Many people with sleep disorders use sedatives to help them get a good nights sleep.  While some form of the drug is good to help you sleep they can be dangerous causing you bodily harm.

A light sedation to help you go to sleep on occasion is usually not a problem, if you do not suffer from heart-related problems or breathing problems.

You must consult your physician before you take any form of this tranquilizing-effect drug, to make sure that it is right for you. Your doctor will order tests and get down to the bottom of your inability to sleep if it is a constant recurring problem.

Types of drugs classified as ‘sedative’ will affect your central nervous system. Therefore, before you take any medication in that manner, always make sure that it is the right one for you, AND consult your doctor first.

Here are drugs that can be categorized as a sedative substance:

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methaqualone
  • Meprobamate

All these drugs affect your central nervous system and can become addictive both physically and psychologically. None of those drugsshould be used or mixed with alcohol as it would cause a significant adverse affect.

Barbiturate Intoxication

Barbiturates are a commonly used sedative but can cause problems for the person who uses them on a constant basis. It is not recommended that you use barbiturates on a continuous basis.

Here below are examples of Barbiturate intoxication symptoms:

  • Lowering of inhibitions
  • Elevated mood euphoria
  • Increase in ones sense of self confidence

Physically you might suffer from slurred speech and eye twitching which are symptoms that a person who is drinking might suffer.

You might suffer from

  • nightmares,
  • hangover symptoms,
  • agitation,
  • confusion,
  • anxiety,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting
  • and even a skin rash.

Withdrawal symptoms normally begins within about twelve to sixteen hours after you discontinue their use.

Non-barbiturate Categories

Many people like to use sleep medicines that do not contain barbiturates because of the strong possibility that they might get addicted, especially if their sleeping problems persist.

Here are some example of non-barbiturate drugs:

  • Qualude
  • Chloryl Hydrate
  • Methaqualone

These drugs are already used, but not as widely available due to they are considered highly dangerous. Which part? They may potentially cause a reduction in heart rate, respiration and muscular coordination.

The problems with these drugs are similar to the barbiturates that are often prescribed by doctors. The doctors who do prescribe one of these drugs as a sleep aid normally will not give you this medication over any extended period of time.

The problems that arise from the use of these sedativesoutweigh the problems of not getting enough sleep. Your doctor may prescribe this type of sleep medicine long enough to take tests, and determine the real reason behind your insomnia.

Most doctors like to treat the cause of insomnia itself in order to help you find a cure or a remedy which has a more permanent basis, rather than giving you a sleep drug that you can possibly become addicted, and in the end would cause a bigger problem.