The Dangers of Sleep Aids

Many people in the United States experience sleep disturbances. Our bodies, by nature, need a full sleep cycle to recover and prepare for the next day.

Chronic sleep issues and insomnia can take a toll both mentally and physically. It can make you desperate for a good night’s sleep. Thus, the popularity of sleep aids continues to be on the rise. Ambien, among others, may seem like the magic pill to fix the issue.

However, if you have a substance use disorder, you may want to think twice before taking medications like Ambien.

Pros and Cons of Sleeping Pills

Here are some pros and cons of taking sleeping aids with a substance use disorder, along with information about how to be aware of and avoid an Ambien addiction.

Pro: Effective for Insomnia

  • Ambien helps people fall asleep and stay asleep. There are many sleep aids out there that only can assist with a single issue.

Con: Enhances the Possibility of a Substance Use Disorder

  • Despite Ambien’s efficacy for sleep disorders and insomnia, it can increase a person’s risk of dependence. Ambien addiction is common, even when the medication is taken as prescribed.
  • Ambien and other sleep aids are dangerous when mixed with another depressant like alcohol. The effects of each are compounded and become more severe and detrimental to the individual.
  • If you experience a substance use disorder, you are five to ten times more likely to struggle with a sleep disorder as well.

Pro: Less Addictive than Counterparts

  • Although the risk of Ambien addiction exists, the medication is considered to be a less risky habit-forming medication than other sleep aids, including Xanax and Ativan.

Con: Dangerous Side Effects

  • Ambien can cause some disturbing side effects. For example, many people execute behaviors while under the influence of Ambien without having any conscious knowledge of the event, like driving while intoxicated.
  • Even after a full night’s sleep and taking Ambien as directed, a person can experience an impaired state of alertness the next day. If you perform a job that is dependent upon full mental cognizance, Ambien could pose a problem.
  • In rare cases, using Ambien can cause anaphylactic shock.

Treating Ambien Addiction

Sleep problems should be addressed because they can affect many parts of your life. However, taking a risky medication that could lead to developing an addiction can cause more problems than solutions.

Luckily, there are many resources available to help with Ambien addiction and substance use disorders involving sleep aids. You can always contact the Colorado sleeping pills hotline for assistance with sleeping pill information.

If you deal with any substance use disorder, there is help in Colorado. Contact The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake today.

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