Of all the human conditions, sleep and insomnia are perhaps the most mysterious. Scientist’s are guessing as to why we sleep, and for what purposes, but one thing is certain, without out a sufficient amount of it, everyone is more or less heading for trouble.
The human sleep system is quite complicated. We are not wired for perfect sleep night after night. Our circadian sleep clocks will deliberately create small amounts of sleep deprivation to “set up” a better nights sleep for the following cycle. This ebb and flow can sometimes confuse people in thinking they have an insomnia problem when they actually don’t. Over time, this confusion, mixed with anxiety, can create a kind of phobia about not sleeping and produce an insomnia problem where none would otherwise exist.
We know that sleep issues can take a toll on a man’s sex life, but now a new study shows another sex-related reason to get enough Zzzs.
With upwards of 100 millions Americans struggling with with sleep disorders, it stands to reason that science will need to come up with new sleep treatments that challenge the 4.5 billion dollar sleeping pill industry.
Dec. 18, 2012 — Half of the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect, according to a major new study published in the British Medical Journal.
A recent study reports that the 6% to 10% of Americans using prescription sleeping pills such as zolpidem (Ambien), temazepam (Restoril), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata) are up to 35% more likely to develop some form of cancer, and far more likely to die prematurely, than those who take no prescription sleep aids whatsoever.
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