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Anxiety

Zolpidem for Insomnia | COVID-Related Anxiety

Has the coronavirus been causing you anxiety, depression or insomnia? You would not be alone. Prescriptions for drugs like zolpidem for insomnia are way up!

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Alternative Health

Will CBD Help You Sleep Better?

A compound from Cannabis plants may help ease anxiety. But there is limited research on whether you can use CBD to help you sleep.

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Alternative Health

Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

One reader reports success with an Ayurvedic herb for insomnia. Could the Indian herb ashwagandha help you sleep better too?

Ashwagandha powder and root
Anxiety

Is There a Downside to Ashwagandha?

You could use herbal medicine to reduce anxiety and treat insomnia. Will you experience a downside to ashwagandha? Sometimes people have digestive upset.

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Drug Side Effects

How to Sleep During Anxious Times

Most people are finding the news of the day overwhelming. We offer tips on getting to sleep during anxious times like these.

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Insomnia

How You Can Get to Sleep Without Amitriptyline

Cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia can help you get to sleep, if you can find someone to help you learn it. Acupuncture or tart cherry juice can help.

Sad Woman Suffering From Insomnia
Insomnia

Chronic Insomniacs Suffer More from Sleep Deprivation

Pulling an all-nighter has worse consequences for chronic insomniacs than for people who normally sleep well. What can you do to get to sleep?

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Home Remedies

What Should You Eat to Sleep Better?

A large study shows that diet makes a difference at bedtime. Will you change what you eat to sleep better, even if it means fewer snacks and desserts?

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Alternative Health

How Can You Overcome Midnight Motor Mind?

A reader offers a simple recipe for lemon balm syrup to calm midnight motor mind and get back to sleep easily. Will you try it?

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Drug Side Effects

Can PM Sleeping Pills Cause Memory Problems?

Millions of people take PM sleeping pills. These are promoted as nighttime pain relievers. How does the antihistamine diphenhydramine impact the brain?

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Alternative Health

Can Ashwagandha Help You Sleep Better?

A reader wonders: Could ashwagandha help you sleep? Although this Indian herb has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, there are no scientific studies.

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Heart Attack

Is Napping Good for Your Health or Bad for Your Health?

Are you a snoozer? Do you worry about the health consequences of napping during the day? Worry no more. The latest research suggests it may be good for you.

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Home Remedies

What Time Is Best to Take Melatonin?

If you want to take melatonin for better sleep, the timing is best if you take it half an hour to an hour before turning out the lights.

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Drug Side Effects

Beware Zolpidem Zombies on Airplanes

We all seek a good night's sleep. Commercials for prescription sleeping pills make them seem very appealing. There's no mention of zolpidem zombies, though.

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Drug Side Effects

Amitriptyline for Sleep problems Is a Bad Idea

Getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge, but relying on the antidepressant amitriptyline for sleep problems has its own hazards! Is Brain fog one?

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Drug Side Effects

What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug Dangers?

The FDA crows about its new drug approvals. It is less enthusiastic about black box warnings. Z-drug dangers now include sleep walking and sleep driving.

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Drug Side Effects

Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box Warning!

Do you ever read the FDA's black box warning? There are new cautions about Ambien (zolpidem), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata). Sleep driving!

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Acid Reflux

Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with Heartburn

Millions of people have insomnia. Many try falling asleep with zolpidem. But the drug can cause indigestion. Waking up with heartburn at night is not nice.

Dr. Chris Winter, author of The Sleep Solution
Podcasts

Show 1125: How Can You Find Your Sleep Solution? (Archive)

Are you getting enough sleep? If not, Dr. Chris Winter has a sleep solution that may help. Exercise and exposure to bright light early in the day can help reset your inner clock.