We all know a lot from our own experience how destructive and harmful the effects of sleeping disorders can be. Having no proper and restful sleep at night is linked to increased tiresome, increased sensitivity to stresses, inability to preform and focus, inability to make decisions and look for effective solutions for our daily problems, inability to be fully active and 100 per cent effective in our daily tasks. In addition to that, sleep problems and disorders are linked to increased risk of many serious diseases including cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, mental and psychological disorders, and so on. A chronic lack of proper sleep can have serious effects, that is why we’re trying to do everything possible in order to prevent it and use effective techniques and approaches to support our sleep.
Thus, using sleeping pills is a choice of many modern people who are in desperate need of a fast solution for sleep disorders. A sleeping pill can be a good treatment for providing us some good sleep for some period of time. However, it is not recommended to use sleeping pills for long since it also linked with certain risks and harmful effects, similar to the ones of having improper sleep every night. Are there safe sleeping pills, some of us may wonder? A group of the scientists at the University of California, San Diego, tried to find an answer to this question and conducted a study on 33,000 people analyzing the effects of common sleeping pills like zolpidem, zaleplon and zopiclone. The first findings of the study have shown too low effectiveness of these drugs, along with their being very highly addictive. It is estimated that in our times, over 1.5 million of British citizens suffer from high addiction to sleeping pills making this a quite big and serious problem, both on personal and social levels.
As further analysis has shown, using sleeping pills was linked with increased risk for memory impairment and Alzheimer’s risk. It is estimated that those people over 65 who are addicted to sleeping pills have up to 50 per cent higher risk of suffering from dementia like brain disorders. Finally, as it is stated in the report about the study, using sleeping pills is linked to increased cancer risk, and even to increased risk of premature death. The scientists came to the conclusion that most likely there is not such thing as safe sleeping pills, and it is quite risky to put our brain through this extra chemical treatment to induce sleep. The truth is: we know very little about what our brain is and how it works, but it is obvious that treating out brain with such chemicals which are designed to alter its natural condition is linked to plenty of health risks and possible physical damage.
This can be said not only about old and commonly used sleeping pills like the ones based on boosting production of GABA in our brain (a chemical that helps us feel more relaxed and sleepy), but even the latest ones like Suvorexant, which is promised to be one of the safe sleeping pills since it works smaller brain area, but at the same time help us fall asleep 40 per cent faster and allow us sleep 40 per cent longer. Unfortunately, it is going to have plenty of side effects. ‘It blocks a compound called orexin that is involved in sleep, but also controls appetite. Mice given the drug have put on a lot of weight,’ Daniel Kripke, professor of psychiatry emeritus at the University of California, commented. Besides, just like all sleeping pills, this one is going to be highly addictive since it is a property of all Z-drugs. Remember that using sleeping pills is linked to side effects like increased risk of cancer, addictiveness, Alzheimer’s risk, and other negative effects.