Are Sleeping Pills a Risk?

 These days sleeping pills are one of the most consumed pills across the world. Multiple research has suggested that when an individual starts to take sleeping pills for many days in a row, he or she risks their life. 

It is strongly believed that sleeping pill use is associated with early death. It is estimated that people who took sleeping pills died 4.6 times more often than patients who do not use sleeping pills. 

Sleeping Pills Found To Have High Risk

  • Temazepam
  • Lormetazepam
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Nitrazepam
  • Trazodona
  • Ambien
  • Diazepam  

In fact, some studies say that sleeping pills could also lead to the development of cancer. Although there is no evidence, multiple researchers suggests the correlation between sleeping pill use and cancer.

Evidence suggests that sleeping pills has a negative impact on the brain.

Sleeping pills can affect the functioning of the brain and can significantly impair the thinking and other processes of the brain. Sleeping pills cause a hangover. Thus it is /highly responsible for the reduction in the activity of brain cells, not only at night but+-+ also during the daytime.

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Most often, people who use sleeping pills experience daytime dizziness and the primary cause of it is that the chemicals or the substances of sleeping pills remain in the blood. The effects of these substance remain during the daytime. As a result, it makes a person sleepy, confused, less alert, and lack of concentration during the daytime.  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had issued a warning sign that the insomnia drug Lunesta (eszopiclone) can cause next-day impairment of driving and other activities that require alertness. As a result, they decreased the recommended starting dose of Lunesta.

Research also suggests that accidental overdose is one of the most common cause of deaths due to sleeping pills. Dependence, excessive sleepiness, headache, and dizziness are some of the common side effects of sleeping pills.

Sleeping pills are also associated an increased disability in an individual

There are many medicines that are associated with increased disability in an individual. One of such medicines are sleeping pills. Sleeping pills have many side effects on the health of an individual and it can significantly increase disability in an individual. Some of the common side effects of using sleeping pills are as follows:

1. Constipation

Constipation is a condition in which an individual experiences problems with the bowel movement which is characterized by a small amount of dry and hard bowel movements, generally fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Constipation is accompanied by other symptoms such as feeling of bloating, abdominal pain, and pain in between the chest and hips. Constipation can be acute or chronic, depending on the cause of it. 

There are many causes of constipation, using sleeping pills is one of the causes. Sleeping pills does not only affect the brain, but it can affect the digestive system as well. It can take off the balance of the digestive system and causes symptoms that are associated with problems in the bowel movements.

2. Hallucinations

Hallucination is a problem of senses. Hallucination involves all the senses in the body – hear, see, smell, taste, and touch.  It is a medical problem in which an individual falsely believe on things. People suffering from hallucination see or listen things that are actually not present.

Hallucination can be a cause of many things, it can also be a side effect of a drug. There are many drugs that are known to cause hallucinations, including drugs used as sleeping pills. There are many different types of hallucinations, visual hallucination is the most common hallucination type associated with sleeping pills.

3. Xerostomia

Xerostomia is a medical term used for dry mouth. Dry mouth is an oral health problem which is characterized by the lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva plays many important roles and prevents the development of various oral problems. Dry mouth occurs when salivary gland fails to produce saliva. 

Dry mouth is accompanied by various symptoms such as mouth sores, burning and tingling sensation in the mouth, excessive thirst, and sticky feeling in mouth. 

While there are many causes of dry mouth, there are over a thousand commonly consumed drugs that have dry mouth as its common side effects. Multiple sleeping pills are also some of such drugs that cause dry mouth. Many sleeping pills are known to decrease the secretions of many organs in the body including salivary glands.

4. Somnambulism

Somnambulism, commonly known as sleep walking is one of the most common sleep disorder. It is characterized by a condition in which a person gets out of the bed, moves around the house, but during sleep. Many people across the world suffer from this sleep disorder. Although its rare, research have suggested that it can be a cause of sleeping pills or other medications. Sometimes, it can be a side effect of some medications.


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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.