Heard all the warnings about how not enough sleep is going to kill you early?
Congratulations -- you're screwed.
Because a new study has found taking sleeping pills is cutting years off your life.
Specifically, the study of 12,000 Canadians over 12 years found "death rates" were 36 percent higher among sleeping pill users even when accounting for other health risk factors and socio-economic issues.
So, don't sleep ... and you die.
Take a pill to keep yourself from not sleeping ... and you die.
Congratulations, scientists. You've just figured out the one certain thing in life.
You're gonna die.
The big failing in this study is its failure to distinguish between heavy users and people who pop an occasional pill. So there's no way to tell if an Ambien for a week after granny dies is as bad as one every day for the last six months.
And let's get back to all those warnings against kicking it insomniac style -- increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- A lower immune system
Looking at the two lists side by side, I've got to say I'm leaning toward that occasional snooze pill to get me through the rough spots.
What? I'm going to die anyway.
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