In our fast pace and high stress society sleep is a highly sought after luxury, and most people are willing to use medications to get it. There are a broad range of medications used to induce sleep. These include antihistamines, antidepressant, benzodiazepines (benzos), and benzodiazepine-like medications. Most of these are relatively safe. Some, like the benzos and benzo-like drugs, are typically designed to only be used short-term because they can lead to dependence and addiction.
Several of these medications are abused for their sedative effects. Combining them with other drugs can enhance their effects, as well as the effects of the other drugs. For this reason they are often abused with other illicit drugs, and can be very dangerous when abused in this way.
The study of sleep and sleep patterns has progressed rapidly and can help with many different causes of sleep problems. Sleep hygiene is a concept that has advanced rapidly and should be the core of seeking sleep normalization.
- Many over the counter and herbal formulations
- Q-Ball (combination of quetiapine with a speedball – which is the combination of heroin and cocaine)