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Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills are classified as sedative hypnotics and commonly used as prescribed drugs to help people who suffer from insomnia and other disorders or to help with patients who suffer from extreme amounts of pain. The variety of sleeping pills are vast, but they all maintain similar effects. The drug works on the receptors in the brain to slow down the nervous system and ease the users into a sedated state of slumber. Some of the most used brands are Ambian and Sonata with common street names for sleeping pills are rohies, forget-me pills, R2, Mexican valium, rope and roofinol. 

Sleeping Pills

Signs & Symptoms

More than 500,000 people in the U.S. are currently on Ambien or some other sedative.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of addiction are varied from person to person depending on the level of abuse the user undergoes. Frequent abusers can suffer from cravings and withdrawal leading into former abusers relapsing back into abuse. Relapsing and frequent abuse can cause people to ignore social obligations for family, friends and love ones or even isolate themselves from the world. In the cases of isolation people will experience a loss off interest previously enjoyed activities and will fail to quit more than once. 

Abusers of the drug could also experience a variety of mental side effects such as mood swings and a need for larger doses as the body develops a resistance to the effects of the drug. Confusion and frequent detachments from reality are common side effects of sleeping pill abuse. In rare cases people can experience an increase in sleepwalking, which in severe cases can have the sleepwalker enter a vehicle and possibly bring harm to themselves and/or others. 

The mental effects sleeping pills can cause are many in number and severe in most cases.

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Sleeping Pills

Effects on the Body

While sleeping pills boast a high rate of normal users, others who abuse the drug may find the side effects to cause both physical and mental problems. Abusers may find themselves itching more frequently and other times the body can swell up in spots where they experienced the itching sensation. Among the aforementioned physical effects, a dry mouth is another cause of abuse a user can experience. 

The mental effects sleeping pills can cause are many in number and severe in most cases. Apart from some daytime pill cravings and drowsiness, more severe cases will find themselves having unusual dreams or developing a reliance on the drugs to function or fall asleep. In cases where the user becomes dependent on the drug, they will begin to need larger and larger doses due to an inability to experience the same effect from a similar previous dosage. Less severe cases can have the user experience some light headedness or difficulty maintaining their coordination due to dizzy spells. In the worst of cases an abuser will begin to develop a depressed breathing rate or even some memory loss.

In the rare cases of an overdose the effects will either be mild inconveniences or in the worst case, death. Overdosing on sleeping pills will more often than not cause a range of inconvenient effects to develop. For instance, abusers can experience forms of abdominal pain, appetite loss or constipation. Others may experience in increase in excessive lethargy or clumsy and drunk like behavior. Due to advancements in medical technology, sleeping pills are now significantly less likely to cause death due to an overdose, so in almost all cases of death, there are other drugs like depressants or alcohol that are mixed in with the sleeping pills to cause death.    

Sleeping Pills

National Statistics


of adults

adults experiencing some brief symptoms of insomnia



uses the drugs for a year or more


of people

 are currently on Ambien or some other sedative.

Sleeping Pills

Effects on America

In the U.S. there are many people who are prescribed sleeping pills, with 30-35% of adults experiencing some brief symptoms of insomnia. With 4% of adults aged 20 and up it’s easy to see how many get their hands on sleeping pills, whether it be for recreational or intended use. Within the percentage of adults, women are more likely to use the pills between the two sexes. As a person’s age and level of education rises, so does their likelihood of being on some sort of sleep aid. In 2015, the Consumer Reports conducted a survey on people who had been using sleep medications. 18% of survey takers said that they used the pills on a daily basis while 41% admitted to using the drugs for a year or more. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are currently on Ambien or some other sedative.







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