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Sleep Apnea & Sleeping Pills Aren’t A Long Term Combination

Posted Nov 11 2008 1:29am
by Rudy Watkins

Not getting enough sleep can be a problem and there are several solutions including sleeping pills. People who suffer from sleep apnea should be advised against taking sleeping pills if they have a problem sleeping. Sleep apnea is caused by constriction of the air passage or from delays in the brain letting the body know to breathe, resulting in you waking up for short periods of time during the night. If you have sleep apnea, taking sleeping pills may actually make it worse.

Look for Some Short Term Relaxation Solutions

Sleep apnea sufferers consider sleeping pills because of the rest they will get which makes them feel better and improves their mood. As a short term solution, sleeping pills would help you get enough sleep for a few days and after doing so, you should cease taking them.

Sleeping pills can become habit forming. You can start to depend on them to get the sleep you need. It is not recommended as a long term solution when you have sleep apnea.

There are far better ways for you to cope with sleep apnea including weight loss, eliminating alcohol and tobacco, changing your sleeping position such as sleeping on your side and keeping regular rest hours.

Even when it does not concern sleep apnea and sleeping pills, it has been found that the long term effects of taking sleeping pills are less than encouraging, and in fact it has been found that even in the case of insomniacs, they would be better off without taking sleeping pills, especially if they realize that chronically taking sleeping pills could prove to be as deadly as smoking cigarettes.

Over time the usage of sleeping pills can result in higher mortality rates. If you suffer from sleep apnea, they do little to improve your condition and can actually reduce your brain activity while you’re awake. They may even affect your short term memory and even give you a hangover.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, reconsider sleeping pills. Rather, look for an alternative and use self help methods which will not have the effects on you that sleeping pills will.

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Wondering what is sleep apnea? Get more information about the condition and some of its treatments and remedies on the Apnea Guide website at
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