Our expert says:
You first have to get your sleeping habits right. The question is: why did you need them in the first place? Once your sleeping habits ("sleep hygiene") have been corrected, then it is a relatively easy thing to do. However, I would suggest that you see a sleep doctor to help you with the whole process. If you just stop them, you could have 2-3 weeks of severe insomnia. And you don't want to exchange one sleeping tablet for another.
Of course, it is unfortunate that you started them in the first place. There is a right and a wrong way to use sleeping tablets. The wrong way is every night. The right way is just from time to time.
I suggest you get the right kind of help for this, which can be a difficult problem, and there is no "one size fits all" - the process has to be tailored for the individual.
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