Sleeping pills not helpful for insomnia

Sleeping pills provide no real benefit for insomnia and are counter productive.

A new study has found hypnotic drugs temporarily alleviate the problem of poor sleep but bring longer-term problems such as drug dependence.

About a third of all Australians suffer from insomnia: difficulty falling asleep and/or maintaining sleep, resulting in impaired daytime functioning.

The researchers said insomnia could be prevented by practicing good sleeping habits, such as only using the bedroom for sleep.

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