Fifty years ago, when people couldn’t sleep they would often resort to alcohol in one form or another to help them relax.
Today, most know alcohol isn’t the answer.
Instead, they go to their doctor and become addicted to sleeping pills.
Did you know that benzodiazepine sleep drugs used to have a label that warned they were only to be taken for two weeks?
Ativan, one of the most common benzos was first approved in 1977. Yet Medscape admits that “The efficacy of lorazepam for long-term use (i.e., longer than 4 months) as an anxiolytic has not been evaluated.”
Come on! They’ve had over three decades to do a long term study.
Do you want to know the reason why they haven’t done a study? They don’t want you to know that Ativan, Xanax, Valium and Librium are highly addictive. I’ve watched patients suffer benzo withdrawal – it’s a nightmare!
There are about 100 drugs approved for insomnia by FDA. Probably none have been studied for long term effects.
At least with the alcoholic nightcap… people knew what they were taking.
Of course, even better than drugs and alcohol is magnesium. Yes, it’s my solution for everything! But if you’re suffering a deficiency of magnesium you can’t expect your muscles to relax.
That’s why, before any other sleeping remedy (natural or otherwise), I recommend you make sure you’re getting as much magnesium as you need. Don’t assume 500mg is enough. You may need 1000mg!
Either way, try magnesium before anything else.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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