Effects of sleeping tablets

What would happen to 100 people like you take sleeping tablets for more than a week?


The potential benefits and harms of sleeping tablets are shown in this Cates plot, a 'smiley face' plot designed to visually communicate the risks and benefits of treatment: Click here for more info.


This is in primary insomnia vs placebo in people aged over 60 years. Adapted from Glass J, Lanctot Kl, Herrman N, Sproule BA, Busto  UE. Sedative hypnotics in older people with insomnia: meta-analysis of risks and benefits. BMJ 2005; 331:1169-75.