Sleep meds can worsen heart failure

Heart disease and sleep disorders are found together so frequently you might think they were sharing a pillow.

Lack of sleep can cause damage in the body such as chronic inflammation, which in turn contributes to heart disease. And heart disease, of course, can make it difficult to sleep.

As a result, heart patients often turn to sleep meds for help.

All I can say is, don't.

Not only are these drugs dangerous even for perfectly healthy patients, as I just mentioned, but they can be especially risky for heart patients.

And if you happen to have heart failure, these drugs can hurt or kill you, as new research finds the meds can up the risk of cardiovascular events and even death by as much as 800 percent.

I don't know about you, but that would certainly keep me up at night.

Of course, the mainstream is acting stunned by the research, but I don't see what the fuss is all about here. Sleep meds -- especially benzodiazepines -- are known to slow heart function and disrupt normal breathing patterns.

That's bad news for healthy patients. But for heart patients, as the new study shows, those side effects can be downright catastrophic.

So while mainstream docs say we need more research and claim that heart patients should keep taking their sleep meds until then, I say it's time for a new approach to sleep disorders.

There are safe, natural and proven drug-free solutions for sleep that won't put your life on the line -- and they can work for heart patients and healthy patients alike.

You can read about some of the best options in this free report from my House Calls archives. But if you're a heart patient, of course don't trying anything new without speaking to a doctor first.

I recommend working with an experienced holistic physician. If you're in Southern California, you can make an appointment to see me at my clinic in the San Diego area.

Not in the area? I'm also available over the phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to schedule a consultation.