Taking pharmaceutical sleeping pills do not resolve the issues of sleep disturbances. People are actually increasing harming themselves with sleep drugs, many of which contain "Black box" warning labels which are required for brand name drugs including Lunesta, Sonata and Ambien, among others, to caution patients about their possible side effects. Eszopiclone, zaleplon and zolpidem are insomnia medications that help patients fall asleep or stay asleep easier by slowing brain activity, the FDA said, but hidden in the box are highly disruptive and dangerous side effects for some the morning after use.
“If you take sleeping pills, you will bring yourself into sleep mode, you will succeed in getting yourself into bed and shutting off the light, but in the morning you are not the same person. You don’t function. The quantity of pills I need in order to fall asleep will turn me into a zombie the next day. My brain is erased; people speak to me but I don’t function. How can you live like that? How can you work like that, study, go out of the house, communicate with people?”
The newest generation of sleep aids causes strange side effects including sleepwalking and short-term amnesia. Ambien, the nation’s best-selling prescription sleeping pill, shows up with regularity as a factor in traffic arrests, sometimes involving drivers who later say they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel after taking the drug. Steven Wells quit using the drug Ambien after becoming concerned after several episodes in which he woke up to find he had messily raided the refrigerator and after an incident in which he tore a towel rack out of a wall.