By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2017 5 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 16 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 10 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 12 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) …

    By: Terry Graedon May 18, 2017 2 Comments
    Could Tai Chi Help You Overcome Insomnia?

    Up to 30 percent of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have trouble sleeping. They may be understandably worried about their condition and unable to sleep for that reason. Lying awake ca…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Is Clever Home Remedy for Insomnia Hurting Your …

    We love simple approaches to common problems, so when we heard about a clever home remedy for insomnia we were intrigued. The approach takes advantage of an acupressure point that is supposed to help …

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Stop Taking Klonopin for Insomnia?

    When you are feeling stressed and can't seem to get to sleep, medicines can help. Many people have found, however, that it is too easy to rely on a sleep aid. Then, when you no longer feel you need th…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 9 Comments
    How to Get to Sleep Without Weakening Your Bones

    Sleep can be elusive, and many people have great difficulties getting enough. The problem is not that people don't value sleep: most have heard that inadequate sleep may predispose us to health prob…

    By: Terry Graedon March 26, 2017 7 Comments
    How Did Teens Find Something Better Than Sleepin…

    Sleep is precious, but it can be elusive. Many Americans are chronically sleep-deprived, and the problem may be even worse for adolescents. They still need more sleep than adults, but their daily slee…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2017 10 Comments
    Is Diphenhydramine for Sleeping Bad for Your Hea…

    Getting a good night's sleep is one of the pillars of good health, but for many people it is a real struggle. They toss and turn, worrying that they won't be able to fall asleep at all. It is no wonde…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 26 Comments
    How to Use Magnesium to Get to Sleep

    Americans aren't getting enough sleep. Shift work, late night television and various health problems such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome can all contribute to inadequate rest. Sleep depriva…

    By: Terry Graedon February 6, 2017 11 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Help You Get to Sleep?

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Many people do. Some folks overcome their insomnia with prescription medication, but the side effects discourage many from taking drugs like zolpidem (Ambien) or es…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Scientists Study Mice to Learn about Sleep

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Scientists reached that conclusion from a four-year study of mice. Their research delved deep into the physiology of neuronal connections. What Did the Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Wine at Dinner Mess Up Your Sleep?

    If you have trouble sleeping, as so many people do, you might want to consider whether something you are doing could be contributing to the problem. One reader discovered inadvertently that a glass of…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2017 22 Comments
    Is There a Problem Taking Melatonin to Sleep?

    Chronic insomnia wears you down. It also contributes to a range of health problems, from high blood pressure to diabetes. But many of the medications people take to get to sleep are not intended for l…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Can You Turn Off Your Brain to Get a Good Night&…

    Getting a good night's sleep can be quite a challenge. Some people find it difficult to wind down and relax enough, even though they are tired, that they can finally drift off and get the rest they ne…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2016 13 Comments
    Will Your Sleep Aid Make You Stupid?

    Getting a good night's sleep can be an ongoing challenge. As a result, people try every possible option they can. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports has found that a large number of people …

    By: Terry Graedon December 8, 2016 2 Comments
    Is Drowsy Driving Really as Risky as Drunk Drivi…

    Are you guilty of drowsy driving? Most of us are at one time or another, but driving when you are too tired can be more dangerous than you realize. Inadequate sleep makes drivers far more hazardous o…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 6 Comments
    Did Diet Coke Addiction Lead to Insomnia?

    Sleeping problems are so widespread that it sometimes seems impossible to finger the culprit. But it is certainly worthwhile, since adequate sleep is a pillar of good health. One reader discovered by…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 7 Comments
    Overcoming Insomnia with Tart Cherry Juice

    Do you often toss and turn for hours? Wouldn't it be great to have a remedy that could help you overcome insomnia, preferably without next-day drowsiness or other undesirable side effects? Some scient…

    By: Joe Graedon August 22, 2016 9 Comments
    People Continue to Complain About Generic Ambien…

    We have received so many complaints about generic Ambien that we have lost count. We notified the FDA years ago about this problem but so far there seems to be no interest in finding out what the prob…

    By: Joe Graedon August 13, 2016 25 Comments
    How Safe is Nightly Lorazepam for Bad Insomnia?

