A Sleeping Pill - Not to Lull But to Kill
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A Sleeping Pill - Not to Lull But to Kill

To pop a sleeping pill before going to sleep has become the fashion of the day. People can very well get a good sleep even without those sleeping pills if they follow some natural methods that can induce their sleep. Several studies reveal the close association of sleeping pills with cancer growth and death. One of these studies found out the association of hypnotics with a significant increase of cancer risk and death.

In the modern lifestyle many people have begun to swallow sleeping pills even if they do not need them normally. To pop sleeping pill before going to sleep has become the fashion of the day. They can very well get a good sleep even without those sleeping pills if they follow some natural methods that can induce their sleep.

Modern lifestyle finds sleeping a great problem. People purchase drugs at over-the-counter or get prescription drugs just to have a good night's sleep. Prescription drugs are widely used without any restriction. It is estimated that 6 to 10 percent of American adults take sedative drugs to make up their sleeping pills. It has become inevitable for most of the people who suffer from chronic insomnia.

Sleeping pills should be taken strictly under the guidance of a physician. But experts of the modern health world are more concerned about the potential of overuse and dependency of the sleeping pills. They question about the serious consequences of regular use of these sedative pills.

Sleeping pills are associated with cancer and death

Several studies reveal the close association of sleeping pills with cancer growth and death. One of these studies found out the association of hypnotics with a significantly increase of cancer risk and death.

A sample survey in Pennsylvania which tracked more than 10,500 patients who were taking sleeping drugs for more than 5 years revealed that cancer and death occurrence was more among the drug users than those who were not on sleeping drugs. They found that the sleeping pill group had an average death rate of 6.1 percent compared with the non-pill group which was only 1.2 percent. Although they have found that there is a link between sleeping pill and cancer and death, they have not yet confirmed the direct relationship between them. They are still studying why those people who take sleeping drugs regularly become easy victims of cancer and death.

Adverse effects of taking sleeping drugs

First of all, the people who use sleeping drugs on a regular basis are less healthy than the average people who are not using it regularly.

Secondly, it is not sure if the people of the above study who have been prescribed with sleeping drugs are using them regularly as per the directions of the physicians.

Third, although sleeping pills are prescribed as a temporary relief for patients who suffer persistent insomnia, it is rarely recommended as a long-term solution.

Fourth, the sleeping pills may cause side effects such as daytime drowsiness, impaired vision, memory impairment and loss of coordination and balance.

Another drawback of using sleeping drugs is that the patients stop using them suddenly without consulting the physicians. Physicians may prescribe alternative medicines or reduce dosage.

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