News reports are keeping patients up at night worrying about whether insomnia medications increase mortality. They’re hearing sleep meds kill half a million people per year.
This new research suggests a 4 to 5 times higher mortality in people prescribed meds for sleep…including benzodiazepines (temazepam, etc), non-benzos (zolpidem, etc), antihistamines, or barbiturates.
Even people taking as few as 18 doses a year seem at risk.
One theory: Sleep meds lessen respiratory drive and worsen sleep apnea in some patients…leading to hypertension, heart disease, etc.
Sleeping pills can also impair motor and cognitive skills…leading to falls, accidents, and depression.
I encourage everyone with sleep issues to explore natural alternatives.
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