Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

All kinds of drugs would give you relief and will aid you according to what you need to ease the pain or whatever concerns you feel in your body but its most likely that you will experience side effects from taking certain medications. So before taking any supplement or drug, you should be taking it as prescribed under the guidance of a physician in order to be well aware of the potential side-effects of taking such medicine. Doing so will help prevent misuse of any drug.

There are a lot of available sleeping pills today in the market, and demands are constantly increasing because people tend to be overworked and sleep is the only reward that they want to earn after every end of the shift. Over-the-counter sedatives have become alarming too especially when a person who is having sleep troubles buys sleeping pills on a regular basis in order to get their much-needed sleep. There have been reports suggesting that there are potential risks of taking sleeping-pills if they do not use it in a proper way. It is necessary to follow the doctor’s prescription and take it strictly as prescribed so that you will know everything about the type of sleeping pill you are going to take and also understanding the possible side effects that might occur while taking such supplements – organic or not.

There are some sleeping aids medications that could make you feel lethargic after waking up instead of getting more energized. These include antihistamines – the ones being used to treat allergies and could also serve as sleeping aids especially if a person is having trouble with sleeping because of their current conditions involving dust allergies as well as dust bite mites coming from the beddings, carpeting and furniture of our homes that could usually manifest as simple sneezing, colds or cough. Another is hypnotic medications that are usually prescribed for people suffering from insomnia.

In some cases, older adults that use sleeping pills is more likely to develop dementia or having trouble in recalling memory. This may cause them to experience trouble with focus at work and low-performance which could lead into stress. A total of 32% of males suffer from insomnia, while 68% are females – which is usual for older adults ages 38 years old and up for females that are experiencing mental and health issues. As you get older, you are more likely to suffer from psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, and work-related problems which lead to poor performance, vehicular accidents and poverty. 

These are common side-effects of taking sedatives or sleeping pills: 

  • Sleepiness at work, or at daytime
  • Feeling doubt such as, being slow analyzing
  • Dementia or having trouble of recalling things
  • Vertigo or Presyncope feeling light-headed
  • Mood disturbances
  • Body Malaise or weakness
  • Nausea

Antidepressants with a sedating effect

Sometimes prescription drugs that are used mainly to treat depression may also ease insomnia when taken in lower doses. Although widely used, these are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating insomnia. When insomnia is secondary to depression or anxiety, antidepressants may improve both conditions at the same time.

Examples include:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Mirtazapine (Remeron)
  • Trazodone

Depression Medications

These depression medications have a sedating effect and are mainly used for people suffering from insomnia to calm themselves and eventually cause them to fall asleep. This is commonly prescribed by psychiatrists and sleep-specialists to treat similar problems. But, despite its rampant use, there are still accompanying dangers in taking these kinds of drug. 

Side Effects of Antidepressants with a Sedating Effect

Antidepressants that have a sedating effect may include side effects such as:

  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Prolonged drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Weight gain
  • Daytime memory and performance problems
  • Constipation

Herbal Supplements such as Valerian Root

Even the so-called organic products that are sold in supplements or used as herbal medicine for sleeping aids still cause adverse drawbacks when taken on a regular basis causing a wide variety of symptoms such as; headaches, dizziness during day time work, skin itch, and other gastrointestinal problems. Some of these side effects were reportedly observed in people taking valerian roots. Some of the common day-time symptoms you may also feel after it are feeling of weakness and sleepiness. In addition, after prolonged usage of valerian root, withdrawal symptoms may begin the day the consumption of it is stopped. It causes similar effects when taking benzodiazepines.