Sleep Myth Monday: Are Sleep Aids Bad or Good?

This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re actually not myths at all.

Myth or Truth: Sleep aids are bad for you and should never be used.


We prefer that no one uses drugs to help them sleep, but we realize some people need a little help now and then. It’s the “now and then” part that’s important, though. All over-the-counter sleep aids are safe if used occasionally, but many can be very problematic if used regularly, even antihistamines like Benadryl. If you’re having regular issues with sleeping, see your doctor and evaluate your sleep environment, including your bedroom and bedding such as your pillows. Here’s a SleepBetter article with some tips to help you stop using sleep aids.