I would advise against sleeping pills, especially if you aren’t going into it with the thought that it will be just temporary. You should really see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. Furthermore, there are many different ways that you can change your lifestyle naturally that will help you sleep better without you having to take sleeping pills. Do you use electronics before bed? If so, simply eliminating that activity could improve your ability to get better sleep. The light from the electronics confuses your body into thinking that you are just waking up and that you should be wide awake. So, you should eliminate that if that is something that you currently do.
Do you drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol? If so, that is probably really getting in the way of you going to sleep and staying asleep. Both chemicals mess with your brain and your natural sleep system. Cutting back on these substances will go a long way to helping you sleep better.
You should also better analyze the root of your lack of sleep. Do you have a stressful job or are you currently in a stressful situation with your personal life? If so, stress really gets in the way of having a good night of sleep. One thing that I have found to be a great stress reliever is meditation. It’s sounds like something only hippies do, but it really works if you are serious about it and give it a fair shake. Other stress-relieving ideas are things like going for walks or otherwise just exercising a lot. If you can get to the root of your lack of sleep and change your behavior naturally, you won’t need sleeping pills.
Sleeping pills do work well, but that’s also part of the problem. Over even a short period of time, you will grow to become dependent on them, which is something you want to avoid. You will find yourself unable to sleep unless you use sleeping pills. That’s the main reason why I would recommend avoiding them. If you can do something naturally without the risk of dependency, you should definitely do it.