Information on Sleeping Pills
There are a large number of people worldwide who suffer from
poor sleep and insomnia. Most of them use sleeping pills in order to catch some
precious sleep. A sleeping pill is a
good solution when it comes to short term sleep problems. One should be
informed well before taking any sleeping pills, because they may also be responsible
for certain side effects as well.
One of the main misconceptions amongst most
people is that sleeping pills increase the sleep enough so that a person may
feel more energetic the next day. There are also those who believe that
sleeping pills help in improving the overall health. Most sleeping pills fit
into the class of drugs commonly referred to as sedative hypnotics and they are
usually barbiturates or benzodiazepines. Most popular benzodiazepines like
Xanax, Librium, Ativan and
Valium are medications that are efficient in
increasing drowsiness and relieving the symptoms of anxiety. Those are very
useful but they are also very addictive at the same time.
Barbiturates are efficient in depressing the central nervous system and inducing sedation. These types of medications can also be used as anesthetics in some cases. Lunesta, Ambien, and Sonata reduce the time required to fall asleep and do not form any habits. Other popular medications include Halcion and Rozerem.
Side Effects of Sleeping Pills
All medications can sometimes be affiliated with certain
side effects. The intensity and severity of side effects triggered by a
specific medicament is always individual and they cannot be predicted. These
who suffer from certain serious medical conditions such as asthma or COPD
should avoid using sleeping pills.
The most common side effects of different
types of sleeping pills may or may not include burning sensations in the arms
and legs, weakness, tingling sensations in the arms and legs, unusual dreams,
changes in appetite, uncontrollable shaking of certain body parts,
constipation, stomach tenderness, diarrhea, stomach pain, difficulty keeping
balance, heartburn, dizziness, headache, intestinal gas, drowsiness, dry throat
and dry mouth. There are certain types of sleeping pills which may sometimes be
affiliated with potentially harmful and more serious side effects such as
Parasomnias are medical conditions in which the patient does not have any control over actions and behaviors and the most common symptom is sleepwalking. These complex behaviors may include serious symptoms such as sleep eating or sleep driving. Complex sleep behaviors are usually connected to a dosage which is significantly increased.