Livingston Dentists Explain the Drawbacks of Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids

Did you know that last year alone over 60 million Americans sought over-the-counter sleep aids? For many Americans, getting a good night’s rest can prove difficult. More and more are turning to over-the-counter sleeping pills, unaware of the serious side effects. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, discuss the negative side effects of common sleeping pills and recommend simple tips for obtaining some much-needed rest.



 

Unexpected Downsides of Sleep Aids

Most people don’t realize how quickly your body becomes immune to common sleep aids. As a result, many people begin upping the dosage in order to sleep, creating a cycle of drug dependency. Further more, many sleep aids contain the antihistamine diphenhydramine. This drug is commonly found in allergy medications and causes drowsiness. Patients taking sleeping medications containing diphenhydramine often report daytime drowsiness, an inability to focus, difficulty urinating and even periods of confusion or mild delirium.

Tips for Better Sleep

Did you know in most cases simple lifestyle changes can help you sleep better? For example, always maintain a steady sleep schedule. Try to wake and go to bed at the same times everyday, even on weekends. Avoid caffeine or alcohol products in the four hours before bed. Also, ensure your bedroom creates an atmosphere conducive to good sleep. Keep the room dark and cool. If you have a TV in your bedroom, remove it. These simple steps can help your body relax and allow deep sleep to come easier.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects over 12 million Americans. A common symptom of this disorder is chronic snoring. Sleep apnea occurs when soft tissue in the back of the throat blocks airflow during sleep. This obstruction cuts off oxygen to the brain. The brain then wakes the patient up to start the breathing process. For many patients, this cycle happens hundreds of times a night. Patients become exhausted, and their risk of developing serious medical issues such as high blood pressure and depression increases. Instead of turning to sleep aids, contact your Livingston family dentists. At The Silverstrom Group, Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom offer a variety of innovative treatments for sleep apnea and snoring. Let us help you sleep well again.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Family Dentists

Struggling to get a good night’s rest? Schedule a consultation with your Livingston Family Dentists, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom today to discuss sleep solutions. 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.