According to the webpage MedlinePlus, these medications accustom the body to its effects too easily.
Sleeping pills are prescribed when patients cannot fall asleep naturally, which lowers the performance of their daily activities. Dr. Mehmet Oz’s blog explains that this can be caused by depression, high levels of stress, too much caffeine or by consuming certain medications.
The side effects of not being able to sleep can range from drowsiness, dizziness during the day, confusion, memory problems or difficulties maintaining your balance.
These pills are therefore generally prescribed along with treatments for improving one’s quality of sleep such as consuming foods like milk, almonds or honey, and going to bed later than usual. As MedlinePlus explains, these are tactics to avoid having to take the medication every night.
Treatment is not long term
“These drugs can be very helpful for short-term use; that’s their intended purpose. But with long-term use, they are more likely to cause side effects and to alter how you sleep,” states Dr. Anne Fabina from Harvard Women’s Health Watch.
She adds that to regulate one’s sleep, it is best to reduce their use to two weeks. This will prevent the body from developing a habit or dependency on the pills. If you continue to have problems, see your physician to discuss other options.