Over the counter sleep aids are a lot like war...easy to get started but tough to stop.
And one thing's for sure...Americans can't stop taking these often dangerous sleep drugs.
The main non prescription sleeping medications are Unisom, Benadryl, Sominex, Sleepinal, Nytol, Tylenol PM, Advil PM, Nyquil, Motrin, and other store-name brands.
Adults and children (12 and over, if you read the warning labels from the drug companies) are downing over the counter sleep aids (otc sleep aids) like they're candy.
To the tune of $100 million or more per year in sales for the pharmaceutical companies.
The point is not whether these over the counter sleep aids knock you out enough so you can get some sleep—and for some people, they do not.
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Over the counter sleeping pills are strictly for once in a blue moon use...for a couple of days or so.
Perhaps those occasional times when you have a short-term illness. A pulled muscle or backache that causes insomnia. Or those tragic moments in life where we lose a loved one and are overcome with grief.
I've been there and you probably have been too.
That said, if you take them long term...longer than a week—two weeks maximum...you are risking your health.
Including possible brain damage (see below for my article on OTC sleep aids and brain damage).
You may also be addicted. If not physically, then psychologically.
If you need one of these over the counter sleep aids to get to sleep every night—or just two or three times a week, week after week—you've got a medical problem.
You need to see your doctor to get it resolved.
The real issue here is why do you need these drugs to sleep? Why aren't you tackling the root causes of insomnia you are dealing with?
And if you think you're getting refreshing, healthy sleep when you're on these drugs, you're living in a dream world.
When you take otc sleep aids, you're not really sleeping. You're not getting into the deep, restorative sleep that is necessary for vibrant health.
You've merely conked yourself out with a drug and your eyes are closed. It's the difference between swimming on top of the water versus diving deep in the ocean where the real life and exciting action is.
By the way, the active ingredients in otc sleep aids are either diphenhydramine HCL (it's pronounced dye fen HYE' dra meen), diphenhydramine citrate, or doxylamine succinate (pronounced doc SIL' a meen SUCK' si nate). These are all antihistamines.
Sometimes they also contain pain killers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Did you know that acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide, according to MedlinePlus?
No pun intended. This is serious business here.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Gee, I hope there are no long-term effects from using these over the counter sleeping pills every week. Does anybody know if there are?”
Could very well be. Again, you should see my article below on otc sleep aids about dementia and brain damage. Researchers have some shocking information for you about that.
While you're worrying about long-term effects, how about the following:
People are popping pills day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year of daily or almost daily swallowing of these over the counter sleep aids that can cause the following bad side effects: