Promoting healthy habits in patients with insomnia as part of preventive strategies against benzodiazepine misuse.

In the case of individuals with sleep pattern disturbances, self-care measures and health education strategies should be recommended by nursing professionals when attending to this population. These measures aim to address altered sleep patterns and prevent prolonged benzodiazepine use, which may be associated with such situations, thereby avoiding potential risks such as tolerance and dependency, among other adverse effects.

Therefore, it would be advisable to inquire about possible causes behind the described disturbances, such as poor sleep hygiene, stress, consumption of stimulants like energy drinks, or certain life stages such as menopause.

Health education should be provided regarding the practice of relaxation techniques, physical exercise, and nutrition, depending on the individual cases, with periodic reevaluation to adjust the care plan accordingly.

Bibliography: Lligoña Garreta A, Álvarez Mazariegos J, Guardia Serecigni J, Flórez Menéndez G, García Medina P, Gasull Molinera V, et al. Guía de consenso para el buen uso de benzodiacepinas: Gestión de riesgos y beneficios. Socidrogalcohol; 2019.


Prescription and nonprescription sedatives

Preventive intervention level



Primary Care, Hospital, Specialized care, Addiction treatment centers, Community settings



Age range



anamnesis, anxiety, Community, depression, Hospital care, insomnia, misuse, patient, primary care, risk factors, screening, Social factors

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