Are Sleeping Pills a Good Idea?

by Keira Adams

We all need to get a good night’s sleep in order to function properly, and sleep is necessary for our general wellbeing. It stops us from feeling tired during the daytime, is vital for our mental health and plays its part in combating disease. On occasions when we are deprived of the right amount of sleep, everything about our normal daily routine changes.

In an effort to get some much needed sleep insomniacs often turn to sleeping pills. However, is this really the best solution to the problem? Here are a few advantages and drawbacks of taking sleeping pills.

Advantages

* Two of the main reasons for people being apprehensive about taking sleeping pills in the past were the possibility of overdose and the worry of a habit being formed. However, the sleeping pills of today are considerably less habit forming and the chances of a lethal overdose are much reduced.

* Each individual patient has different needs and there are many types of sleeping pills to choose from which will address such needs. Some pills simply help you to fall to sleep, some ensure you sleep soundly through the night and some will do both of these things for you. With all this choice you are sure to find a sleeping pill which works just right for you without experiencing any unwanted side effects.

* A common complaint of sleeping pill takers of the past is that the medication causes drowsiness during the following day. Not so with the newer sleeping pills on the market today.

Drawbacks

* Even though less risky than sleeping pills of the past, there are still some serious dangers associated with today’s sleeping pills. These risks vary depending on the drug being taken, but blurry vision, dizziness and interaction with other medications and alcohol may be experienced.

* In the past sleeping pills have been said to be the cause of drivers falling asleep at the wheel of the car and this is clearly a danger to both the person taking the drug and to others.

* More often than not sleeping pills induce a deep sleep, which may mean the person taking the medication does not wake up in the case of an emergency such as a house fire.

* As a long term solution, taking sleeping pills is not very often effective. They may well be great for occasional bouts of insomnia but they do not get to, nor treat, the root of the problem. Even though they are not habit forming by nature, it may be necessary to continue taking them to see an improvement in sleep patterns.

In conclusion, sleeping pills do help us to sleep better but should only be used as a last resort. There are many alternatives which do not cost any money at all and are definitely worth trying first. If they do actually work for you not only will they save you money but they will eliminate any risks too.

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