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Sleep medication could shorten lifespan, reveals study

Sleep medication could shorten lifespan, reveals studyAccording to research, Brits who frequently use sleeping pills could be at an increased risk of early death.

A U.S. study has revealed that patients taking sleeping pills are more likely to die prematurely than those not taking any medication.

The study looked at medications such as temazepam and diazepam as well as some newer forms of sedative including zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon, and barbiturates.

However, whilst researchers have found that taking these drugs could put patients at a small risk of earlier death, individuals have been urged not to discontinue use straight away and should instead pay a visit to their GP first.

The results of the study found that individuals who had been prescribed sleeping pills were over 4 times more likely to die during a two-and-a-half-year period when compared to those who were not on drugs.

With around 2.8 million individuals having been prescribed medication for insomnia in 2010, finding alternative ways to tackle the nations sleep problem is essential.

Researchers who worked on the study believe that non-drug treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy may hold the key to success when it comes to the treatment of sleep problems.

If you are looking for natural and effective ways of aiding sleep then you may find a complementary therapy could help you.

Many individuals have in the past found insomnia relief from complementary therapies such as Chinese herbal medicine and aromatherapy. To discuss further how these therapies may be able to help you, please visit our homepage and use the search tool to locate a qualified practitioner in your local area.

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Emma Hilton

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