sleeping pillsIt is estimated that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders and that 6-10% use sleeping pills and other natural remedies for insomnia.  However many people may not realize, that those who take sleeping pills, even in small quantities, quadruple their chances of dying.  Although sleeping pills can be effective at ending sleep problems short term, they can also lead to a premature death.

What are sleeping pills?
A sleeping pill is a drug used to induce sleep.  The most common sleeping pills subscribed to patients include Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, Restoril,, and barbiturates.  Sleeping pills can be obtained over-the counter or prescribed by a physician.

Why are sleeping pills prescribed?
The most common reason for using sleeping pills is because a person suffers from insomnia-the inability to get to sleep.  There are many reasons for insomnia including stress, emotional conditions or recovering from a medical procedure.  People who work unusual shifts, or who travel across time zones are often prescribed sleeping pills to help regulate sleeping patterns.

What are the side effects of sleeping pills?
Almost all sleeping pills have some side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, blurred vision and dry mouth and throat.  More serious side …