Sleep medicine “helps you to sleep better” according to a new study, and it could help people sleep better and keep them awake longer.
The study of nearly 3,000 adults aged between 16 and 70 was conducted by the University of Queensland and has been published in the Journal of Sleep Research.
The researchers, from the Sleep Medicine Institute at the University, say they found a link between sleep medicine and “a reduction in anxiety” in adults with chronic sleep disorders.
It could be that sleep-inducing substances can “relieve anxiety” for those who are struggling to sleep, said Dr Paul Smith, senior researcher at the Sleep and Circadian Disorders Institute at UQ and lead author of the study.
Sleep medicine “relieves anxiety” by helping people to sleep longer.
Read more”Sleep medicine is not a magic pill that will make you sleep easier or give you a better night’s sleep.
It is a way of life that has been around for thousands of years and is still used today.”
The research team looked at the outcomes of a survey of 3,013 adults who were interviewed in 2015 and again in 2019.
Participants were asked about their use of sleep medicines, including their frequency and effectiveness, and their sleep quality and sleep history.
Dr Smith said there was a “paucity of evidence” about the effects of sleep medicine in the United States, which is one of the biggest consumer markets for sleep medicines.
“The most important takeaway is that these results are consistent with a growing body of evidence indicating that sleep medicine is safe and effective, and that it may help people with chronic disorders like sleep apnea and sleep disorders to sleep,” he said.
“It’s a great start to a discussion about sleep medicine, and we hope that other research will help us to find ways of increasing the availability and quality of sleep.”
Dr Smith, who is also an associate professor of sleep science at the School of Medical Sciences at UO, said the findings were significant.
“This study shows that sleep medicines are not as safe as previously thought, and the results could be a wake-up call for all sleep experts, sleep researchers and sleep health professionals,” he wrote in an email.
“Sleep is one place where people with sleep disorders, including sleep apneas and sleep related conditions like insomnia, have the lowest quality of life.”
“We need to continue to monitor the effectiveness of sleep interventions in order to understand how they can be effective and be taken more seriously,” he added.
“We can also do a lot better to help our patients who have sleep disorders.”
Sleep medicines are used in Australia and around the world for several conditions, including narcolepsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a host of other conditions.
The National Sleep Foundation said sleep medicines were an important part of the health care system and “help patients to sleep through the night”.
“In addition to treating sleep apnoea, sleep medicines may also help people manage their anxiety, depression, stress and sleep disturbances,” it said.
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