Sleep now, break your bones later
You know how some nursing homes are. Lights out means LIGHTS OUT, even if that means mixing sleeping pills into the punch to make it happen. Snoozing seniors are much easier to care for -- and when they're easier to care for, they're CHEAPER to care for.
But if you're laid up in one of these joints, you might want to make a break for it now -- before something else breaks first.
Common sleep meds such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata can increase your risk of cracking your hip like a twig, leading the odds ratio of having a hip fracture among seniors in care facilities to increase to 1.9, according to a new analysis of more than 1 million Medicare patients.
That's for new users of the meds. Take them for a while and the increase falls until it's "only" 70 percent overall -- but that's still about 70 percent higher than it should be.
A fractured hip isn't just a serious injury for seniors. It's a world of pain followed by limited mobility and even permanent disability -- and seniors who suffer those bad breaks face a higher risk of death in the months that follow.
But you don't have to be in a nursing home to want to pass on sleep meds, because bone breaks are nothing compared to some of the other risks that come with these drugs. In one study the risk of death was a staggering 5 times higher for those taking the most sleeping pills when compared to those who hadn't popped any of the pills.
I know for some of you it may be tempting to go ahead and take that risk anyway. There aren't many feelings in the world worse than sleepless night after sleepless night after sleepless night.
But you can get the rest without the risk. The fact is there are simple, all-natural solutions that could have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Click here to learn more about the key to calm, relaxing sleep, night after night.
But let me get back to your bones right now -- because there's another common drug that can crack ‘em like a wishbone, and it's one that's becoming increasingly popular.