“A provocative new study finds that people who take prescription sleeping pills — even once in a while — have a higher death risk than non-users.” says Daniel DeNoon for WebMD.
“The sleeping pills in question are known as hypnotics. They include newer drugs such as zolpidem (the best known brand name is Ambien) as well as older drugs such as temazepam (the best known brand name is Restoril).”
Yikes! Instead of resorting to sleeping pills, admittedly a quick and easy fix, we should instead take care of ourselves. When we do that, the natural sleep cycle will fall into place. Some simple things you can do according to Byan Bruno, MD, chair of psychiatry at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, is to have “a regular bedtime, a regular time to wake, avoiding naps, avoiding extreme physical exercise in the evening, and saving the bedroom for sleep.”
Though not always easy, these simple steps do lead to better sleep, and improve your health overall.