Can You Overdose On Sleeping Pills?

Getting sufficient and consistent sleep is a significant aspect of staying healthy. Lack of sleep can negatively affect an individual’s life. In a study done by Statista, around 67 percent of U.S. adults rate their last sleep as excellent and 33 percent stated it was fair or poor. 

Many people struggle to sleep at night. Maybe it is due to stress or just age which can result in restless nights. These individuals turn to prescribed sleeping pills to help solve this issue. However, with these pills come many risks and some people are unaware of those risks. Those risks can result in an overdose and even lead to death. 

If you struggle to sleep as well and have abused sleeping pills, Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center in Missouri can help. 

What Are Sleeping Pills? 

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Sleeping pills are prescribed medication used to cure short-term sleeping issues by helping the individual stay asleep or putting them to sleep. It usually makes the individual feel drowsy and relaxed. But people often misuse the pills and begin to believe that they cannot sleep without them. 

When taken at high doses sleeping pills can become addictive and create a drowsy effect which can lead to addiction. Sometimes even the stress of work and obligations that a person has in their lives can cause them to turn to sleeping pills because they lack sleep but using it too much can lead them down a dark path. 

Side Effects of Sleeping Pills

The side effects of sleeping pills vary and must not be taken lightly. Some call most of these side effects the “hangover” effect where the individual experiences symptoms like drowsiness, difficulty with motor coordination, and impaired memory. These side effects include:

  • Burning or tingling sensation in the hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Change in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness during the day 
  • Dry throat or mouth
  • Gas
  • Headache 
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Lack of focus 
  • Impaired balance 
  • Weakness

These side effects can become dangerous as they may lead to parasomnias, allergic reactions, and dependence or abuse of the substance. 

Are Sleeping Pills Addictive?

Sleeping pills can become addictive. After becoming dependent on the substance individuals can get to the point where they cannot survive without using the pills. And even though the individual may choose to quit on their own they may face challenges and experience anxiety and depression. Not everyone who partakes in substance abuse will become addicted. 

One of the reasons an individual may become easily addicted to sleeping pills would be related to genetics. Sometimes they have family members who are addicted to a substance or who have been addicted in the past. 

Why Do People Abuse Sleeping Pills?

Many do not realize that they have abused sleeping pills until they begin noticing withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop. After undergoing multiple sleepless nights 

 using sleeping pills was something an individual would use to help with their insomnia. Unfortunately, after a long period of time of using the substance the individual can become dependent on it. The individual may feel like they need the pill to fall asleep. Even after facing those withdrawal symptoms they continuously begin to crave it. 

Usually, when individuals begin to depend on the pill they do not think they can live without it. This is where they become addicted to the sleeping pill.  

Whether or not the individual had the intention to become addicted to the pill if they use it more than required then it is possible to become addicted. At first, they may take it for a good reason and it can help but if it is taken without the need for it then there becomes an issue. It starts as a choice but can later become something out of the individual’s control. 

Recognizing the Signs of Sleeping Pill Addiction

There are multiple signs that someone is addicted to sleeping pills. While the person may believe that they need sleeping pills to cure their insomnia, instead they have fallen into the hole of addiction and cannot live without using. Some of the signs that show someone is addicted are:

  • Taking the pills when they are not needed
  • Tolerating the prescription and increasing the dosage
  • High-functioning depression 
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
  • Blowing off social and personal obligations
  • Cravings

Short-term Effects 

Short-term effects of sleeping pill addiction include:

  • Cravings
  • Moving from one doctor to another for prescriptions
  • Taking sleeping pills when unnecessary 
  • Memory loss 
  • Withdrawal symptoms 

 Long-term Effects

Some of the long-term effects of sleeping pill addiction include:

  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Decreased heart rate

A very dangerous long-term effect is called parasomnia. It is the act of performing behaviors like sleepwalking, driving, and cooking, all while being in an altered state of consciousness. Behaviors like these can potentially harm someone else or the individual. 

Can You Overdose on Sleeping Pills?

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It is possible to overdose on sleeping pills. The signs of overdose include:

  • Excessive daytime drowsiness – Sometimes the effects of the sleeping pill do not always wear off by morning. Therefore, it may be difficult to wake up during the day.
  • Memory loss – Some individuals may complete certain tasks or behave a certain way without even being conscious or aware of their actions. Examples of this include, sleepwalking or driving while asleep. 
  • Extreme Isolation – Many tend to isolate themselves from those they love or care about. They might even stop engaging in their favorite activities. 
  • Engaging in dangerous activities – Some people tend to use the stove or drive their cars. These actions can be detrimental to them and others. 

Sana Lake BWC Can Help You Or A Loved One Recover From Addiction 

If you or a loved one is suffering from a sleeping pill addiction Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center can help. With the right resources and professionals, we can help you recover, heal, and reconnect with your community. We have compassionate employees who dedicate themselves to making sure you are taken care of. Contact Us.