But should we take sleeping pills? What is the attitude of society towards pills? We can look at this issue through the eyes of three groups of people, each with different attitudes to taking drugs:
*No drugs at all—some people believe that the human body has a lot of inner resources and that drugs are unnatural and should not be used at all. Hence these people seek help purely from homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and so on.
*Drugs are the only cure—these people place extreme faith on modern medicine and drugs. Drugs will treat and cure every complaint from a sore toe to insomnia. They insist on using antibiotics for each and every cold.
*Drugs can be used appropriately—these people believe that there is a place for drugs, but that there are strict indications for the use of drugs.
Drugs should be used in appropriate situations and can be very effective. Without modern medicine, a lot of us would be dead already. Before penicillin was discovered by Fleming in 1928, people died helplessly from simple colds which turned into pneumonia. Unfortunately, even today, there are still people who believe that our bodies should fight pneumonia without drugs. Modern medicine has a definite place in making our lives much more comfortable, but it must be used wisely and appropriately. This applies to the management of insomnia.