Sleeping Pills Worse Than We Thought…


Doctors hand out sleeping pills like they’re candy. Heck, maybe you’ve even taken one if you’re desperate enough for sleep. But you may want to think again next time you struggle to get some shut-eye.

A study in the British Medical Journal found that people who take sleeping pills are four times more likely to die than those not taking sleeping pills.1 Worst of all? People didn’t have to take sleeping pills regularly. Even those who took fewer than 18 pills per year were found to have an elevated mortality risk.

Is it really worth it?  Before you answer, there’s even more to the story.

Because it gets worse.

Patients who took more than two sleeping pills a week over the course of a year had a 35 percent increased risk of cancer.

The long-term study followed 10,529 people. Researchers followed them for 2.5 years. Then they compared the subjects to 23,676 people not on sleeping pills.

Even after all the controlled factors, the results remained the same… an increased risk of death for those taking sleeping pills such as Ambien, Restoril, Lunesta, and Sonata.

Lead author Dr. Daniel Kripke says that the sleeping drugs could have resulted in 320,000 to 507,000 deaths in 2010 alone.2

Cancer and death aside, the list of side effects for sleeping pills is terrifying. They can cause sleepwalking, hallucinations, violent outbursts, sleep-eating, and driving while asleep.

It’s always the same question. If doctors and the FDA know that these drugs are killing people why do they keep writing the scripts and passing them out? Simple… Why would they want to slow down a billion dollar industry? In 2011, pharmacies filled 60 million prescriptions for sleeping pills.3 And the FDA continues to turn a blind eye.

The clinical trials say they are safe so they must be, right?! Wrong… again. The clinical trials for many prescription pills don’t evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the drug beyond several weeks. This is true for prescription sleeping pills too.

Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to your health. Lack of sleep puts you at a higher risk for chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity.4 And as we recently reported, people that get less than six hours of sleep have an increased risk of developing congestive heart failure.5 So, we need sleep.

Even if you don’t suffer from insomnia, we all have trouble falling asleep at times. Stress, anxiety, and diet can easily compromise our sleep patterns. And even though popping a pill to drift off seems easy, it may not be worth the end result.

There are plenty of safe and natural alternatives.

  • Organic tart cherries and cherry juice
  • Valerian root
  • Melatonin
  • Lemon balm or chamomile tea

Forget the deadly sleeping pills. Go all-natural to make sure you get a good night’s rest and actually wake up.

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  1. jack says:

    i have been taking sleeping pills (halcion for 10 years and restoril for 18 years ) everyday for more than 28 years… i have tried over the counter pills end natural pills they dont work at all…any suggestions?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have been taking Desryl (Trazadone), for many years. It has fewer side affects and it is inexpensive. It has been around for many years and is recommended by Dr. Schwartzbien. I also recommend her books The Schwarzbien Principle. Start with a low dose, 50mg, then add another 25mg until you get the desired effect. Give it 3 or 4 days to start working.

  3. Moonrose says:

    I have been taking Desryl (Trazadone) for many years. It has fewer side affects and is inexpensive. It is recommended by Dr. Schwartbien in her books The Schwartbien Principle. I recommend reading her books. Start with 50mg and add another 25mg every few days or week until you get the desired affect. I don’t know of any adverse affects from taking it. I have known people who take up to 400mg.

  4. John Meyer says:

    If there’s an increased risk of death will it be at least while asleep ??

  5. Sam says:

    Try St. John’s Wort and a natural hormone called Melatonin.

  6. Joy Tay says:

    I have been taking Ambien for 15 years. No, I don’t want to, but there is nothing out there that helps me sleep, and believe me I have tried them all. You try going days on end without sleep and tell me how well you function.

    • Janet says:

      A ‘Calcium and Magnesium’ tablet 20mins before bedtime helps. Also, do not engage in Computer or TV late……and make sure to wind down your system and prepare for sleep each night by turning the lights down low – dim if possible – and be restful about 30-40 mins before you go to bed. Make your bedroom a place for sleep, reading and quiet music only…..if you watch TV in your bedroom this will set up bad habits unfriendly to sleeping. You need to be in a restful mode for sleeping_ try to develope a sleep friendly routine the last 50-90 minutes before bedtime (things that won’t excite or activate your brain. Also, do you have sufficient exercise or activity in the day-time? Exposure to sunshine sometime in the morning helps to set your circadian rythm and melatonin levels, so does having light blocked out in your bedroom for sleeping_ this releases the melatonin in your brain, along with restful thoughts (this is a must).

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