Technology may be the safest prescription for sleep disorders
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s sudden death at the age of 50 due to complications born of what was proven to be a sustained and reckless nightly regimen of Propofol, an intravenously administered amnestic agent.
But in recent days, new details have come to light surrounding the King of Pop's unexpected passing. And they are startling, even in the world of an entertainment icon who was no stranger to shocking the public.
According to provocative new comments from Dr. Charles Czeisler, a Harvard Medical School sleep expert who testified last week in the wrongful-death trial of concert promoter AEG Live, Michael Jackson may have been the only human being ever subjected to nearly two consecutive months of sleep deprivation.
"The symptoms that Mr. Jackson was exhibiting were consistent with what someone might expect to see of someone suffering from total sleep deprivation over a chronic period," Dr. Czeisler explained.
As a direct result of Propofol abuse, and the REM sleep that he was deprived of, Michael Jackson's mental and physical health deteriorated to such an alarming degree that some experts believe his death was inevitable even if the alleged Propofol overdose hadn't occurred on June 25th, 2009.
News of Jackson's severe sleep deprivation has sent shockwaves through the massive global population of sleep drug devotees. Although most insomniacs do not use Propofol, millions routinely rely upon a comprehensive array of prescription and over-the-counter medicinal aids that, while "safe," could still pose potential threats to one's health over time.
Physician, bestselling author, and acclaimed television host Dr. Mehmet Oz says many sleep aids succeed in getting people to sleep, but in the process, they often deprive users of REM sleep, which is vital to one's health on multiple levels.Continued on the next page