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Losing your mind while trying to sleep

Aug 15, 2019

Trying to get good sleep is a quest that many people are on, and some are just about willing to do anything to get it.  However, some remedies which can help you sleep, and have been prescribed to help you sleep can be a bigger problem later on down the line.


Recent research has found some rather strong correlations between using benzodiazepines (drugs commonly used for anxiety and insomnia) and development of dementia later in life.  Losing one’s mind to get some sleep now is not a good strategy.  Additionally, dependence on these kinds of drugs can and does happen frequently, meaning that you would have to take more of these over time for the same effect. 


Additionally, using a common allergy medication (diphenhydramine) to help insomnia seems to cause lower brain metabolism and higher brain atrophy.  This was seen on MRI and PET scan imaging by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers.


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