"Sleeping pills" refers to a generic term used to describe both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These medications are used to help individuals who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep on their own. Sleeping pills are hypnotics, meaning that they promote or extend sleep. They are also sometimes called sedatives, which while literally meaning “calming,” more often can refer to “the ability to cause drowsiness.” The most common prescription sleeping pills, or hypnotics, are in the classes of drugs called benzodiazepines or benzodiazepine receptor agonists. Sleeping pills can have serious side effects if overused or abused. Insomnia is a common problem. It refers to difficulties with initiating or maintaining sleep. Forty-eight percent of Americans report occasional insomnia, and 22% say they suffer insomnia every night or nearly every night. Females are 1.3 times more likely to report insomnia than males. Insomnia is also more common in men and women over age 65, who are 1.5 times more likely to complain of insomnia than younger people. Insomnia can have serious long-term health and lifestyle consequences, including depression, heart disease, and more falls and traffic accidents. There are many different classes and brands of sleeping pills. Your doctor will suggest the one he or she feels will best work for you based on the cause and length of time you have been having trouble sleeping, as well as the specific type of insomnia you are experiencing. This information can be published in our peer-reviewed journal with impact factors and are calculated using citations not only from research articles but also review articles (which tend to receive more citations), editorials, letters, meeting abstracts, short communications, and case reports. The inclusion of these publications provides the opportunity for editors and publishers to manipulate the ratio used to calculate the impact factor and try to increase their number rapidly. Impact factor plays a major role for the particular journal. Journal with higher impact factor is considered to be more important than other ones.