Sleeping pills seem to be the talking point in many sporting circles at the moment, particularly if you are an Australian.
A recent case of a star player being admitted to hospital after experiencing an adverse affect to a pill, has stirred up quite a debate in the past few days about just how bad sleeping pills can be, and what affect they really have on our health.
Ben Cousins, and Australia Rules footballer, took a few sleeping tablets after a weekend game to help him sleep better at night.
In the morning he could not be woken, and was rushed to a Melbourne hospital.
He is now fine and ready to playa giant his weekend, but it raises the question…. How bad can sleeping pills be??
Most sleeping pills are actually sedative hypnotics and commonly carry the drugs Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Librium.
These drugs are commonly used by, and referred to patients with anxiety problems, and those who suffer form bipolar disease.
When you take the pills it is common to feel drowsiness and lethargism. This is to increase the chance of you falling asleep.
Now just like any other medication, sleeping pills have side effects, and these vary from pill to pill.
Firstly, they can make you breathe more slowly, and this can be an issue for those with lung problems such as asthma.
Other side effects include burning or tingling of the hands, dizziness, weakness, headaches, loss of balance, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, unusual dreams, and shaking of the body.
The worst side effect, however, can be in the form of Parasomia, or sleep walking.
It is common that regular use of sleeping pills can lead to people sleep walking and even sleep driving.
Then of course there is the case of mixing sleeping pills with alcohol and other drugs.
This is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
In short, be very careful and fully aware of the side effects of sleeping pills before taking them.