Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Nightly Sleeping Pill Risky?

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 11:41 AM

Question: I can’t seem to get to sleep unless I take a sleeping pill. I don’t feel groggy in the morning. Is this a problem? 


Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Sleeping pill use is great to get your sleep cycle back into sync with your work day. But sleeping pills should be used short term only. Long-term use can increase the likelihood you will become dependent upon them to initiate your sleep cycle. I am pleased you have no morning fatigue after the use of this drug, but caution must be exercised in terms of the use recommended for you. Consult your physician just to be sure.
I am always in favor of minimizing drug use, so now that you have a regular sleep cycle, consider researching other ways to improve your sleep habits and wean yourself off of your medication over the next couple months. 
 

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Question: I can't seem to get to sleep unless I take a sleeping pill. I don't feel groggy in the morning. Is this a problem? Dr. Hibberd's answer: Sleeping pill use is great to get your sleep cycle back into sync with your work day. But sleeping pills should be used short...
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