The Dark Side of Prescription Drugs for Insomnia

Insomnia is an ailment where you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, you may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. And you may not feel refreshed when you wake up.

Your first impulse may be to reach for a sleeping pill. Although this can help you to get some much needed rest, its better to think of them as a temporary aid. Prolonged use of medical drugs for sleeping have a dark side that you need to be aware of. Better to turn to natural remedies to help you sleep.

Before you take that prescription drug for insomnia, please consider the consequences. Common side effects of prescription sleeping pills such as Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien, Rozerem, and Halcion includes constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, difficulty keeping balance, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth or throat and tingling in the hands, arms, feet, or legs.

People taking certain prescription sleeping pills are four times more likely to die than people who do not—even if they are only taking low doses of the medication, according to researchers. The drugs are also linked with a significantly increased risk of cancer among people taking high dosages.

Researchers from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif., and the Jackson Hole Center for Preventative Medicine, in Jackson, Wyo., tracked the survival of more the 10,500 people who were prescribed sleeping pills for approximately 2.5 years and then compared those rates with more than 23,500 people who had not been prescribed sleeping pills. The average age of the participants was 54.

The study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, included common sleep medications such as benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedative antihistamines, which are sold commercially under names like Ambien, Restoril, Sonata and Lunesta.

Participants assigned low doses of any of these medications—less than 18 pills per year—were more than 3.5 times more likely to die than people who did not take sleep medication, while those prescribed between 18 and 132 pills were more than four times more likely to die.

For example, the researchers said there were 265 deaths among 4,336 people taking Ambien—the most frequently prescribed sleeping medication in the study—compared with 295 deaths among the 23,671 people who had not taken sedatives or sleeping pills in the same time period.

Rather than bringing to bed all memories of hurtful incidents and painful remarks from other people, it is better to forgive everyone and go to sleep with a clean heart

People who took more than 132 pills a year were not only five times more likely to die, but were also at greater risk of developing several types of cancer, and 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with any type of cancer, overall.

“The medications may have role in temporary use of insomnia, but need to be used sparingly,” said Dr. Robert Langer, principal scientist for the Jackson Hole Center for Preventative Medicine.

Langer and his colleagues speculated that the increased risk of death may be due to side effects of the medications, such as driving while asleep and unaware; sleep apnea, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke; and potential associations with pneumonia.

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Regular and restful sleep is an integral factor in healing from all health disorders, as sleep time is the time when the body rests and repairs itself.  Quality of life increases tremendously as well once proper sleep patterns are restored.  If you or someone you love is suffering from the devastating effects of a sleep disorder, HijamaHerbs Head is the safe and effective alternative to prescription drugs in restoring deep and restful sleep.

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