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Impact of Anxiolytics on Life Expectancy: What do you really know?

You may have heard that sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs can be harmful, but do you know just how harmful? Recent research reveals that these drugs, often prescribed for stress and insomnia, could seriously affect your longevity.

Recent Studies on Anxiolytics and their Impact on Health

An American study of 10,529 people, led by Dr Daniel Kripke and published in BMJ OPEN, shows that those who regularly take sleeping pills have a risk of premature death 4.6 times higher than those who do not. This includes common medications such as benzodiazepines. Even moderate consumption, i.e. less than 18 tablets a year, triples this risk. Although she was unable to prove a direct cause-and-effect link, the correlation is strong enough to give cause for concern.

Other studies confirm these worrying results. According to a 2023 study of 484,916 adults published on PubMed, the use of sleeping pills is linked to an increased risk of mortality and reduced life expectancy, particularly among those who sleep too much or too little.

In addition, a study published by Springer warns against prescribing benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine agonists, such as eszopiclone, which are associated with early mortality and should be avoided in the treatment of insomnia, except in long-term controlled trials and palliative care.

Risks and side effects of Benzodiazepines

It's a wake-up call: it's time to rethink the use of sleeping pills and anxiolytics. As the University of Warwick points out, it's important to consider alternatives, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, to treat anxiety and insomnia without risking one's health.

Antianxiety drugs act on GABA and serotonin receptors, creating a dependency. It is advisable to limit their use to 3 months, and wean off gradually.


Natural Alternatives for Stress and Insomnia Management

For those seeking to reduce their dependence on medication, natural solutions exist. Yunova Pharma offers a range of products based on functional neuro-nutrition:

Gababiotic: A Natural Solution for Mental Wellness.

Containing probiotics and B vitamins, it helps regulate neurotransmitters and maintain normal psychological functions.

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With organic Rhodiola and Saffron extracts, Nutrineural Zen helps manage stress and regulate mood. Nutrineural Night: Composed of tryptophan, melatonin, lemon balm and passionflower, it promotes quality sleep.

For those looking to reduce their consumption of sleeping pills and anxiolytics, it's crucial to discuss healthier alternatives with a doctor. At Yunova Pharma, our mission is to promote more natural approaches to better mental health and longer life expectancy. Explore our natural solutions and embark on a safer health journey today.