What are sleep-inducing drugs and sedatives?

The sleep-inducing drugs and sedatives that are most commonly used today are benzodiazepines.

Effects

Benzodiazepines have an anaesthetic effect. This makes you sleep better and reduces feelings of anxiety, stress and worry.

Risks

Every medication has side effects. With prolonged and regular use, one may suffer from unpleasant side effects. After a few weeks people become addicted to benzodiazepines.

Legislation

Sleep-inducing drugs and sedatives are subject to a number of laws. They may only be bought at the pharmacy on doctor's prescription.

Limiting risks

The following tips help to reduce the risks of sleep-inducing drugs or sedatives.