Catch a Falling Star

Florence Cardinal Health Guide
  • We lose so many of our shining stars too soon. But is it so surprising? These are people who live on the edge, always on an emotional high. They burn with a perpetual fire. Is it any wonder that sometimes they burn out?


    Some are, obviously, suicides. Others die from accidental drug overdoses, and here we aren't necessarily speaking of street drugs like heroine and cocaine. Many times the drugs involved are prescription drugs ordered by the star's own doctor.



    With the fast paced life these people live, it's no surprise that often sleep drugs are involved. It must be almost impossible for these people to shut down their minds long enough to fall asleep without some sort of help.

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    Anna Nicole Smith is but the latest in the line. An autopsy revealed that her body contained a soup of prescription drugs, and at least one of them, Chloral hydrate, was related to sleep.


    Chloral hydrate was once used for the treatment of insomnia but has been, for the most part, replaced by newer drugs/ Chloral hydrate is used mostly now in veterinary practice. An overdose can cause confusion, slow or irregular breathing, cardiac arrhythmia and convulsions.



    A third star who succumbed, apparently, to the need for sleep was Marilyn Monroe. She died of a lethal dose of sleeping pills on August 4th, 1962. Another star who appeared to be on a perpetual high, Marilyn Monroe was beset by doubts and personal problems.


    Her marriages and affairs seemed to tumble down around her ears, there were rumors of numerous abortions and intrigue. Mysteries even surround her death, a missing note, an unexplained ambulance ride and the possibility of a connection to high political positions.



    Let's go back even further, to the 1970s and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix was a user of hallucinogenic drugs, especially LSD, he led a troubled life, sometimes in no condition to make his concert appearances. Yet, it wasn't the LSD that killed him. For years he'd been using both speed and sleeping pills to turn himself on and off. It was an overdose of the sleeping pill Vesperax (secobarbital) that took his life. Vesperax causes numerous problems, including confusion, nausea and vomiting and difficulty breathing.



    One more in the line up, this one from way back in 1969. Judy Garland died at the young age of 47, the victim of - you've got it - an overdose of sleeping pills. Remember Judy? The pretty little star of The Wizard of Oz. She was bursting with energy, another star that must have found it difficult to wind down, difficult to sleep without an increasing dose of sleeping pills.


    There are more, but you get the idea. A fast-paced life is sometimes difficult to slow down, even for the need for sleep. Celebrities often suffer from insomnia. Celebrities take sleeping pills, and sometimes they take too many.

Published On: April 14, 2007