By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 11 Comments
    Can Clonazepam Increase the Risk for Dementia?

    Millions of people take benzodiazepines every day. Such drugs are variously described as anti-anxiety agents, sedatives, hypnotics (to aid sleep) or benzos for short. At last count about five million …

    By: Terry Graedon November 29, 2018 9 Comments
    Does Too Little Sleep Make You Quicker to Anger?

    Sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, forgetfulness, accidents, lowered immunity and delayed reaction times. Now, add grumpiness and anger to the list of con…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 13 Comments
    A DUI Driving Citation After Taking Ambien (Zolp…

    Americans love sleeping pills, especially Ambien (zolpidem). At last count nearly 20 million prescriptions are dispensed annually in the U.S. Once people start taking Ambien (zolpidem), many keep on t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2018 9 Comments
    Is Melatonin Safe for Night Shift Nurse?

    People who do shift work put their bodies through a lot of stress. Most of us adapt to getting up in the morning and going to bed at night. If we are reasonably regular about the times, our body clock…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 14 Comments
    Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Sleep

    If you sleep well, you may not realize how lucky you are. Those who have difficulty sleeping are faced with a tough dilemma. Sleep deprivation is bad for your health, as many studies have shown. On th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Your Sleeping Pills?

    Older individuals who take a benzodiazepine are more likely to experience falls. Medications like alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan) are frequently used as sleeping pills or f…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2018 18 Comments
    Will Blue Light from Screens Harm Your Vision?

    Could your digital viewing habits be harming your eyes? Computers, cell phones and hand-held devices all put out blue light that reaches the retina. The Problems with Blue Light: Two new studies sugge…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Getting to Sleep Wreck Your Digestion?

    When you are looking for a way to overcome insomnia, you might well reach for a pill called zolpidem. Sold for years under the brand name Ambien, it is probably the most popular prescription sleeping …

    By: Joe Graedon July 19, 2018 28 Comments
    Can You Get A Good Night’s Sleep in the Hospit…

    Seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Get a good night’s sleep in the hospital? Who are we kidding? New research from the Netherlands confirms that patients lose a lot of sleep when they are hospita…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 2 Comments
    Can a Chinese Fungus Help You Sleep Better?

    Millions of people have trouble sleeping. For some, the main problem is falling asleep. Others report difficulty staying asleep. One reader who wakes up too early and can't fall back to sleep wonders …

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2018 8 Comments
    Are You Taking A Sleeping Pill That Messes with …

    Sleeping pills are big business. That is especially true for over-the-counter drugs. Millions of people take “PM” pain relievers regularly because they fear they may not fall asleep easily. Diphen…

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2018 13 Comments
    Show 1125: How Can You Find Your Sleep Solution?

    You may have read or heard that adequate sleep is a pillar of good health, like exercise and a healthy diet. Sleep affects blood pressure and heart disease, metabolism and obesity, the immune system, …

    By: Joe Graedon May 28, 2018 4 Comments
    Chantix and Insomnia | Disturbed Sleep and Bad D…

    Chantix (varenicline) has been widely advertised on television. Perhaps you have seen some of the commercials. In this one Mark smiles and says he quit smoking with Chantix. The announcer lists a bunc…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2018 12 Comments
    Does Popular OTC Antihistamine Increase Risk of …

    The Food and Drug Administration has been surprisingly silent about the possible risk of dementia associated with anticholinergic drugs. It has been our observation that once this federal agency appro…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2018 12 Comments
    Can the Antidepressant Amitriptyline Mess Up Mem…

    It is estimated that nearly two million people take the antidepressant amitriptyline every day. We suspect that most are not taking this drug to improve mood. That’s because amitriptyline (Elavil) h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 16, 2018 13 Comments
    Is NyQuil A Good Way To Stay Asleep?

    We often wonder whether people read the label of their over-the-counter medicines. If they did, would most know what they were taking? Nyquil Cold & Flu formula is advertised to “relieve your s…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 8 Comments
    Skimping on Magnesium May Mean Trouble Sleeping

    How often does a treatment for one problem lead to another problem? We suspect it may be more common than anyone could imagine. Who would guess that low magnesium levels resulting from a heartburn med…

    By: Terry Graedon March 15, 2018 0 Comments
    Will Bright Light at Bedtime Lower Melatonin Lev…

    How much does light exposure affect melatonin levels? A new study suggests that late-day exposure may lower levels significantly (Akacem, Wright and LeBourgeois, Physiological Reports, March 4, 2018).…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2018 25 Comments
    Should You Worry About Serious Melatonin Side Ef…

    More than three million Americans take melatonin to get to sleep. That's twice the number that used this supplement in 2007 (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health). This makes melat…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2018 23 Comments
    What Are the Most Dangerous Drugs for Older Adul…

    Imagine you are a space alien from the Planet Xelziga. You land somewhere in North America and turn on your television monitoring system. As you attempt to learn the basics about human behavior, you m…

    By: Joe Graedon February 5, 2018 4 Comments
    How To Choose Safe and Effective Over-The-Counte…

    Americans love to play doctor. And the FDA has made it easy. That’s because the agency has allowed Pharma companies to switch many Rx drugs to OTC in a big way. We spend $33 billion on over-the-coun…

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 10 Comments
    Will Valerian Help You Sleep Better?

