A man is laying in bed, covering his face with his hands as he yawn. Sleep-disturbance warning on drugs seek to prevent scenarios like this one.

Clinical trials contradict the results of drugs with sleep-disturbance warnings.

People have to be very careful about the medicine they use. Many drugs come with side effects and warnings that can have a severe impact on your health. It can be more troublesome when the warnings on the label are incorrect. Researchers have discovered that many of the medications that carry sleep-disturbance warnings do not seem to affect the quality of one’s sleep.

Assessing the Accuracy of Sleep-Disturbance Warnings

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep paralysis, and narcolepsy can have a detrimental effect on your daily life. Sleep apnea has been known to cause headaches, daytime sleepiness, and mood changes. Prolonged treatment of these disorders has also led to other health problems.

Many drugs are labeled as “Sleep Disturbing” after they have been tested in clinical trials. However, some scientists believe that these sleep-disturbance warnings are far from accurate. Anna-Therese Lehnich and her colleagues of the University of Duisburg-Essen in German sought to discover the truth behind the discrepancies.

Lehnich and her colleagues analyzed information on 4,221 individuals, ranging from 45 to 75 years old. They found there was no correlation between the drugs and sleep disturbance. Many of the people taking these drugs had no problems that were related to sleep disturbance.

“We found that drugs labeled as sleep disturbing do not contribute strongly to the high frequency of sleep disturbances in the general population. Moreover, the intake of several sleep disturbing drugs at the same time barely led to more sleep disturbances at night,” said Lehnich.

Clinical trials

This study calls into question the results of clinical trials. Perhaps the test group was not large enough to provide accurate information, or the individual may have had preexisting conditions. However, scientists do know that the clinical trials for the drugs with sleep disturbance warnings do not reflect the general population. More accurate trials need to take place in order to properly inform the public about a possible drug side effects.