Certain issues and sleeping disorders, like falling asleep or staying asleep, make people overly rely on several types of sedative-hypnotic medications also known as sleeping pills. These pills are not only sold over the counter but are also purposefully prescribed by doctors to help their patients who experience difficulty related to their sleep. 

The Centers for Disease and Prevention produced a health survey that stated, most sleep aids are used by women (5.0%) as compared to men (3.1%). The study also suggested that the percentage of adults using sleep aids increases with age. In the U.S, one in eight adults is diagnosed with sleeping disorders whereas one in six adults is reported to use sleep aids for their issue. 

Sleeping Pills and Their Side Effects

Normally, there are three types of sedative and hypnotics medications that are used for the treatment of insomnia. These include:

  1. Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata having non benzodiazepine hypnotics
  2. Ativan, Halcion, Restoril having benzodiazepine
  3. Seconal includes barbiturates 

Some other types of medications used for sleeping issues and disorders include:

  1. Unisom and Benadryl, sell over the counter as sleep aids
  2. Trazodone, considered as an anti-stress sleep aid.
  3. Rozerem, is a melatonin receptor used for sleep issues. 

Sleeping aids, when prescribed, are helpful for short-term effects. However, the over usage of these pills combined with other forms of drugs or alcohol is extremely harmful that leads to serious side effects. These side effects include abdominal pain, breathing problems, constipation, clumsiness, extreme inactiveness, and so on. 

It is considered that the effects become more harmful when combined with alcohol. This means that an individual can experience a slower heart rate and breathing problems along with intense drowsiness. It also leads to memory loss, unusual behavior as well as low blood pressure.  

Moreover, in worst-case scenarios, an overdose of sleeping pills can also lead to impaired motor skills and death. 

Side Effects Of Mixing Sleeping Pills With Alcohol

There are so many types of sleeping pills that differ with each other and have contrasting side effects if taken with alcohol, with some of them being more harmful and dangerous than others.  

By doctors and pharmacists, it is strictly advised to not mix sleeping pills with alcohol as it increases sedating effects, injurious to both mental and physical health. Drinking a single glass of alcoholic beverage with sleeping pills can be overwhelmingly dangerous as it not only leads to over-sedation, dizziness, breathing problems but also to unusual effects that can even lead forever such as memory loss.  

Also, taking sleeping pills and alcohol before driving or going out of the house is illegal in some parts of the world. The reason is, an individual can become aggressive and can attack other innocent people. 

Although, some people experience sleeping disorders and alcohol abuse separately. But, most of them self-medicate themselves with the use of alcohol to treat their sleeping issues and insomnia which later leads to serious problems and dangerous suffering. 

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