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WATCH | Sleeping pills 'do not work as a long-term solution to insomnia'

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A study from the Brigham Women's Hospital in Boston analysed two years worth of data from nearly 700 middle-aged women and found that using sleep medication didn't help them sleep better in the long term than women who didn't use prescription pills. 

Researchers explain that while prescription pills are prescribed for a short period, many patients take them for years and suggest that people with insomnia should receive cognitive behavioural therapy to help them sleep instead of long-term medication.

The study's findings give pause for thought to prescribing clinicians and patients thinking about taking prescription meds for sleep disturbances. 

*Additional information compiled by Tauhira Dean, Health24

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