    Who has not had the experience of tossing and turning, unable to fall asleep? Anxiety about a new job or an upcoming trip often keeps people awake for a few days. Others find that ruminating about rel…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 3 Comments
    Can Magnesium Help You Sleep Without Causing Dia…

    Have you seen warnings that too little sleep will ruin your health? Sleep deprivation keeps the brain from functioning optimally (Slama et al, Sleep, Dec. 2017). It can also lead to insulin resistance…

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 24 Comments
    Will Melatonin Under Your Tongue Ease Insomnia?

    Millions of Americans suffer with insomnia. They have trouble falling asleep, or they wake in the middle of the night and toss and turn when they can't get back to sleep. When they stumble out of bed …

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 43 Comments
    Sleeping Pills for Seniors: A Scary Solution for…

    Do you have trouble sleeping? That’s just a natural outcome of accumulating lots of birthdays, right? Actually, insomnia is not a normal consequence of aging. According to the National Poll on Healt…

    By: Terry Graedon November 20, 2017 19 Comments
    Sweet Dreams with Tart Cherry Juice at Bedtime

    If you, like so many people, suffer from insomnia, you may be feeling frustrated. The disadvantages of relying on sleeping pills, either prescription or over-the-counter, are becoming clearer. At the …

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 15 Comments
    Do You Take Magnesium to Get to Sleep?

    Adequate sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but far too many of us don't get enough. We stay up late staring at screens, whether for work or entertainment. Perhaps we get up early for a long commu…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help You Sleep Better All Night?

    Have you ever wakened far too early and resigned yourself to tossing and turning until time to get up? This scenario is common. We were pleased to learn that one reader found a simple supplement could…

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 15 Comments
    Can Acupressure Arm Bands Help with Sleep Proble…

    Many individuals who have sleep problems from time to time would rather solve them without resorting to sleeping pills. After all, prescription sleeping pills can be habit-forming. Even OTC sleep aids…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 6 Comments
    Evening Screen Time Disrupts Sleep-Are There Sol…

    Have you ever checked email, Facebook or Twitter before shutting down your computer, laptop, tablet or phone? If so, you would not be alone. Many people watch late night television or review email or …

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 46 Comments
    Will Trazodone Be a Great Sleeping Pill?

    In any given year, nearly one-third of North Americans have trouble with insomnia, and between 4 and 7 percent have prolonged difficulty sleeping (LeBlanc et al, Sleep, Aug. 2009). It isn't any wonder…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2017 40 Comments
    How To Get Back to Sleep In the Middle of the Ni…

    According to the CDC, 33% of Americans don't get adequate sleep. Chronic insomnia is linked to all sorts of serious health problems including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart disease and depress…

    By: Terry Graedon July 10, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Acupressure Bands Help You Fall Asleep?

    When job stresses or money worries get to you, what do you do to fall asleep? Many people try taking a sleep aid, whether it's an OTC product like Tylenol PM or a prescription medication like zolpidem…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 9 Comments
    Do Zolpidem (Ambien) Side Effects Include Horrib…

    Zolpidem remains a very popular prescription sleeping aid. When it was only available as the brand name drug Ambien, millions took it to get a "good night's sleep." These days zolpidem (Ambien) side e…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medica…

    Starting a new prescription is easy. If your doctor tells the pharmacist to write on the label, "take once a day with food," you know exactly what to do. Most people can manage such a simple instructi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    How Can You Get to Sleep Without Zolpidem?

    Americans tend to be sleep deprived, and the problem may be getting worse. Watching the evening news could be enough to make a person anxious, and anxiety frequently leads to insomnia. No wonder so m…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Could Sleeping Longer Make You Quicker?

    Sleep deprivation has been associated with a range of problems, from metabolic disturbances to lack of concentration and judgment (Khan & Aouad, Sleep Medicine Clinics, June 2017). Sleeping longer…

    By: Terry Graedon May 22, 2017 48 Comments
    If Ambien Is Out, How Can You Get to Sleep?

    Insomnia is a serious problem for millions of Americans. Older adults often have difficulty getting to sleep, and many rely on sleeping pills. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) …