Our expert says:
Dunno. Aw, well, maybe I do. One can get tolerance to most sedative substances ( alcoholis a superb example of that) --- so that one looks for a higher dose to get the same effect as before. But this ought to be less so with a milder and short-acting drug like Stilnox. I wonder ( check my prevous dealings with this topic in the Archive ) whether you are doing everything possible on the other non-chemical aspects of sleep, which some folks call "Sleep Hygiene" ( which to me sounds too much like what the Schol Nurse might talk about ) --- e.g. taking care to run down one's engines towards sleeping time, avoiding stimulating movies, conversation, arguments ; exercising earlier in the day but not within 4 hours or so of one's sleep time. Avoiding chemical stimulants. Reading a great dull book ( heavy Russian novelists convince me they never needed Stilnox ) ; and keeping the bed just for sleep --- if you haven't fallen asleep in 10 minutes, get up, sit in the lounge, have a warm milky drink ( which provides some sleep-useful chemicals ) , and return to bed when you feel drowsy.
Take lessons from a cat ( they're champion sleepers ). And when all else fails, maybe try the paradoxical method --- go to bed and try very hard to stay absolutely awake. If you notice you're feeling a bit drowsy and tired, try harder to stay awake. And when the urge to sleep gets overwhelming, give up, and let it overwhelm you.
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