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July 27

Topic: Natural Sleep Aids vs Prescription Sleeping Pills: What is best for your patients’ health and sleep quality?

Description: 4% of adults and 10% of Canadians over 65 yr. regularly take prescription sleeping medications for their insomnia and sleep disorders. Sleeping pill use increases with age and so do the associated risks — unsteadiness, falls, pneumonia, memory problems, unintentional overdoses when mixed with other medications, dependence and withdrawal. In fact, sleeping pill use may account for up to one-third of hip fractures in people 85 and older. (Dalhousie University – Dal News)

A 2012 study linked use of sleep aids to a higher risk of early death, even if people were prescribed fewer than 18 pills a year. People who were prescribed the most hypnotics were 35% more likely to develop a new cancer after about 2.5 years of follow-up, compared to non-users of these drugs. (https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/1/e000850.full?sid=f0956753-511d-4e70-9230-c1e8aa5df0d3)

A 2018 study also concluded that sleep medications are related to serious illnesses and premature deaths from cancer, serious infections - most commonly of the upper-respiratory system - mood disorders, accidental injuries, suicides and homicides. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4890308/)

In this webinar Dr. Meschino presents the clinical evidence showing the advantages of using more natural sleep aids versus OTC and prescription sleeping drugs (including THC from marijuana) for patients with sleep disturbances. Not only can natural agents help induce a deeper, more quality-based sleep, but they have secondary benefits for mood, improved memory and immune optimization, as well as brain protection, not seen with THC products or sleeping pills

Time: July 27th, 2021 12:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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