Thursday, January 27, 2005

A Little Difficulty Sleeping....

As a people mechanic, I regularly see patients who have insomnia. Unfortunately, modern medicine, with all its wonders, has little to help this situation. Benzodiazepines like temazepam and nitrazepam are related to diazepam (Valium). These drugs replaced barbiturates, which are potentially addictive, and are very dangerous in overdose. They were thought to be the answer to anxiety and insomnia when they first became available, and they are certainly significantly safer in overdose than barbiturates. However, over time, it emerged that people can become dependent on them, and they also tend to lose their effect with continuous use.

Fortunately, most people don't have as much difficulty sleeping as Mr Nesterchuk from the Ukraine, who claims he hasn't slept for more than 20 years. Has he considered watching re-runs of the Des O'Connor Show?