Are Your Sleep Medications Affecting Your Brain?

The answer could be yes!

If you are taking over the counters drugs like Sominex, Tylenol PM, Unisom, Dramamine, Benadryl, Excedrin PM, or prescription drugs like Detrol, Demerol, Paxil, and Elavil they all fall in a category known as Anticholinergic drugs.

The drugs are designed to block acetylcholine a nervous system transmitter. But the body needs acetylcholine to transmit messages to our brains that allows for everyday movements and memory.

Chronic use of drugs that contain acetylcholine have

been linked to studies that indicate they the average time to go to sleep was just under 13 minutes yet the participants believed they had slept longer!* Could this be the result of the mild cognitive impairment these types of drugs cause?  In other words: I think I slept better but is my mind playing tricks on me because it is being drugged?

Avoidance is the best solution to reduce your risk. Making 7-8 hours of sleep important to you using a natural approach will bring you the benefits of health in ways sleeping pills cannot.

* Saul, Stephanie. “Sleep Drugs Found Only Mildly Effective, but Wildly Popular.” The New York Times, 22 Oct. 2007.

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Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS has been helping people in Chico, Redding and across Northern California lead healthier lives since 1999.

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