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Zzz…How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

Over-the-counter and prescription drugs, as well as herbal remedies, promise relief from insomnia. Find out about the pros and cons of different sleep aids. There are any number of situations or conditions that may cause you to lose sleep. Anxiety, stress, depression, or just being worried or anxious can greatly…

Doc Group Says No to Marijuana for Sleep Apnea

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has indicated that medical marijuana should not be used to treat sleep apnea. Last year, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) would be added to the state’s medical cannabis program list of medical conditions. However, the nation’s leading…

1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids Despite Warnings

Despite warnings to the contrary, about 1 in 3 seniors takes a sleeping aid, according to a new survey from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. The survey, sponsored by U-M’s medical center and AARP, found that while one-third of older adults takes sleeping medications, many…

Do Your Psychiatric Drugs Keep You Up at Night?

If you take a medication for a psychiatric condition, you may have experienced troubled sleep — insomnia, daytime sleepiness, or any other numbers of sleep-related disorders. I have treated patients with myriad sleep difficulties who take antidepressants, antipsychotics and even medications to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While no one…

8 Foods that Fight Insomnia

Before reaching for the sleeping pills, try looking around your kitchen. These nutritionist-backed approaches may help you fall — and stay — asleep Can’t drift off to dreamland? Insomnia — defined as a persistent inability to fall and stay asleep — is distressingly common in the US, with roughly 60…

New users of sleeping pills have more car crashes

Sedative sleeping pills can nearly double the risk for car accidents among new users compared with nonusers, a University of Washington study suggests. Researchers looked at prescription records and motor vehicle crash records of more than 400,000 Washington state drivers who had a drug benefit in the Group Health Cooperative…

Drugs in Pregnancy Part 5: Sleep Medication

In Part 5 of our 7-part Drugs in Pregnancy series, we’re talking about the issue of sleep meds during pregnancy. Being pregnant makes sleep problematic for many women, for a whole host of reasons: You have to get up to pee more frequently earlier in your pregnancy, you’re uncomfortable in…

Q&A: Sleep and Its Disorders, Part 2 of 2

At least 1 out of 3 Americans reports having sleep troubles. Many people do not get evaluated for their sleep problems and instead seek out a quick fix in the form of a prescription drug. According to the New York Times, 60 million prescriptions for sleep aids were handed out…

Sleep: Fast Facts

Sleep On average, most adults require 7 or 8 hours of sleep to function well. Adolescents need an average of about 9-1/2 hours. Exposure to light affects our circadian biologic clock. Light travels from the optic nerve to the brain, triggering the complex process of awakening. This includes suppressing the…

Q&A: Sleep and Its Disorders — Part 1 of 2

At least 1 out of 3 Americans reports having sleep troubles. Many people do not get evaluated for their sleep problems and instead seek out a quick fix in the form of a prescription drug. According to the New York Times, 60 million prescriptions for sleep aids were handed out in…

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