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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Recent Examples on the Web Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine commonly found in sleeping pills and allergy medicine, such as Benadryl. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Parents sentenced in death of malnourished baby killed by antihistamine," 6 Jan. 2020 Which is worse for you, lack of sleep or sleeping pills? Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Is it better to toss and turn all night, or just pop a sleeping pill?," 27 Feb. 2020 But people oftentimes let their guard down when flying, especially on overnight flights where people might drink alcohol or take sleeping pills, with a dark cabin and close seating providing an opportunity. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Airlines grapple with increased reports of in-flight harassment," 18 Feb. 2020 The news agency said Le Mesurier had taken sleeping pills. Fox News, "White Helmets rescue group founder died from fall in Istanbul, investigators say," 17 Dec. 2019 Prescription sleeping pills, as well as over-the-counter sedatives and antihistamines, not only aid slumber but can mitigate nervous fliers’ anxiety. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "He was dreading his 13-hour flight. So he asked experts for some tips.," 6 Nov. 2019 CVS Health is offering Sleepio just as health experts have soured on prescription sleeping pills. Natasha Singer, New York Times, "Sleep Therapy for the Masses May Be Coming to You Soon," 24 Sep. 2019 Here’s what to know about three common sleeping pills for flights. Moira Lawler, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Are the Best—And Safest—Sleeping Pills for Flights?," 10 Sep. 2019 Brian Kozlowski, of Macomb County, Michigan, routinely placed sleeping pills in his wife's coffee throughout July 2018, prosecutors said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Michigan man sentenced to 60 weekend days in jail for poisoning wife's coffee," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sleeping pill

1664, in the meaning defined above

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“Sleeping pill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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