By: Terry Graedon December 13, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Taking Ashwagandha Help You Fall Asleep?

    Lots of people have trouble sleeping. They may take medications to overcome insomnia but worry about the potential side effects. At this time, anxiety about infection or job insecurity may be keeping …

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2021 2 Comments
    What Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep?

    When do you go to sleep? Are you a night owl or an early bird? The answer to that question has implications for your risk of cardiovascular disease. Finding a Good Time to Go to Sleep: A new study in …

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 13 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 August 30, 2021 8 Comments
    Can Your Medicines Cause Insomnia?

    Tens of millions of people have trouble sleeping every night. Many just can’t fall asleep. Others fall asleep just fine but wake up after a few hours and have a hard time getting back to sleep. A re…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1268: Learning How to Sleep

    Are we in the midst of a Great Sleep Recession? Sleep deprivation is common and serious but not always appreciated. One of the tipoffs that people may not be getting adequate shut-eye is that they wak…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2021 0 Comments
    Do Lonely Older People Take More and Riskier Dru…

    Doctors write a lot of prescriptions for anti-anxiety agents, pain medicine, sleeping pills and antidepressants. The last time we checked, 22 million Americans were filling more than 100 million presc…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2021 3 Comments
    When PM Pain Meds Might Make Sense

    We are not big fans of "PM" Pain meds. We’re talking about products such as Advil PM, Aleve PM, Excedrin PM, Motrin PM, Tylenol PM or Unisom PM. We suspect that a lot of people see a familiar brand …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2021 9 Comments
    Will Saffron Extract Help You Sleep Better?

    People with insomnia face a difficult dilemma. Could saffron extract help overcome it? The Insomniac's Dilemma: On the one hand, insomniacs hear that if they don't sleep, they may develop diabetes, hy…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2021 44 Comments
    Zolpidem Has Different Dose for Women

    The popular sleeping pill zolpidem was first approved by FDA in 1992 under the brand name Ambien. In 2012, nearly 40 million prescriptions for this medication were dispensed. The FDA changed the dose …

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2021 4 Comments
    Show 1246: Getting the Sleep You Need Even in An…

    Adequate sleep is essential to good health. That is not a news flash; your grandmother and great-grandmother knew it. It’s simply become more difficult to get the sleep you need in these anxious tim…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2020 11 Comments
    Can Melatonin Help Overcome COVID-19?

    People may take popular supplements for a wide range of problems even if researchers have not established their efficacy. What can melatonin help with? A lot of folks probably noticed, as this reader …

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2020 27 Comments
    Zolpidem for Insomnia | COVID-Related Anxiety

    Under the best of conditions, tens of millions of people have trouble getting a decent night’s sleep. These days, though, it’s harder than ever. News about the coronavirus is nonstop. People have …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2020 22 Comments
    Will CBD Help You Sleep Better?

    These are unsettling, anxious times. It's little wonder that many people are having trouble sleeping. As a result, they are eager to try even a nonstandard treatment if they believe that would help. W…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2020 20 Comments
    Is There a Downside to Ashwagandha?

    Have you been looking for natural ways to get some sleep? That is certainly understandable. When you are worrying about family members and friends, you may not be able to sleep well. Some herbs could …

    By: Terry Graedon March 30, 2020 7 Comments
    How to Sleep During Anxious Times

    In the grip of a terrifying global crisis, insomniacs have a lot of company. Many people who don't normally toss and turn are finding it very difficult to sleep during anxious times such as these. Hav…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2019 8 Comments
    How You Can Get to Sleep Without Amitriptyline

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? If so, you are not alone. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that up to 30 percent of American adults have some symptoms of insomnia. Some folks take …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2019 1 Comments
    Chronic Insomniacs Suffer More from Sleep Depriv…

    People who usually have trouble getting to sleep often complain about impaired daytime function. Researchers haven’t been able to document that such chronic insomniacs actually do worse than people …

    By: Terry Graedon December 26, 2019 12 Comments
    What Should You Eat to Sleep Better?

