An American poll taken by the National Sleep Foundation in 2002 found that more than 70 percent of adults are known to experience sleeping problems at least a couple of nights during the week. Also the poll disclosed that a little over 36 percent suffered from day time restlessness. Due to these problems many adults are trying over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs or herbal sleep aid supplements. These sleep aides are recognized to have many side effects. One side effect that concerns adults the most are the sexual side effects.
Most of the prescription drugs adults take are Ambien, Lunesta and Rozerem. One of the side effects many experience is parasomnia. When a person is in a state of parasomnia they can initiate or perform sexual acts without being consciously aware of it. When using a prescription drug it can also decrease your normal inhibitions causing you to agree to sexual advances you any not consent to otherwise, try alternative sexual activities that you would on no account attempt or be sexually aggressive.
Diphenydramine and Doxylamine are two active ingredients in over-the-counter medications. Diphenydramine is found in Tylenol PM, Sominex and Benadryl. Doxylamine is in Unisom. Diphenydramine blocks histamine in your brain and causes you to become drowsy enough to put you to sleep. There are few know sexual side effects with over-the-counter sleep aides. Over-the-counter medications can in veritably decrease your sexual desire which in turn is totally the opposite sexual side effect than with prescription drugs.
Melatonin is the number one herbal sleep aid supplement. Melatonin doesn't have the side effects or the addictive properties like prescription drugs, therefore you won't fall sleep fast. Melatonin is produced by our body's pineal gland and helps with a person's sleep cycle. When a person is suffering from insomnia, they may not be producing enough Melatonin. This could be from stress, natural levels fall as we age or the simple fact that we have too much light in our bedroom which stagnates our body's ability to produce enough Melatonin to fall asleep. Melatonin is the only reported supplement that has shown to increase a person's sexual vitality, but there are no accounts of parasomnia or loss of sexual inhibitions.
Remember that sexual side effects can occur with sleep aids especially with prescription drugs. It is never advisably to mix sleep aids with alcohol and always take the prescribed dosage. If you experience any of these sexual side effects you should consult with your physician as he may prescribe an alternative medication or recommend further testing to determine that your insomnia is not caused by sleep apnea.
Warning: Recent reports have suggested that many sleep aides, like Ambien for instance, have a high potential for misuse. Ambien is widely used by teens and has street names such as; A-Minus, zombie pills or tic-tacs. Ambien can be lethal when mixed with alcohol and has supposedly been used as the new date rape drug.