    Millions of people suffer chronic insomnia. They toss and turn and worry about the consequences of inadequate sleep. The trouble is that almost all the drugs that are prescribed come with side effects…

    By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2016 4 Comments
    Will My PM Sleeping Pills Lead to Dementia?

    People with insomnia are caught between two hard rocks. On the one hand they are told that lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of health problems including high blood pressure, forgetfulness, diabetes…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep with an He…

    As people learn about the possible downsides of using sleeping pills for a long time, many are searching for a better, safer way to get a good night's sleep. People with serious, long-standing insomn…

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2016 5 Comments
    Did Sleeping Pill Cocktail Leave Insomniac Zombi…

    Tens of millions of people have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. They are frequently told that inadequate sleep can contribute to a variety of health problems from weight gain and hypert…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2016 20 Comments
    Do Sleeping Pills Increase the Risk of Dementia?

    Although heart disease and cancer remain our big killers, nothing spells dread more than a diagnosis of dementia. Losing the ability to think, remember or function is devastating to the individual as …

    By: Joe Graedon March 31, 2016 20 Comments
    Are You Desperate for a Good Night’s Sleep…

    We hear from an extraordinary number of people who cannot get a good night's sleep. Some have had long-term insomnia for no apparent reason. They just cannot fall asleep. They toss and turn for hours…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 1 Comments
    Insulin Sensitivity Restored by Catching Up on L…

    Sleep loss over a period of months can make a person more susceptible to serious health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. If you use the weekends for catching up on lost sleep, howev…

    By: Terry Graedon January 21, 2016 5 Comments
    Are You Risking a Car Crash on Ambien?

    One popular prescription sleeping pill is zolpidem, sold under the brand name Ambien. Americans have been taking it to get to sleep for more than a decade. It is currently available as a generic drug …

    By: Terry Graedon November 30, 2015 10 Comments
    Lavender-Scented Lotion Is Better Than a Lullaby

    Given all the concerns about the safety of sleeping pills, it's no surprise that some folks prefer a natural approach. There are plenty of suggestions: get enough exercise; take a hot bath an hour bef…

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2015 2 Comments
    Multiple Awakenings at Night Affect Mood in the …

    Does losing sleep make you grumpy? You are not alone. Awakenings Are as Troublesome as Short Sleep Time: Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that numerous awakenings during the night can have jus…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 5 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice for a Better Night’s Res…

    Q. I have suffered with insomnia for years. Now that I am in my 60s the problem is worse than ever. I started using Benadryl at night with my doctor's approval, but it makes me groggy in the morning. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 18 Comments
    Why Does Benadryl Wake Her Up?

    Most medications have expected results. And most of the time, people respond in predictable ways. But every so often, someone reacts quite differently. With respect to diphenydramine (DPH), this parad…

    By: Joe Graedon June 11, 2015 8 Comments
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is First Choice for…

    A new analysis of previous studies has found that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective against insomnia and should be the first choice for treatment. The researchers considered 20 randomized cont…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 7 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Raise Risk of Dementia

    People with chronic insomnia are caught in a difficult dilemma. Too many popular sleeping pills may affect cognitive function and contribute to a potential risk of dementia in later years. Q. I am hav…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 35 Comments
    Safety Concerns Mount for Sleeping Pill Zolpidem…

    A brand new analysis by the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) Quarter Watch reveals a surprisingly high incidence of problems associated with the sleeping pill zolpidem. It is found in Am…

    By: Joe Graedon February 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Caffeine in her Night Cream Was Waking Her Up

    Q. As an active, fit woman in my 50s, I found it increasingly hard to sleep at night. I would go to bed exhausted and finally fall asleep, only to awaken one hour later, unable to get back to sleep. I…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Will Mindfulness Meditation Solve Seniors’…

    Trouble sleeping is a common problem for senior citizens, but as we have written, sleep medications have serious drawbacks for older adults. A study of nearly 50 older Californians found that a non-dr…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2015 3 Comments
    Sleep Deprivation Damages the Body: Napping Can …

    Poor sleep is a major problem in today's world, with nearly 30 percent of adults sleeping less than six hours a night on average. Inadequate sleep can contribute to insulin resistance, a precursor to …