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Do Sleeping Pills Live Up to Their Promises?

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  • The drug Belsomra is a questionable insomnia treatment at best. In clinical trials, the drug allowed people to fall asleep six minutes sooner than those taking a placebo, and stay asleep 16 minutes longer
  • Previous research found Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata reduced the average time it takes to fall asleep by about 13 minutes compared to placebo, while increasing total sleep time by about 11 minutes
  • In a six-month period, FDA received 1,000 consumer complaints about Belsomra. Many complained it didn’t work. Others reported sleep paralysis, next-day drowsiness, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts

By Dr. Mercola

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