Sleeping Pill Usage Linked to Cancer and Death Risk

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70959e21s5sd8myA new study by researchers at the world renowned Scripps Clinic in San Diego shows that those who rely on sleeping pills to get a good night’s rest experience a 4.6 times higher risk of death, and those who regularly use sleeping pills also have a significant increase in cancer cases.

Daniel Kripka, MD, of the Viterbi Family Sleep Center at Scripps Health in San Diego, said that the study shows that “sleeping pills are hazardous to your health and might cause death by contributing to the occurrence of cancer, heart disease and other ailments.” Co-author of the study, Robert D. Langer, MD, MPH, of the Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine in Jackson, Wyoming, said “We tried every practical strategy to make these associations go away, thinking that they could be due to use by people with more health problems, but no matter what we did the associations with higher mortality held.”

The sleeping aid segment of the pharmaceutical industry grew 23 percent in the United States between 2006 and 2010, which is a disturbing trend, especially in light of this most recent study. So for people who are having difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep, what alternative is there to taking a potentially life-endangering drug?

The first consideration should be finding out the cause for the sleep issues. There are a myriad of causes possible, and the sleep issues may even be caused by a combination of factors. If there are underlying health issues, those need to be addressed. Also, many people today engage in mentally stimulating activities right up until bedtime (television, games, computers, etc.), and should ideally be preparing for bed several hours before retiring for the night by doing relaxing activities like listening to calming music, taking a warm bath, meditating, or doing some other type of nurturing activity. Also, the bedroom should be treated as a sanctuary, a place of respite.  If at all possible, the bedroom should be clear of clutter, electronics (especially televisions and computers), and exercise equipment. All of those things could cause stimulation and anxiety and prevent a restful sleep. And naturally, one should avoid chemical stimulants in the evening such as caffeine, chocolate, alcohol – all of which can disrupt sleep.

Many of our customers (myself included) have found the Infratonic devices to be very helpful with sleep issues. Placing the device directly on the chest or stomach seems to aid in relaxing the body and mind and improve sleep (with no side effects). To read testimonials on using Infratonic Therapy for insomnia, click here.

To read more on the Scripps study, click here.

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