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Common Sleep Aid Side Effects

By Edited Oct 1, 2016 0 1

Everyone experiences difficulty sleeping from time to time. This makes a lot of sense when you consider the amount of stress that we're under today. Worrying about things like bills, love and family can make it really difficult to get some rest at night. There are other causes of insomnia as well. Traveling can be quite trying on our sleep habits. If you've ever flown across multiple time zones, I'm sure you'll agree with me. It's genuinely difficult to sleep after a long haul flight. Injury is another common cause of short term insomnia. Have you ever tried to sleep with a cast on? It sucks!

Sleep aid medications have their place in the world. They should not, however, be used whenever you can't sleep. In certain situations, like the ones we discussed above, they can be used to deal with mild insomnia. There is a negative side to these types of drugs though. In this article, we'll look at common sleep aid side effects that most people experience. Keep in mind, as you read through the following text, that I am not a doctor of any kind. There is a lot of great information on the Internet but nothing can replace a doctor's opinion.

Before we get into the side effects of sleep aids, let's consider a few major disadvantages of using products like Lunesta and Sominex to help you sleep. The biggest issue that always comes up is dependency. Sleeping aids should be used with the long term goal of getting off of them completely. Some unfortunate men and women medicated for sleep get to a point where they are unable to get any shut eye without the use of some kind of a drug. Dependency goes hand in hand with tolerance as well. If you find that you need more and more pills to get the same amount of sleepiness, chances are you have a problem.

Sleep aid side effects vary depending on the type of drug you're on. Prescription sleep aids generally have more serious side effects than over the counter sleeping medications. Most people complain of drowsiness when starting a new sleeping med. If this drowsiness only occurs at night, this isn't a big deal. After all, anything that makes you want to sleep is a good thing! If this drowsy feeling continues into the next day, however, it can really affect your work and home life. Constipation and dry mouth are other common side effects associated with sleeping meds. Generally speaking, though, minor symptoms such as these do go away with continued use.

When considering a sleep aid medication that's right for you, make sure that you also look into the potential side effects associated with it. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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Sep 29, 2010 8:04pm
mcimicata
What a great article! Amazing job writing this, and you should definitely write a ton that are just as amazing as this one!
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