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Z drugs and the world of Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta

Z drugs and the world of Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta

As most of us know, living on fantasies sometimes provokes tragedies.

September 6, 2014 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

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 »

Three questions about sleep and sex

Three questions about sleep and sex

Times are tough. People are out of work and can’t find any, 15 percent of the country often goes to bed hungry, and the euro may crash and upend the world economy. Folks need a break.

November 14, 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 »

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

Want to bite into a savory chocolate brownie laced with hormones? “Grab a box today and let your problems melt away,” promises Lazy Cakes, a new “relaxation brownie” containing eight milligrams of melatonin plus valerian root. One writer for Phoenix News ate the chewy cake and fell asleep for 12 hours — extolling the next best thing to a pot brownie

February 7, 2011 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

Seven secrets of sleeping pills

Seven secrets of sleeping pills

Patients come to me frequently with this question: “Do you have a pill that will let me sleep through the night, lose weight, get rid of my stress and depression and not have side effects?”

September 30, 2010 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »