Are You Sleeping at a Cost?

Today’s busy lifestyle and unhealthy habits lead to many problems. People, unaware about effects of day-to-day happenings fail to take care of their health and realize its importance when it’s already late. Are you one of them? People facing with sleeping problems like Insomnia often neglect small factors and end up with disastrous after-effects. Sleeping pills make you sleep, even if your brain can’t sleep but it does that at a cost!

People usually live a hectic lifestyle – whole-day work, late night parties, etc. Because of the modern way of living, people lose their body’s circadian rhythm. People live whole life of worries – how I’m going to propose her?, last deposit date of loan installment is coming, is boss going to fire me?, etc. And then, when they go to bed, they can’t sleep. People suffering from depression often wonder why is it? I think they should ask it to themselves.

You must understand that every minute thing does have a importance and an effect on your life. Of course, if your mind is full of worries and tension, then you can’t get a sound sleep. You need to rest and calm your mind, so that it can have some sleep and re-energize your body. A mind full of tension get along to the path of depression. Take care of everything before you go to bed (or at least, try to keep them away once you reach your bed), so that you can sleep without worrying about anything.

People suffering from Insomnia – loss of sleep – often take sleeping pills to get some rest. Doctors prescribe sleeping pills for these people. People think they have find solution to their problem and take pills to go to sleep. But they don’t imagine that they’re welcoming many more problems by consuming these pills. Sleeping pills do make you sleep, but it don’t come without a cost! Sleeping pills have short-term and long-term side-effects – many of them are fatal and dangerous.

What are Sleeping pills?

Sleeping pills are sedative and hypnotics. Sedatives are substances which lower excitement and calm the person without causing sleep, though some drowsiness can be present. Hypnotics are substances which induces and/or maintains sleep, similar to arousable sleep. More or less, both do the same job – to lower the functioning of central nervous system of your body.

Doctors prescribe sleeping pills to persons having a trauma, accident, surgery or is suffering from sleepless nights. The prescription can be anywhere from a mild relaxant to a powerful sleep aid. Though sleeping pills are overall dangerous, but to ensure least side-effects, you must take sleeping pills as your doctor told you and stop using it if needed – it’s the best way to fight problems caused by these pills.


Sleeping pills are addictive

One of the biggest side-effect of sleeping pills is that they’re highly addictive. After you start taking them, you slowly find that you can’t sleep without them. Addiction and dependency can be either physical or psychological. Either of the way, once you start using them, you can’t stop taking them without getting distressing symptoms of their withdrawal.

Truth is that sleeping pills are hypnotic-sedative drugs. Once you start taking them, you get habitual to them, slowly leading to addiction. Once addicted, you won’t be able to sleep without them. Often people fall for psychological addiction – they start thinking that they can only sleep if they take sleeping pills.

Regular intake of sleeping pills cause your body to adapt to it – then even you take sleeping pills, your body won’t get sleep due to it. To overcome this problem, you’ll have to increase the pills dosage. This continues on and on, until you cross the safe dosage line and become victim of many harmful side-effects of sleeping pills.

Short-term side-effects

Sleeping pills do have side-effects, like any other medication. If you notice any side-effect of sleeping pills on your body, you must contact your doctor and tell him the problem. Ignorance is the biggest enemy – never ignore even small problems like headache or drowsiness that come to you after starting to intake sleeping pills. It’s necessary for you to know about side-effects of sleeping pills so that if any problem arises then you can stop taking these pills and avoid a more serious health problem.

Here are some of the short-term side-effects of sleeping pills:

  • Change in Appetite
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry throat
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Uncontrollable shaking of any body part
  • Weakness
  • Unusual dreams
  • Diarrhoea
  • Burning or tingling in any body part

Other side-effects

Sleeping pills do have many more side-effects and long-lasting health problems which you must know before starting to rely on sleeping pills. Believe it or not, sleeping pills are no good for health. You must try some natural medications in place of sleeping pills. If you’re already using sleeping pills or in habit of it, then consult your doctor and ask some solution.

Here are some of the side-effects caused due to allergic reactions:

  • Chest pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of eyes, tongue, face, lips or throat
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Hives
  • Nausea
  • Hoarseness
  • Pounding heartbeat


One of the harmful effect of sleeping pills is Parasomnia. Parasomnias are behaviours and actions which is uncontrollable by you. Parasomnias may include sleep-walking, driving in sleep, sleep-eating, making phone calls in sleep, or having sex while not being awake. Though parasomnias are rare but they’re not easy to detect once you start relying on sleeping pills.


Sleeping pills are really harmful, if not taken as prescribed by the doctor. If you get any problems after starting using these pills, then you shouldn’t think it’s normal and you must contact your doctor immediately. Sleeping pills shouldn’t be used before/while swimming, driving, during pregnancy and if one has got sleep apnoea syndrome. And, you should never go for over-the-counter sold sleeping pills – you won’t know you’re taking a medicine or a drug or a poison – and you’ll be risking your health & your life. Try some other orthodox medications for your sleeping problems and avoid using sleeping pills as much as you can.

Tell us – what you do to have a sound sleep?

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