Malin Andersson on sleeping pill addiction: I took them to numb the pain

Former Love Island star Malin Andersson revealed she used to suffer a sleeping pill addiction, telling her followers she "enjoyed the feeling of being drowsy" but mainly took them to "numb the pain."

In a candid series of Instagram Stories, Malin said: "Really random, but I've been struggling to sleep as of late, mainly night feeds lol.

"I used to be addicted to sleeping pills back in the day. Going to do a post on it and the dangers of it, but why I was addicted. Why I enjoyed the feeling of being drowsy – but mainly why I took it to numb the pain."

Next to a box where followers can submit their comments, the 29 year old added: "Has anyone else got a story similar to share?"

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The star, who is mum to three month old daughter Xaya, then followed up the Story with a secondary post saying: "Trauma is linked heavily with addiction and reliance.

"I would like to know why you think you may have been addicted."

The star suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her former boyfriend Tom Kemp and he was subsequently jailed for 10 months in September 2020 after admitting actual bodily harm. She regularly shares posts about the abuse she endured n a quest to help others.

And continuing her honest Instagram spree this week, the star told fans she has been inundated with thousands of messages from her followers, many had similar stories of addictions to Malin.

"Oh my. I have no words. Up doing a night feed – Reading through the responses. I have thousands. All similar – so many prescription medicines being used in a way to numb trauma. "

The inspirational star added: "Why has this not been looked into properly or spoken about?

Finishing her lengthy post, she said: "By numbing the wound – we are only suppressing what the universe wants us to heal from."

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