In today’s world, 24 hours in a day just does not seem to cut it. To cope with this, some have turned to sleeping pills to knock them out faster to get a little more shut eye. However, among the swirl of sleeping pills on the market today, there is also a surprising amount of anti-sleeping pills. Some people seem to want to shun the need for sleep altogether. While these pills promise an extension of alertness and energy, they are not without side effects.
In Saudi Arabia, many students and athletes are using an energy pill called Captagon, unaware of the risks.
“Students that use the drug are endowed with a feeling of high energy that keeps them up for many hours, but their bodies are adversely affected,” said Arab News, an internet company. “Captagon abusers will go through an endless whirl of adverse side-effects during their dependence.”
This drug, which is similar to energy pills available in the United States, has common side effects such as lack of appetite, insomnia, nightmares, hallucinations and fast heartbeats.
Because these energy pills are different than the classic cup of coffee, you may be wondering what actually happens in your body when you take them. In fact, it’s the same thing that happens when you get natural energy from food.
When an energy pill is taken, the metabolism speeds up to the same speed it would be at if it had that same amount of energy to burn in food, thus tricking your body into having extended energy. The problem with this is that the body isn’t prepared to lose such a large amount of energy, and that is when the side effects can begin.
The main active ingredient in most energy pills is a Chinese herb called Ma Huang. This herb is converted into pure ephedrine in your body, which also has weight loss properties. For this reason, some people choose to use energy pills as diet supplements as well as an anti-sleep aid.
An important thing to remember when considering taking anti-sleeping pills is that the affect they have on you depends on many things. For example, coffee drinkers won’t feel the effect of energy pills as much as non coffee drinkers will. Other factors include gender, weight, metabolism and body frame.
It is recommended that you consult your physician before choosing and taking an anti-sleeping pill. Also, start out with a small dosage, and never exceed the maximum recommended dosage. The bottom line is to be careful when taking anti-sleeping pills.
Source by Sherry L Harris