Side Effects of Sleeping Pills
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Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

Side effects of Sleeping Pills

Most of us today live a very hectic life as a result of which our circadian rhythm is thrown off-track. For this reason, we can not be able to sleep when it's time for most people to go to bed, or we are too stressed out to fall into sleep that we toss and turn to worry, perhaps about loans that are still unclear.

The quick solution is the sleeping pill, but excessive use can make a person develop many side effects. Another fear is that these pills are very addictive. Over time without sleeping pills you may not be able to sleep. With these pills come all the adverse effects associated with addiction.

Learn more about the harmful effects of sleeping pills in this article.

Harmful effects of Sleeping Pills

Appetite changes

One of the biggest impacts of the use of sleeping pills is the change in appetite. This is simply because the disruption of circadian rhythm and sleep induced cause changes in all metabolic functions, which includes your appetite.

Drug Dependency

At the end of the day sleeping pill is nothing but a hypnotic-sedative drug. And like all drugs, too much consumption of pills for sleep can lead to addictions and unhealthy emotional or physical dependence.

Insomnia & Parasomnia

Insomnia is simply lack of sleep. While the occasional use of sleeping pills can relieve your problems in the short term, repeated use over the long term can lead to the development of tolerance to the pill; which means that you are back to square one - unable to sleep.

Parasomnia is a sleep disorder, where the person displays unusual behavior during sleeping, such as eating, sleep driving, having sex in a state of sleep or maybe even make phone calls even when you are in a deep sleep. Although insomnia is common and easy to detect, the parasomnia is rare and difficult to identify.

Effects on Asthmatic patients

Since sleeping pills may make you breathe slowly and deeply, it is not usually prescribed to patients with asthma or people suffering from respiratory problems. Needless to say, if this pill is recommended to patients with asthma, it could mean certain death.


There is a direct correlation between cancer incidence and steady intake of sleeping pills. This is a recent thesis in the medical community and now, very little is known with certainty. While the medical community is still divided on this issue, it is best to avoid sleeping pills altogether.

Can cause Death

The mixture of alcohol with sleeping pills is a deadly combination and sometimes fatal. Also, drinking grapefruit juice consumption simultaneously with pill can cause death and should always be avoided.

Other side effects include

  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Indigestion
  • Headache
  • Hangover
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of physical balance
  • Change in libido or menstrual cycle
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Uncontrollable shaking of body parts
  • Heartburn.

Additional advice

It is best to avoid buying over the counter sleeping pills, you may not be aware of their side effects on you.

It is advisable to take sleeping pills only under medical advice.

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Comments (2)

thanks for informing us. you have done a great service actually. +1 it. out of votes, will come back.

Good subject choice and well written. Too many people take these without trying anything else first.