Best Insomnia Sleep Aid Is… a Placebo

By on October 20, 2015
Best Insomnia Sleep Aid May Be a Placebo

Looking for the Best Insomnia Sleep Aid? You might be surprised to find that the best one might just be… a placebo. At least compared to prescription sleeping drugs. It’s well-known that prescription insomnia pills lose their effectiveness after 12 months of continuous use, so a new study working on solutions to remedy this problem found that merely going through the ritual of TAKING a sleeping pill, even if that sleeping pill has nothing in it, was found to aid people’s sleep just as much as actually taking a sleeping pill.

Taking a Pill Lessens Anxiety Over Not Being Able to Sleep

It seems that one of the prime factors in not getting enough sleep is ANXIETY over not getting enough sleep! So, taking a sleeping pill can help to ensure that anxiety is lessened, and sleep is often improved because of it. Unfortunately, ethical questions prevents doctors from merely giving placebos to the 9 million people taking sleeping pills.

So, maybe, if just taking a pill is what people need to get to sleep, maybe natural and Beneficial Melatonin would be a better choice than spending millions of health care dollars on getting dangerous sleeping pills and unnecessary doctor’s visits. Just a thought.


The Best insomnia Sleep aid is a placebo

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“For three weeks, his team divided 55 adult insomniacs into three camps: one given a 10 or 5mg mg pill of zolpidem – the chemical name for Ambien – every night, another treated with three to five 10 mg pills every week, and the third group given 10 mg pills, only half of which were real, and ordered to take one every night.

After 12 weeks, results were compared. The daily dosed subjects and those taking the placebo fared similarly well.

Perlis noted that it was not just knowledge that the patient would be taking a pill that helped the placebo group relax, but the routine of seeing and swallowing it. Ethical issues remain: would potential patients be informed that they are taking a placebo, and how would that affect the effectiveness of the treatment and the trust between doctor and patient?

But the scientific community has broadly welcomed the research, noting that placebos were always likely to be effective in a problem that is largely self-induced by the insomniacs’ anxiety. A landmark 2013 British survey of doctors, showed that 97 percent still prescribe placebos, most of them on a weekly basis. While a minority give out sugar pills, most use real medicines, given to patients for incorrect conditions, to induce a psychological recovery, fob off hypochondriacs, and help those whose illnesses remain impossible to diagnose. Nearly nine out ten doctors said they did not tell their patients they were giving them a placebo.”

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About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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