A research study conducted at San Diego's Viterbi Family Sleep Center, revealed that if an individual takes 1-18 sleeping pills over a span of a year and indeed the ones that are prescribed to them for any reason, are at a 3.5% higher risk of early death than adults who are not prescribed any sleeping pills.
A study that was conducted on the same subject in the past, showed results that stated; taking even one sleeping pill over the course of a year increases the risk of early death, whereas, this recent study negated such results.
The researches at the Family Sleep Center also put forward, that there is an increased risk for those who take 3sleeping pills or more during a week.
Participants in the study who took sleeping pills were also found to have higher rates of asthma, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Thus, be it the earlier researches or this recent one, both bring us to the same conclusion; sleeping pills are not without risks and should be used cautiously.