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The Influence in Dane County WI.
Sleeping medications fall into a category of drugs known as sedative-hypnotics. This category also includes barbiturates and benzodiazepines like Xanax. Unlike other drugs in this category, sleeping pills are non-benzodiazepine hypnotics. They are commonly known as z-drugs since they induce sleep.
Although people successfully treat short-term insomnia with sleeping pills, many become dependent on them. The numbers aren’t in their favor. Approximately 38 million prescriptions for Ambien (a common sleeping pill) were written between 2006 and 2011.
With such rampant accessibility, and a perceived blessing from medical professionals, it’s no wonder so many people fall prey to the power of sleeping pills.
Many people wrongly assume they can’t get addicted to sleeping pills, and some people even claim getting this information from their doctor. Yet, some people find themselves unable to sleep without the help of a pill or they need to increase their dose to fall asleep.
A lot of people don’t realize they've become addicted until they stop taking their sleeping medication. All of a sudden they begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms, a telltale sign of addiction.
Other signs that sleeping pill use has gotten out of control include:
For many, an addiction to sleeping pills starts when they begin upping their doses. This often happens without the guidance of a physician.
When sleep does not come easily or is interrupted, patients may take more of their [sleep] medication than is prescribed. This may occur even though the medication guides contain clear instructions to the patient to take the product exactly as prescribed.