sleeping pill

noun

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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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 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. Washington Post, "Police: Utah parents planned murder-suicide that killed kids," 19 Apr. 2018 Now The 10-Step Skincare Routine That'll Change Your Face Forever Medicate, but carefully The pharmaceutical world may be able to accommodate your in-flight needs with prescription sleeping pills or even over-the-counter melatonin. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Successfully Sleep on a Plane," 12 Mar. 2018 Unfortunately, some prescription sleeping pills, such as zolpidem, may affect memory and balance, and put people at risk for falls and fractures (Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, January 2014). Houston Chronicle, "Old wives’ remedy helped arthritis pain," 1 July 2018 Plus, the People’s Pharmacy advises on a surprising treatment for eczema, sleeping pills for older adults, and the neurological effects of low B-12 levels. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Neighborhood crime may not be as bad as some Seattleites fear and Amazon buys online pharmacy | Thursday Morning Brief, June 28," 28 June 2018 To them, rest comes without noise-canceling boxes, bioceramic pajamas, or sleeping pills. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Can PJs and Sound Sleep Lead to a World Cup Victory?," 14 June 2018 Comedian Roseanne Barr blamed sleeping pills for the racist tweet that led to her show Roseanne‘s cancellation — then deleted a tweet that included the claim. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Roseanne Barr Blamed Her Racist Tweet on 'Ambien Tweeting'," 30 May 2018 Get up and take a sleeping pill, try to get back to sleep. The Cut, "The Copywriter Obsessed With Her Married Co-worker," 13 May 2018

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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sleeping pill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sleeping pill

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

sleeping pill

noun

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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