When physiological or psychological symptoms cause a person to be unable to sleep they can experience a wide range of desperately uncomfortable symptoms. The craving for sleep is as powerful as any human need. Individuals who suffer with insomnia will often become desperate and may do very harmful things in order to get some sleep. From alcohol or sleeping pills to opiates like heroin or morphine, substance abuse is extremely common among people with insomnia. Ultimately this kind of drug use always makes these issues much worse.
Morphine, a distillate of opium, is named after the ancient god of sleep, Morpheus. It has been used as a painkiller following injury or surgery for nearly 200 years. It gives users a sleepy, euphoric feeling as it binds to pain signal receptors in the brain. An individual suffering from insomnia may be extremely tempted by this drug for several reasons:
The sleep that morphine provides, however, is not healthy sleep. The brain is often unable to move through the different levels of sleep, and the necessary changes in brain chemistry that sleep provides are reduced or eliminated. It is highly possible that a person suffering from severe insomnia, who takes morphine to help them fall asleep, will awaken as soon as the drug wears off and will not feel rested at all. This can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and even panic.
Another troubling side effect of morphine is that millions of users have described terrifying, confusing or downright bizarre dreams while on the drug. Individuals using morphine as a sleep drug may experience night terrors, or may walk, talk, move around and even operate a car while asleep. Some morphine dreams are so intense and terrifying that people have done harm to themselves while unconscious.
In addition to morphine dreams and a lack of quality sleep, there are several other serious health risks associated with this drug, including the following:
If you are struggling with insomnia and have turned to substances like morphine for help sleeping please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. Our counselors can answer all of your questions and are able to connect you with programs that can and will help you all aspects of this troubling disorder. Don’t spend another painful night tossing and turning, or move any further down the path of addiction. Call now and let us help.