These ‘happy pills’ WON’T help you sleep!
You’re so bleary that you might not even realize how your doctor just insulted you.
But if he put you on antidepressants for a sleep problem, that’s exactly what he did.
He’s either thinking your problem is “in your head”… or he’s just hoping that the side effects of some of these meds will knock you out.
That’s not just insulting and lazy.
It’s flat-out wrong, as new research shows how this insane approach to sleep disorders simply doesn’t work.
It doesn’t work a little… and it doesn’t even work enough to make it worth a shot.
It doesn’t work — period!
The new analysis of 23 studies finds ZERO evidence that supports putting folks on antidepressant drugs to help them snooze.
The research, published in the highly respected Cochrane Systematic Reviews Library, finds only low-quality evidence that some meds could help in the short term.
And it found no evidence at all — not even low-quality evidence — that these drugs will help a long-term battle with pillow problems.
This shouldn’t be surprising.
I haven’t seen a high-quality study yet that proves these drugs can help you get the sleep you need.
Yet reckless doctors push the meds anyway — and not just for insomnia.
Some docs will throw antidepressants at ANY condition they can’t figure out, from pain to sleep to migraines.
It’s as if they think these are magic pills.
In reality, most of them don’t even work very well for the depression they were designed to treat!
Don’t let a doctor’s inability to figure out the cause of your own sleep problems ruin your nights.
The answer to most sleep problems, especially insomnia, is never an antidepressant. And despite what you’ve heard, it’s not a “sleep aid” either.
Some of these drugs might help you sleep MORE, but they won’t help you sleep BETTER. They don’t improve quality – and in return for just a little extra sleep, you could suffer brain-bending side effects including cognitive problems.
For short-term sleep problems, there are better answers, including herbal therapies such as valerian, chamomile, and passionflower. You can often find all three in a single supplement or available as a pleasant evening tea.
Melatonin (a.k.a. the “sleep hormone”) can also work wonders.
In many cases, however, insomnia is a symptom that something else in your body needs attention. In older patients, it’s often – but not always – a hormonal issue that can be tested and treated naturally by a skilled holistic medical doctor.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in the area? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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