Oct 19, 2010
Medications for Insomnia & Anxiety Increase Mortality
According to the Canadain Journal of Psychology seditive drug use has been associated with 36% increase in Mortality. Although the mechanisms by which sedatives contributed to increased mortality risk were undetermined, these drugs can impair reaction time, alertness, and coordination, thereby increasing the risk for falls and other accidents. Respiratory inhibition may aggravate sleep-disordered breathing, and central nervous system inhibition may impair judgment and increase the risk for suicide. Where possible, physicians should consider possibilities for nonpharmacological treatment of sleep disturbances and anxiety.
Deborah Wiancek, N.D. Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic www.healthref.com