Many of us have at one time or another taken sleeping pills to help us get to bed. From Jet Lag to Insomnia to getting our sleeping patterns back in sync due to our lifestyle and poor sleep hygiene. With the mobile device chained to our hands, that little screen aggravates our sleeping patterns further.

Researchers have found that the brain has a sleep cycle and wake cycle. When one is turned on the other is turned off. Insomnia is a problem with either one of these cycles. And taking sleeping pills isn’t the answer. It helps short term, but you are not fixing the problem. Medical reasons for insomnia can be mild to serious, and one should always seek medical advice instead of popping a pill.

So what’s a sleeping pill?

For the most sleeping pills are classified under sedative hypnotics. It’s a particular class of drugs used to induce or maintain sleep.

You won’t know the Side effects of sleeping pills until you try them. As there are many types of prescription drugs used to help you sleep better. And their side effects differ.

But here are some things to look out for are:

  • Burning or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Severe Face Swelling
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Losing your balance
  • Dizziness or Drowsiness in the day
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Impairment the next day
  • Memory issues
  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Unusual dreams
  • Weakness

One should always stop taking medication immediately if adverse side effects occur and consult a doctor. As some effects could be signs of a severe allergic reaction.

To make matters worse, you could become dependent on sleeping pills just to get to bed. Over a period of prolonged use, your body will build a tolerance to the prescribed drug, and you will likely need either a higher dose or a strong medication just to get you to bed.

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