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Sleeping pills don’t work after a year or two, new study finds [Video]

Relying on prescription sleeping pills to beat insomnia? They might help you reset your clock if used for a few weeks, but they’re often not the best option.

Because these medications do more harm than good when they become a habit, it’s generally recommended that people stop taking them after four weeks.

But the degree to which they actually help you get better sleep, particularly in the long run, is still being formally established.

Now, a simple new study has found that women using prescription sleeping pills to treat their insomnia got “no benefit” from the drugs in the long term.

The research, led by Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, found that “there was no difference in sleep quality or duration between those who did and didn’t take these meds for one to two years”.

The drugs examined in the study include benzodiazepines, Z-drugs which include zolpidem, zaleplon and eszopiclone, “as well as other agents mostly intended for other conditions (off-label …

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