So you need a little more sleep, your Doctor prescribes a sleeping pill and you are a happy camper with that little pill. You ignore the groggy mornings and the fuzziness. Can you ignore the increased potential of Death? In a recently published study from the British Medical Journal the BMJ Open Journal, evidence has been found to link the use of sleeping pills to increased death rate amoung the users.
This study was carried out in the US, led by Daniel Kripke from the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla CA. It studied the population severed by the largest rural integrated healthcare system in America in Pennsylvania over a 2 1/2 year period. Researchers compared the death rates of more than 10,500 people who received sleeping pill prescriptions with those of more than 23,600 others who did not receive such sleeping medications. The groups were matched for health and other factors such as age, gender, smoking, body mass index, ethnicity, marital status, alcohol use and prior cancer.
The results found that patients prescribed any hypnotic (sleeping pill) had substantially elevated hazards of dying compared to those prescribed no hypnotics. Receiving hypnotic prescriptions was associated with greater than threefold increase hazards of death even when prescribed less than 18 pills per year. Patients taking between 18 and 132 doses or more per year had a risk of death more than 5 times those that did not take the sleeping pills.
There have been several reason put forth to explain the higher death rates, such as use of the pills hiding symptoms of disease. Sleeplessness is a sign of some diseases and is often overlooked as such. Treating the sleeplessness with sleeping pills rather than looking further into possible causes has covered up diseases that when discovered have moved to worse stages had they been discovered earlier. And there has been an association between sleeping pill use and higher cancer rates although they had not been at greater risk of cancer prior to taking the pills.
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