A study, published in the journal "Sleep," indicated that people who attempt to combat insomnia through through self-medication spend far more on alcohol (an estimated $339.8 million in the province where the study was based) than on either prescription medications ($16.5 million), or over the-counter products ($1.8 million). Information on illicit drug use was not included.
The Province newspaper, which ran an article on the study, quoted sleep expert, Dr Adam Moscovitch, as saying, "When you knock yourself out as a way of dealing with [insomnia]...then alcohol has a very negative effect on your sleep. It deprives you of...the deep stages of sleep and, once it wears off, it has a rebound effect. So your problem becomes much worse."
If you are drinking or drugging as an attempt to get a good night's sleep, try these strategies instead.