Sleeping pills are a short term solution

Sleeping pills can be prescription, over-the-counter medicines or herbal remedies that may help you sleep.

Sleep problems 

If you are thinking of taking sleeping pills, it is important to talk with your doctor as these medicines can have serious side effects and should always be used with care.

Apart from these side effects, other medicines, food and drink (especially alcohol) can react with sleeping pills and cause further problems. If you are taking sleeping pills you need to know that the side effects can potentially affect work performance and safety.

Stopping sleeping pills quickly can also cause serious problems. If you are already taking sleeping pills, it is important that you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you stop taking them to understand how to do this safely. Your doctor may be able provide you with a reduction plan to help you gradually stop taking your sleeping pills to reduce possible side effects.

Never share your sleeping pills with anyone else — they have been recommended for your personal circumstances and could be harmful to another person. The best medicine for you may not be the same for someone else.

Remember: you don't sleep as deeply as your body needs to with sleeping pills, so you may not feel rested the next day.

Natural sleep is the best way to ensure that you wake up feeling refreshed.