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sleeping pill risks

These over the counter sleeping pills could damage your brain

Even though many studies have found sleeping pills to be ineffective at treating insomnia (particularly over the long term), they're still massively popular - and for some, absolutely necessary. Yet, of course, they come with risks - many of which we've written about before. One potential side-effect we hadn't come [...]

These sleeping pills are linked to an increased risk of death

A recent study found that 10,529 patients who received prescriptions for hypnotic medications such as Ambien, Lunesta and Restoril for poor sleep had a substantially increased risk of death compared to 23,676 patients who matched the controls who were not prescribed hypnotics. Test subjects had an average age of 54 years [...]

Sleeping pills may increase the risk of premature death

Researchers followed 14,117 people in Canada with an age range of 18-102 (the average age was 44). Every two years, the participants were asked two questions: 1. In the past month, did you take tranquilizers, such as Valium (diazepam) or Ativan (lorazepam)? 2. In the past month, did you take sleeping pills, such [...]

Driving under the influence of sleeping pills is just as dangerous as drunk driving

We've already written that teenagers are twice as likely to have a car accident if they feel sleepy behind the wheel. Now we're being told that police are pulling over drivers that appear to be drunk, only to find out they're under the influence of Ambien. According to one sleep [...]