Sleeping tablet overuse ''can be harmful long-term''
People are putting their long-term health at risk by
self-medicating with sleeping tablets.
This is according to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which has
said too many adults are using pills without visiting their doctor
According to a survey carried out by the body, 30 per cent
admitted taking sleeping tablets for the last month without advice,
while 14 per cent have been on the medication for six months.
Speaking to BBC News, pharmacist Paul Johnson said: "It's worrying
that so many people are overusing sleeping remedies."
While he remarked pills can be effective for the treatment of
short-term problems, such as mild insomnia, they should never be
used for a significant period of time.
If the normal sleeping pattern is disturbed, then depression and
anxiety disorders can become an issue.
Instead, individual should look to use relaxation techniques and
consider purchasing a new mattress
in order to help them doze off.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes