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Booze, sleeping pills — the wrong combination

Booze, sleeping pills — the wrong combination

“Beer and valium, that’s how I sleep. Works every time, a perfect night’s sleep.” So said an actor friend of mine, who often had trouble “coming down” after a play and used this cocktail three or four times a week. Yet often alcohol plus sleeping pills do not “work.” Thirty percent of American women use some kind of sleeping pill each week, but combinations are rarely remarked upon — though clinically common. Studies of them are relatively sparse, as researchers tend to look at one drug at a time.

November 26, 2011 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »

Do sleeping pills work by making us forget?

Do sleeping pills work by making us forget?

Insomnia provokes many controversies. One of the more heated at the recent Sleep Research Meeting in Minneapolis was about why sleeping pills work — do they induce sleep? Or do they just make people forget they were awake during the night?

July 22, 2011 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »