Remember the days when you could drift off in minutes, ‘sleep like a baby,’ and enjoy the nightly escape without worry or effort? Does sleep now seem infinitely harder to come by? For many people the answer to that question is yes...
Mammals, birds, many reptiles and most fish all share at least one common activity: sleep. The fact that so many creatures spend time sleeping is a pretty good indication that, like breathing and eating, sleep is essential to sustain life and health.
To get a good night’s sleep, many people will do almost anything, which includes millions
reaching for sleeping pills. Trouble is, there’s mounting evidence of dangers that may be far worse than anyone could have imagined. While I’ve always advised my patients to avoid drugs to induce sleep, the message needs to get out to a wider audience, which is why I encourage everyone to spread the word about the potentially devastating effects sleeping pills can have on both short and long-term health.
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