You may be surprised to learn that sleeping pills, in many cases, work not because of the ingredients within the pills, but rather because you believe they will work. This is commonly referred as the placebo effect. If you think or believe that a pill will do what it is supposed to do, then chances are it will. A recent study published in BMJ investigated the efficacy of several popular sleep drugs including Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata. The researchers concluded that the drugs worked as advertised for many people but that even more people who took a placebo pill also experienced positive benefits. There are some risks when taking sleep aids including the potential for addiction and certain side effects including memory loss, daytime sleepiness and increased risk of falls. Health problems usually arise when people take the drugs far longer than they are commonly prescribed. Also, in many instances, these drugs are overprescribed.
BOTTOM LINE: If you truly have insomnia (i.e., unable to get to sleep for several nights in a row), then taking sleeping pills may be warranted. Just be sure to follow the label recommendations for dosage amount and duration of usage.
Brian Danley, CFT
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