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Prescription Sleep Drugs

Can You Become Addicted to Ambien?

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Ambien is infamous for causing people to sleepwalk, raid their refrigerators, or even go for a drive—without remembering any of it the following morning.  Read More

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6 Tips for Beating Jet Lag

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If you're traveling between time zones, try these tips. Though they won't work for everyone, they just may keep you from yawning your way through your vacation.   View slideshow

Tired of Ambien? Meet the Sleep Medications of the Near Future

New drugs on the horizon for insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and more
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If you've ever taken medicine to help you sleep, you're probably in one of two camps: Either it worked well and provided much needed relief—or it was a waste of money, caused a slew of side effects, and left you wondering what better options were out there. While no new prescription sleep drugs hit the market in 2008, research in several fields is under way. Here, some potential treatments that could soon help you rest easier—and suggestions for what to do in the meantime.  Read More

Financial Stress and Insomnia: Should You Try a Sleeping Pill?

What to do if the economy is keeping you awake
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Anyone who’s ever spent a few nights tossing and turning probably knows the basic sleep rules: Relax before bed and try not to think about what's bothering you. But with the unstable economy, you also know that’s easier said than done. Americans are more stressed about finances today than they were just six months ago, and many are losing sleep over it. So is it possible to push that emotion aside at bedtime? Or is now the time to get help from a doctor or a sleeping pill?  Read More

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Potential Side Effects of Prescription Sleep Drugs

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These are a few of the most common problems you may experience while taking a sleep medication, and what you can do to avoid them.   View slideshow

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Expert Advice for Women on Sleeping Pill Safety, Side Effects, and More

Q: Should I try over-the-counter drugs before a prescription pill?

A: Many sleep experts aren’t fans of OTC sleep aids because the meds don’t usually help people with significant insomnia. And many—like Nytol, Simply Sleep, Sominex, and Unisom—contain antihistamines (similar to the allergy medicine Benadryl) that can have side effects like dry mouth and eyes and next-day grogginess, says Donna Arand, PhD, clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Kettering, Ohio. OTC sleep aids are best for people who have occasional sleep problems. Note: Women who breast-feed should avoid them, as should the elderly, who sometimes are more sensitive to the effects of antihistamines. Read More

Ambien Sleep Walking Turned Me Into a Midnight Binge Eater

Rebecca chose strange nighttime behaviors over chronic insomnia
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Of all the strange nocturnal behaviors that have been reported with the use of prescription sleep drugs—acting out, talking, and even driving while asleep—the most prevalent by far is sleep eating. Though the side effect is rare overall, most sleep doctors have heard a few stories of refrigerators being raided, ovens left on through the night...    Read More

Understanding Dependence and Addiction: Should You Worry About Sleep Medication?

Getting hooked on sleep meds is rare, but there are still things you should know
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If your sleep problem has become serious enough that you've decided to see a doctor, a prescription sleeping pill is likely one option he or she will suggest. Medication can be a great help in getting you over a temporary sleep issue and back on track with your regular schedule, but you may still have some reservations about taking it...  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Prescription Sleep Drugs

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Sleeping Pills and Holiday Habits: What You Need to Know

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You take sleeping pills (maybe all the time, maybe just occasionally) to get a good night's rest, but you may be wondering how stress, travel, eating, and drinking this holiday season might affect your schedule and sleep habits.   View slideshow

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