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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 »

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 »

Why can’t I wake up?

Why can’t I wake up?

Alien invaders! Laser rifles! Screeching robots that slip away and hide! Automatic bacon cookers! People will invent almost anything to wake them up in the morning. But why are they so sleepy in the first place?

October 18, 2010 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »