Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Life Arts

Sleeping Pill Death Linked to Obesity.

By       Message David Mayen       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 7/27/12

Author 55995
- Advertisement -

 

For those who are obese, taking as little as 18 sleeping pills per year can increase the markers for premature death up to five times the national average, compared to people taking Ambien or unesta but  not overweight.

"Obese patients appear particularly vulnerable, perhaps through interaction with sleep apnea," said study co-author Daniel Kripke, a psychiatrist with Scripps Clinic's Viterbi Family Sleep Center in San Diego.

"The associations between sleeping pills and increased mortality were present, and relatively stronger, even in people aged 18 to 54," said Dr. Langer, a family physician and epidemiologist with the Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine in Jackson, Wyo.

- Advertisement -

"Obesity emerged as a marker of increased vulnerability," said Robert Langer, M.D., M.P.H., at the annual American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention | Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions in San Diego.

And the risk appears to be higher for men.

Men who ingested sleeping pills like Ambien or Lunesta were nearly twice as likely to die as women, after accounting for other co- factors.

- Advertisement -

These new findings were the latest to emerge from a Scripps Clinic-led study of almost 40,000 patients, which was initially published in late February in the open-access online journal BMJ Open.

The biggest challenge, however is the withdrawal problems associated with taking sleeping pills.  One of the major side effects of these medications is politely called "rebound insomnia". Depending upon the duration and dosage, rebound insomnia equates to little to no sleep for between 4 and 12 days. This puts massive strain an already taxed heart and cardiovascular system. Sadly after several nights of little to no sleep, most insomnia sufferers give up and continue taking the medications, sometimes for years.

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback has been gaining ground as the first-line treatment for helping people successfully ween off of sleeping pills. Two sensors are placed on patients scalp, and the brainwaves responsible for the potential origination of the insomnia are detected. The really interesting thing about neurofeedback is that it can retrain the patients brainwaves and normalized their sleep architecture very quickly, and without the use of medications whatsoever.

The other considerable challenge for obese insomniacs is that the brain hormones responsible for feeling hungry and full go haywire when sleep is abnormal. This means that loosing weight is all but impossible until healthy sleep is reestablished.

 

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

David A. Mayen serves as founder and CEO of the Sleep Recovery Centers. He is an EEG Spectum Intl. Graduate and holds certifications in advanced neurofeedback,neuro-anatomy and neurophysiology, psycho-pharmacology as well as alpha theta training (more...)
 

David Mayen Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Quitting Ambien: Study Shows High Cancer Risk.

Using Medical Marijuana for Insomnia: Maybe Not the Best Choice.

Fisher Wallace vs. Neurofeedback for Insomnia.

Chronic Sleep Problems: Why Pilot Insomnia Leads to Psychosis.

Insomnia Treatment: A New Approach Without Drugs.

Snoring Husband From Hell: Why Your Brain Can't Shut It Off.