    Americans are a nation of insomniacs. We stay up too late snacking and watching television or emailing friends and family. Burning the candle at both ends can lead to hypertension, obesity, automobile…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2019 6 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Midnight Motor Mind?

    Some people with insomnia just can't get to sleep because their minds are racing. They may retrace the day and think of what they should have said or done differently. Perhaps they worry about events …

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2019 4 Comments
    Can PM Sleeping Pills Cause Memory Problems?

    Americans worry about their memories. A study published in JAMA Neurology (online, Nov. 15, 2019) surveyed over 1,000 people between 50 and 64 years of age. “Nearly 50% believed they are at least so…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2019 6 Comments
    Can Ashwagandha Help You Sleep Better?

    Have you had trouble sleeping? If you have, you've probably looked for something that could ease you to sleep more quickly or ensure that you stay asleep all night. Could an Indian Ayurvedic herb call…

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2019 22 Comments
    Is Napping Good for Your Health or Bad for Your …

    To nap or not to nap? It may not be the most pressing question you face, but it is one that has been challenging investigators for years. Some prior studies showed that napping was not healthy, while …

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2019 6 Comments
    What Time Is Best to Take Melatonin?

    How do you deal with sleeplessness? Although people frequently take sleeping pills such as zolpidem (Ambien, Intermezzo, Zolpimist), zaleplon (Sonata) or eszopiclone (Lunesta), they may become depende…

    By: Joe Graedon July 15, 2019 6 Comments
    Beware Zolpidem Zombies on Airplanes

    One of the most popular prescription sleeping pills in the pharmacy is zolpidem (Ambien). At last count, over 19 million prescriptions were dispensed annually. Despite its popularity, zolpidem remains…

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Melatonin Help Travelers with Jet Lag?

    Humans, like most other animals, have daily rhythms. When these are disrupted by shift work or jet lag, people may feel out of sorts, fatigued or even vulnerable to illness. Are there ways to get slee…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2019 5 Comments
    Amitriptyline for Sleep problems Is a Bad Idea

    Amitriptyline (Elavil) is a very old antidepressant. It was first marketed in the U.S. in 1961. Amitriptyline has one FDA-approved indication: “For the relief of symptoms of depression.” For reaso…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 6 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug D…

    The Food and Drug Administration seems to take great pride in approving new drugs. Last year was “An All-Time Record, And A Watershed,” according to Forbes (Jan. 14, 2019).  The FDA shattered…

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box War…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for the most popular sleeping pills on the market. This is the heaviest tool in the FDA’s toolkit, short of banning a medicine outrigh…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with He…

    What do you do when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma? We describe such situations a couple of ways: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is one. A similar saying goes: “between a ro…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2019 19 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 April 1, 2019 22 Comments
    Benzodiazepine Dependence | A Hard Habit to Kick

    When most people hear the words “drug abuse” they think of opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone or heroin. Other contenders include stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine (“meth”), alcohol…

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 38 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 14 Comments
    Can Acupressure Wrist Bands Help You Get to Slee…

    Far too many Americans sleep less than the recommended seven hours a night, according to the CDC. Are you among them? Sleep difficulties can come from having trouble falling asleep or from waking in t…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Therapeutic Frankincense Help You Sleep?

    In the Christmas story found in the Gospel of Matthew, wise men come from the east seeking the newborn king. They bring him presents: gold, frankincense and myrrh. This part of the story with these pr…

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 23 Comments
    Will Raisins Help You Sleep More Soundly?

    Would you like to sleep more soundly? Many readers complain that they need to rise to urinate several times a night. Then they frequently have trouble getting back to sleep. Several years ago, one per…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Lavender Oil Ease Your Anxiety and Insomnia…

    Aromatherapy, the use of plant materials with notable fragrance, has long been popular in Europe. It is now becoming more widely adopted in the US as well. In this approach, people utilize the "essent…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 12 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 14 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…