Do Sleeping Pills Work? The Side Effects of Using Sleeping Pills

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Whenever you are having a difficult time sleeping, it can be tempting to use medication or prescription drugs to treat your insomnia. In the U.S., 4% of adults are using drugs to help with their sleeping problems. However, you need to be aware of how a sleep aid can affect you before you decide to use one. Studies have shown that there are some unsightly side effects to these medications. Below you’ll find a list of noteworthy pros and cons that come with using sleeping pills.

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How Do I Know If I Have Insomnia?

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Being unable to sleep is a terrible feeling. You feel physically exhausted, mentally drained and helpless as you try to get a good night’s sleep. Most people have periods where they have difficulty sleeping, but how do you know if it’s insomnia?

While 30 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of insomnia during their lives, it can be challenging to know for sure if it is a consistent issue or a bump in the road.

The National Sleep Foundation defines insomnia as a chronic condition if it happens three nights per week for three months or longer.

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