Get Rid of Your Sleeping Pills NOW!

An interesting report in today's Journal of the American Medical Association dealt another deadly blow to the need for any drug-based solution to combat sleep problems, even though Americans are apparently taking more of them than ever and without regard for the dangerous and, sometimes, embarrassing concerns.

The Norwegian study compared the effect of zopiclone (Imovane), a drug similar to Lunesta, on 46 adults (over age 55) with chronic sleep problems, as compared to a placebo and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Although patients in all three groups slept about the same amount of time, the CBT group reduced the time they spent waiting for sleep, improving their sleep efficiency by an hour. And those benefits enjoyed by the CBT group grew with time, based on a six-month followup. On the other hand, the overall sleep efficiency of patients who got to sleep with the help of a pill worsened slightly.

Aging is not the cause of most sleep disorders. Fact is, the health problems blamed on aging and the drugs prescribed to "cure" them are, more than likely, the real culprits. If you're looking for safer, effective and drug-free ways to hit the hay, I urge you to review my 29 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep guide today.

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 295, No. 24, June 28, 2006: 2851-2858 Free Full Text Article

Forbes.com June 27, 2006

MSNBC June 28, 2006

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