A study conducted by researchers from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been warning people having difficulty in sleeping might be risking their health, according to a report revealed recently.
The team has noted a significant increase in the consumption of sleeping pills. While in 2007/08, 14.5 million prescriptions were given, 2010/11 saw 15.3 million. Alongside, it has been found that 25% all adults suffer sleeping issues with some 10% having insomnia. The figures hint use of pills by patients of sleeping disorder.
It is being said that some 30% of insomniacs take remedies for a month or more without consulting their doctor. Also, 14% people with sleeping issues take the same for more than six months. And unknowingly but of course, they are underlying some or the other health issue.
Almost 2,000 people were enrolled by the team for the study, which has shed light over the fact that 80% of patients of insomnia are risked at either a heart disease or asthma. Both need an immediate treatment. Also, some people risk themselves at mental health issues such as depression.
"It's never a good idea to take any medicine long-term as a result of self-diagnosis, as you can end up treating a symptom rather than addressing the root cause”, said a pharmacist, Paul Johnson.
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