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Are Your ADHD Meds Keeping You Up at Night?

Are Your ADHD Meds Keeping You Up at Night?

The truth about attention-deficit meds and insomnia People with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have a harder time falling asleep — in part, says Dr. Russell Ramsay, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, because our minds won’t stop working. “There’s a delayed sleep phase onset,” he explains,…

How to Kick Insomnia Without Turning to Pills

How to Kick Insomnia Without Turning to Pills

Although sleep is one of the most basic human needs, many people treat it as optional. We’ve all had the occasional sleepless night. But when tossing and turning in the night or having trouble falling asleep becomes chronic, you’re likely suffering from insomnia. Lost sleep can have serious consequences. Studies…

Insomnia? Skip the Meds for Other Therapies Without Side Effects

Insomnia? Skip the Meds for Other Therapies Without Side Effects

Prescription and over-the counter (OTC) sleep aids are among the most widely used medicines. Their popularity has been spurred by aggressive marketing over the last decade — almost every adult knows what Ambien is — but also by changes in our culture that have disrupted good sleep habits (TVs, computers,…

Consumers Wake Up to the Reality of Insomnia Pills

Consumers Wake Up to the Reality of Insomnia Pills

Insomnia prescriptions are going down as both doctors and consumers learn more about the lack of efficacy and side effects associated with the meds. A group of medicines that became wildly popular over the past 20 years ended up posing serious dangers to some of the people who took them…

Psychotherapy, Not Sleeping Pills, Best for Insomnia

Psychotherapy, Not Sleeping Pills, Best for Insomnia

Millions of Americans suffering from insomnia are quick to head to their medicine cabinets and pop an Ambien to get a good night’s sleep. But there’s a better way to meet Mr. Sandman that doesn’t come with the side effects of taking a sleep drug: psychotherapy. A mix of talk…

Increased risk of homicide linked with use of certain painkillers

Increased risk of homicide linked with use of certain painkillers

Researchers in Finland analyzed data on the impact that prescription drug use had on 959 convicted murderers, prior to them committing murder. One such drug, benzodiazepines, used to treat anxietyand insomnia, increased the likelihood by 45% that a person would commit a homicide. The greatest increase was associated with opiate painkillers, which…

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