The Danger of Sleeping Pills

Do You Know The Risks of Sleeping Pills?

According to the Independent, over 1 billion drug prescriptions are written in the UK every year, with the NHS alone prescribing 2.7 million items every single day! Labelled ‘Britain’s hidden addiction’, sleeping pills are among the most common prescriptions in Britain, with 1 in 10 of us regularly taking the drug to help us sleep. This begs the question: do people know the side effects associated with these drugs and are there any alternatives to sleeping pills out there?

Daily Mail – ‘Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer’

Do They Work?

Most sleeping pills are prescribed as a temporary measure to help encourage sleep. However, due to their addictive nature, sleeping pills are often abused to the point where receptors in the body become numb to the medication.

Although sleeping pills may appear to be a ‘quick fix’ for your sleeping troubles, the associated side-effects are often not worth the promise of undisturbed sleep. Instead, if you are suffering from persistent sleep deprivation, it is important to determine the true cause as you may have an underlying condition which sleeping pills will be unable to fix.

While taking sleeping pills for a short time, for example to get over jet lag, is unlikely to be detrimental, if you have been taking sleeping pills over a long period of time it may be time to consider a different approach.

What You Could Try If You Struggle To Get To Sleep


Releases serotonin, which lifts your mood and helps to banish stress which can be a common cause of insomnia. Regular exercise also means you will feel more sleepy on an evening, and will welcome sleep more readily.


Try essential oils with sedative properties, have a massage, play some relaxing music or take a soak in the bath to prepare yourself for sleep.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

A form of psychotherapy which can help some people to banish negative thoughts and worries, and change patterns of behaviour that could be having a negative impact on sleep.

Memory Foam Mattress

Offers support to you whole body, ensuring you are sleeping in the correct anatomical position. Relief to pressure points decreases your need to toss and turn during the night and provides a restful sleep.

At Memory Foam Warehouse our expert team can help with any questions you may have as well as offer advice on the best sleeping solution for your specific needs. Our website is also packed with all the information you need on our entire range of sleeping products.