According to the latest research, people who use sedative sleeping pills (Ambien) have almost double the risk of having car accidents, compared to people who do not use them. Researchers from the University of Washington found that people who took Ambien (zolpidem), Desyrel (trazodone) or Restoril (temazepam), had an increased risk of a car accident. Michael Grandner, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, didn’t participate in this study, but he said that experts already knew for some consequences of sleeping pills, but it this study found even more.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration required lower doses (recommended) of Ambien products in order to reduce the daytime drowsiness. They also recommend people who take the pills to avoid driving, after they took Ambien CR. According to Dr. Christopher Winter, sleeping pills are a serious problem. Hey also proved that many doctors don’t know how to treat sleep patients.
The first step for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. This treatment should reprogram your brain, so you can sleep. Despite this, many doctors recommend medications as the first step against insomnia. Cognitive behavioral therapy is much better and much safer therapy than medications. If you have insomnia, you should seek for the insomnia expert.
The researchers in the study analyzed more than 40.000 car accidents in the Washington state. They found that the risk of having an accident, after you took a sleeping pill, is high as you are drunk. The most common antidepressant used by people with insomnia is trazodone. The second most used is temazepam. Many Americans focus on sleep and when they will sleep, instead of focusing on sleep quality.