When most people think of a pill addiction, sleeping pills are not usually their first thought. The seemingly innocuous nature of this sleep aid is what makes the risk of addiction all the more dangerous.
There are three categories that sleeping pills, also known as ‘hypnotics,’ can belong to: benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepines, and the less commonly prescribed barbiturates.
According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S., the number of ER visits attributed to non-benzodiazepines containing zolpidem rose from 22,000 to more than 42,000 within a five year span.
Women in particular appear to be more likely to develop a dependency than men.
Another study revealed the risk of mortality and many types of cancer in patients taking hypnotics was much higher than in members of the control group. Even more troubling is that a yearly dose that amounted to no more than 18 doses was still linked to an increase in mortality.
Subjects who were given higher doses were found to have seen an increase in cancers by 35%.
Sleeping pills are designed to provide short-term relief from sleep issues. Many people often abuse them, using sleeping pills for much longer periods than recommended. Soon a dependency is formed and when the intake of sleeping pills is stopped, patients experience withdrawal symptoms.
Common sleeping pill addiction and withdrawal symptoms include:
- the return of insomnia
- cravings for the sleeping pills
- depression and anxiety
- nausea and vomiting
- sweating and uncontrollable shaking
In the most extreme cases, overuse of sleeping pills has been linked to accidental death. The risk of death is raised when sleeping pills are mixed with other substances like alcohol or painkillers. Though drug companies and medical professionals have repeatedly warned against this lethal combination, many patients do not take these warnings seriously. By the time the drugs have taken effect, it can be too late.
Go Natural Instead!
Prescription medications are not the only option available to insomniacs to stop the cycle of sleepless nights. Natural sleep aids are potent and good for your health!
Zenbev’s Restbites, Drink Mix and our brand new zzzBar are all natural sleep aids made with organic ingredients. At the very top of the list is flour made from pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid. When consumed, tryptophan’s effect on the body can promote sleepiness.
Clinical evidence supports the effectiveness of Zenbev products. While strong pharmaceuticals carry a laundry list of side effects and risks, our natural sleep products are kind to the body proving there is absolutely no need to rely on dangerous drugs to reclaim your sleep cycle.
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