The Sleep Disorders Health Center of WebMD reports on Understanding the Side Effects of Sleeping Pills…
Between one third and one half of all Americans have insomnia and complain of poor sleep. Many people take sleeping pills to deal with this issue.
Sleeping pills can seem like a good short-term solution but they have harmful side-effects.
Sleeping pills are classed as “sedative hypnotics” – drugs used to induce and/or maintain sleep. Sedative hypnotics include benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and various hypnotics.
Benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Librium are anti-anxiety medications. They also increase drowsiness and help people sleep. All benzodiazepines are potentially addictive.