If you've ever wondered about how safe popping a few sleeping pills can actually be, you're not alone: In the last few years, researchers have linked the drugs to higher instances of early death, Alzheimer's, increased mortality, and most recently, a doubled risk of car crashes. Such facts make it tough to tell whether you should risk your health for a decent night's sleep. According to sleep specialists and neurologists, there's a smart way to use sleep remedies, whether they're the over-the-counter variety, or prescribed by your doctor. And while natural remedies will usually trump chemical concoctions, you can safely use these drugs as long as you follow a few guidelines, know your body, and understand their biggest risks.
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