Have you ever gone to a county fair and watch a hypnotist show? It is one of the funniest shows and I love watching what people do under hypnosis. Sometimes I wonder if it is real or fake. I mean within minutes, people go under a hypnotic state and will do and see things that are suggested to them to a limit. But this is not the only time we get into a hypnotic state. For those of us who commute to work and home, we can at times come under hypnosis especially if the same route is used. How many times have you gotten home and realized that you don’t remember your drive and you were sober? You were just under a form of hypnosis.
One today can be hypnotized with a prescription drug and not need a hypnotist. The most common drugs prescribed for hypnosis are benzodiazepines and nonbenzodiazepines. Benzodiazepine is the favored prescription drug of choice and the one known best is Valium. Benzodiazepines have a variety of functions such as muscle relaxants, sedatives, insomnia treatment as well as anxiety treatment. Being sedated and relaxed can actually be considered a form of hypnosis which is why benzodiazepines work well.
The nonbenzodiazepines such as Ambien (Zolpidem), Sonata (Zaleplon) and Lunesta (Eszopiclone) act similarly to benzodiazepine but have a different chemical structure. These subtle chemical changes are mostly favored to treat insomnia and everyone considers them sleeping pills. These are the same sleeping pills used by celebrities to try and sleep at night after a night of drinking . Both classes of prescription drugs are meant to be used in short term cycles like weeks and not forever.
For sleeping pills as well as hypnosis pills, there are side effects associated with its use. These effects include drowsiness, dizziness, decreased alertness especially while driving, decreased sex drive and erections, nausea, change in appetite and nightmares. If you are epileptic, the amount of seizures increases due to these drugs. If you choose the celebrity status of mixing alcohol, illegal recreational drugs and sleeping pills or Valium, be prepared to not wake up. This combination can lead to a fatal symptoms such as coma, respiratory depression, cardiac arrest and death.
I don’t know how many times I have heard people who are afraid to fly use these sleeping pills with alcohol so they can get through the flight. Consider yourself lucky if you have managed to avoid the side effects. But before you ask your doctor for a little extra to sleep at night make sure you don’t cocktail it.
Have you ever entered a hypnotic state using any of the above prescription drugs?