Livingston Dentists Discuss the Downsides of Sleep Aids

Do you have difficulty sleeping? BMJ Research released a study that revealed over 60 million Americans turned to sleep aids last year. While over-the-counter sleep aids may provide temporary relief from sleeplessness, they also contain multiple drawbacks. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain how over-the-counter sleep aids may not address the real root of your sleepless nights.



 

Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids

When people begin taking over-the-counter sleep aids on a regular basis, the body quickly builds immunity. In order to rest, people may need to continue increasing the dosage, leading to a dangerous cycle of drug dependency. Many popular store bought sleep aids also contain the common antihistamine diphenhydramine. This is a key ingredient in most allergy medications, often causing patients to suffer from daytime drowsiness. Sleeping aids containing diphenhydramine also lead to negative side-effects such as trouble urinating and bouts of delirium. Milton Erman, the clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego spoke on the subject: “It’s not a very good drug. Very little data show that it helps people get good sleep.”

Sleep Better Tips

If you have trouble sleeping due to chronic snoring, you could be experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. This common sleep disorder affects over ten million Americans. At The Silverstrom Group, yourLivingston NJ general dentists offer comfortable and minimally invasive treatment options to ease snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. To find out more and to undergo a diagnosis, contact Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom today.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston NJ General Dentists

Do you have difficulty sleeping due to snoring or sleep apnea symptoms? Then talk to you Livingston NJ general dentists today. Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom offer an array of treatment options to address various sleep disorders. At The Silverstrom Group, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform the health and beauty of our patients’ smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.