Sleep-inducing medicines, popularly
known as sleeping pills, have a reputation of helping people get some peace and quiet at night. Sleep
deprivation is such a difficult condition to have since it literally zaps a person's energy to do the more
important things in life, at work and at home. Specifically, it is used by chronic insomniacs who desperately
need to get that well-deserved rest.
Insomniacs often flip over the hundreds
of cable channels each night hoping to get tired enough to sleep. For them, it does not matter if they sleep in
from of the t.v. as long as they do get to sleep eventually. But t.v. surfing loses its effectiveness after a
few nights, leaving the insomniac up and awake the whole night, and, yes, bone-weary the next morning.
Manic workloads, job-related stresses,
and the ever-toxic idea of work itself leaves a person with no other option but to trust the “fast” relief.
Studies show that people who are prone to stress and other everyday worries are the ones who would most likely
resort to the use of sleeping pills. Other studies, however, also show that long-term use of sleeping pills
could cause unwanted side effects or health problems. People who often take refuge or rely mostly on these
sedatives are more prone to negative effects and even life-threatening situations as:
Studies prove that continuous use of
sleeping pills can reduce brain cell activity, affect short-memory term and cause hang-overs. The aftermath of
taking these sedatives may seem manageable, but in the long run, these effects may escalate into more serious
problems such us forgetfulness and lack of focus. Also, it's a bad thing to forget certain work errands just
because of sleeping pills.
Just like how the body forms its
natural defence through the production of antibodies, the body may also develop an immunity to the drug. The
frequent intake of a certain drug would lessen the potency of the active ingredients. Eventually, the user would
have to take higher doses of the drug, and be open to the risk of developing a drug dependence or addiction.
Sleeping pill addiction is, in fact, fast becoming a common health concern.
People who use sleeping pills have
undeniably higher mortality rates than those who don't. Sleep apnoea patients are advised to refrain from taking
sleep-inducing pills. As sedatives, sleeping pills tend to lengthen the pauses in breathing when one is
asleep. This situation can jeopardize the health of people with
sleep apnoea. Every year, many cases of death are attributed to the effects of these drugs.
As the saying goes, we can buy
luxurious bed but we can never purchase a good night's sleep. This proverbial statement just proves that many
people are really struggling to board another express train to Dreamland. And the struggle goes on. For some
people, a good night's sleep is like a rare commodity. The artificial inducement of sleep may be necessary but
caution must always be exercised to prevent sleeping pill overdose. Getting some “shut-eye” with the help of a
pill or two need not lead to the sleep of death.