sleeping pill


Definition of sleeping pill

: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

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Drinking or taking sleeping pills on flights can lead to unpredictable behaviors, especially because your body may react to those differently given the atypical altitude and pressurization of an airplane cabin. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 Breus compares regular use of sleeping pills to taking diet pills: not a long-term solution. Sari Botton, Harper's BAZAAR, "Secrets To Better Sleep," 27 Dec. 2011 Surprising Factoid: Even zonked on sleeping pills, one can still order fur coats and a restaurant’s worth of Chinese food. Alison Murphy, WSJ, "3 Books That Teach You How to Concentrate in a Digital Age," 16 Nov. 2018 Most people making self-poisoning attempts in the US ingest drugs, like Tylenol or sleeping pills, which are more difficult to consume in lethal quantities than pesticides are. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year," 15 Nov. 2018 In a series of late-night tweets, Barr appeared to blame the prescription sleeping pill Ambien for the racist tweet that led to her show's cancellation Tuesday. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr back on Twitter after 'leaving,' blames 'Ambien tweeting' after ABC cancels hit show," 30 May 2018 That winter, my mother checked into a psychiatric hospital in Connecticut to negotiate her withdrawal from Seconal, a barbiturate she’d been prescribed as a sleeping pill. Fernanda Eberstadt, Vogue, "Wild, Free, and Utterly Lost—Writer Fernanda Eberstadt on the Panic and Pitfalls of Post-Collegiate Life," 30 July 2018 She was addicted to antidepressants, painkillers, sleeping pills, and alcohol. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017 Police suspect the couple put sleeping pills in hot chocolate the mother and children drank after the family ate fondue and played the card game Uno. Lindsay Whitehurst, Fox News, "Police: Utah parents planned murder-suicide that killed kids," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sleeping pill

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping pill was in 1664

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English Language Learners Definition of sleeping pill

: a pill that contains a drug which helps a person sleep

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Medical Definition of sleeping pill

: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

called also sleeping tablet

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