Sleeping Pill Warnings

by Marcia Mueller

The  Journal  BJM has just published a study about sleeping pills that shows an increase in mortality with the use of sleeping pills.  Needless to say this is very alarming but some experts have criticized the study.  The study did not show that the pills caused death, nor did the study know even what these patients died of.  So the message is not to panic if you're taking a sleeping pill, but you might want to consider other things to help with your sleep long term.  There have been studies that show that many sleeping pills are no better than placebos in helping insomnia.  I've written an article on insomnia that has some good advice and this one from the NY Times also has some good information.