Half the impact of sleeping pills "is due to placebo effect: Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medication

Half the impact of sleeping pills 'is due to placebo effect': Findings cast doubt over effectiveness of medicationStudy finds 'placebo affect' is behind much of the drug's benefitSleeping pills have wide range of side effects, such as memory loss and imbalanceScientists urge insomnia sufferers to seek out psychological treatment PUBLISHED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:08 GMT, 21 December 2012 Placebo: Much of the effects of sleeping pills are in the mind , according to a new report Around half the benefit of taking sleeping pills comes from the placebo effect – where people get better even when they are taking a ‘dummy’ drug, according to a study.