Classified as sedative hypnotics, these are drugs used to induce and maintain sleep. These include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and other hypnotics.
Barbiturates depress the nervous system, causing sedation. It can be prescribed as sleeping pill or sedative, but its use is limited to anesthesia as an overdose could prove fatal.
Benzodiazepines, another drug in the sedative-hypnotic class, increases drowsiness, helping people sleep. These may be useful but eventually, users can get addicted to these drugs, which causes problems with attention and memory. Thus, these pills and drugs aren’t recommended as a long-term solution or treatment of sleeping troubles.
As sleeping pills interfere with normal breathing, these can be dangerous for people suffering from chronic lung problems such as emphysema, different forms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or asthma.
A few common side effects of sleeping pills are-
There may be some sleeping pills that have pretty harmful side effects, including parasomnias where you are in no control of your behavior, movement and actions. Thus, it is advised that you follow your doctor’s prescription only. Mixing alcohol with sleeping pills is a big no! It can cause sedating effects and can cause a person to stop breathing, leading to death.
Yes, some people experience an allergic reaction to sleeping pills. If you notice any of these signs, then you must immediately talk to your doctor about it:
Those who are addicted to their sleep medication might show these symptoms-
Many people experience rebound insomnia, wherein sleeping issues become worse once you stop taking the drug. Rebound insomnia might also cause disturbing, bizarre dreams that can lead to increased anxiety and panic attacks post waking up. Rebound insomnia is a withdrawal symptom, thus you shouldn’t continue using these pills because this is the most common cause of a relapse for those who are trying to recover.
If you want to quit sleeping pills, you cannot just do that out of the blue as it is essential to have an adjustment period, most of the times. You need to consult your doctor about this first and then follow his instructions.
It is not easy to become independent of sleeping pills, but it isn’t impossible either. It takes determination and commitment, and a little bit of effort from your side. Also, if sleep related issues are bothering you, consider getting in touch with a doctor without further delay.
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