Psychiatrists warn that taking medications that are designed to treat diseases that a person does not have can be dangerous. Recently there has been an active increase in the number of medicines that are used for other reasons than what is written on their label. People are tempted by some medication for the unique psychological benefits they give, whether it’s calming the nerves or providing an invigorating effect. They do not think that taking drugs that affect the psyche can be dangerous.
Sleep helps the brain regulate emotional memory. But popular sleeping pills violate this mechanism. As a result, people are more drawn to negative memories. This is especially important for patients suffering from:
- post-traumatic stress disorder
It was proved: if to speak about emotional memory, brain activity jumps that are noted in a special phase of sleeping process are very significant. Thus, the information is transferred from the short and long-term memory. The remedy enhances the activity of this process. In principle, this feature can be used to correct the state of patients with memory impairment.
Scientists have tested the effect of Zolpidem and other sleeping pills on emotional memory. Placebo was also used in this study. In the experiment, 28 people aged 18-39 participated. They all slept in a normal regime. Several days passed between taking doses of drugs. This allowed doctors to remove the drugs from the body and get an adequate result.
Participants were shown various images that caused either a negative or a positive emotional reaction, before and after sleep. As a result, people could recall more images that bear a negative color or initiated sexual arousal, just after taking Zolpidem.
Such drugs available in many pharmacies as Ambien, Soma and others are soothing, relaxing the body, communicating with neurotransmitters in the brain. They have a calming effect on the psyche. They are often used to fight insomnia or restless legs syndrome. The drug is sometimes used to get rid of the effects of methamphetamine, cocaine, and ecstasy. Others take it in the evening since after it, unusual and bright dreams appear. These drugs can be addictive. Side effects of taking drugs can be hallucinations and forgetfulness. Doctors advise using alternative agents such as herbal supplements (for example, valerian), and practicing yoga before going to bed to stretch the body and relax the mind.