Ultra

Portable Affordable, and Easy To Use

  • Hand held unit designed to be used at home.
  • Use while reading, watching television or, just relaxing at your computer
  • A fraction of the cost of Doctors visits and prescription drugs ($349.00 U.S.D)
  • The human system was not designed to deal with the daily stresses of our modern existence. 10,000 years ago our toughest decisions were along the lines of: Do I want to eat nuts or berries for lunch, and should I take a nap now or later. The daily demands that we put on our selves have changed far faster than what the normal course of evolution has been able to keep up with. It is no wonder that we find ourselves felling stressed out and overloaded as often as we do. The CES Ultra is a safe, natural and convenient way to dial down your stress by redeveloping a healthy sleep cycle…


The CES Experience

We get a lot of calls here at Neuro-fitness from people inquiring as to what they can expect from using Cranial Electro Stimulation.. The following gives a general overview of the “CES Ultra Experience” during the first 3 weeks of in home use.

By the end of the first week, you can expect a pleasant, detached state and quieting of the mind with better impulse control and a greater sense of balance, centeredness, and calm. You’ll also experience fewer episodes of irrational anger, irritability, depression, and mood swings. By weeks two and three, mental confusion will diminish. You’ll notice heightened clarity, alertness, and ability to focus. Your ability to concentrate on tasks will improve, you’ll learn at an accelerated rate, and you’ll be back to your normal state of information recall.

Initial Usage

  • Pleasant tingling sensation
  • Gradual relaxation

First 2-3 Days

  • Beginning of normalization of sleep patterns
  • Decreased nervous energy and frenetic behavior
  • Fewer and shorter periods of waking at night
  • Elevation of mood

Week 1

  • Longer periods of uninterrupted sleep ***
  • Diminished depression and mood swings
  • Fewer episodes of irrational anger and irritability
  • Improved impulse control
  • Greater sense of balance, centeredness, and calm
  • A pleasant, detached state and quieting of the mind

Weeks 2 and 3

  • Further normalization of sleep patterns*****
  • Heightened clarity and alertness
  • Improved task concentration
  • Normalized information recall
  • Heightened ability to focus
  • Increased mental energy
  • Awakening refreshed
  • Diminished mental confusion

Please visit cesultra.com for more information or call us and speak to one of the company owners at 425-222-0830 between the hours of 9&5 Pacific time.