Insomnia is a very common problem that most adults will experience at some point. “Taking sleeping medications is common practice,” Dr. Kline says. “However, there is alarming evidence that taking sleeping pills can increase risk for other health dangers.” Some pills last longer in the body causing daytime sleepiness which comes with its own risks of falling, hurting yourself and getting in a car accident. Some people take them for longer than they should and the risk of overdosing becomes serious, Dr. Doghramji says.