The Daily Mail reports that new research reveals that common sleeping pills taken on a regular basis may increase the risk of lung cancer.

Sleeping pills taken by millions of people across the world could treble the risk of lung cancer, alarming new research shows.

The study warns that taking the drugs on a regular basis is linked to a higher rate of deadly tumours.

Findings from nearly 30,000 people also revealed they raise the risk of cancerous growths in the mouth, nose and windpipe.

Scientists said that the more sleep medication a person takes and the longer they are on them, the greater the danger.