Sleep Medications 1

Monday, January 27, 2014

How you feel during your waking hours depends somewhat on how well you sleep. Some people turn to sleep medications to help them get a good nights rest. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these sleeping aids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A sleeping pill may be effective at ending your sleep problems short-term. But its important to make sure you understand everything you need to know about sleeping pills, including side effects.

Relying on a sleep medication generally isnt the best long-term solution for insomnia. Medications can mask an underlying problem that needs treatment. They can also cause side effects.

Some sleeping pills have potentially harmful side effects, including parasomnias. Parasomnias are behaviors and actions over which you have no control, like sleepwalking.

Mixing alcohol and sleeping pills can be extremely hazardous. The combination increases the sedative effect of sleeping pills, and that can be fatal.

For short-term insomnia, your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills for several weeks. The best way to avoid developing a physical or emotional dependence on sleeping pills is to follow your doctors instructions and stop taking the drug when recommended.

Sleep medications can be useful in the short term but the best approach is to address whatevers causing your sleep problems in the first place.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.