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Should I take sleeping pills?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sleep aids are not a complete solution to your sleep problem. They are typically designed to be short-term relief from sleep deprivation. But they don't fix the cause, and, in fact, they often don't provide the kind of deep, natural sleep you really need.

For example, if it turns out that depression is the root cause of your sleeping problem, and not lifestyle, antidepressants might be what you need to sleep better. On the flip side, if you learn that you have sleep apnea, sleep aids could actually be dangerous.

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