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Sleeping Pills

Teens Who Abuse Xanax Often Got It From Their Own Doctor First

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.27.2014 | Healthy Living

More than 2,000 teens begin abusing prescription pills each day, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- making prescription pills ...

Is the FDA Sleeping on the Job When It Comes to Sleeping Pills?

Sina Nader | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Sina Nader

A few days ago, the FDA cut the recommended dosage for one of the most popular sleeping pills in half. This brings up some questions -- to put it politely.

How Sleeping Pills Affect Memory

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For most people, the best long-term strategy is to develop a strong, sustainable sleep routine that does not rely on prescription sleep medication. There's no question this takes work, but the rewards are worth it. Your sleep, your overall health -- and perhaps your memory -- will be better for it.

Who Is Taking Sleeping Pills?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These last findings are particularly troubling, indicating that among the millions of people using sleep medications, there are many who are using multiple medications at once, putting them at greater risk for complications and adverse reactions.

10 Ways You May Be Cutting Your Life Short Without Knowing It

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.11.2014 | Fifty

While we fully ascribe to the idea that you are only as old as you feel, some of us still engage in behaviors that hurt our chances of feeling good as...

13 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster -- Without Sleeping Pills

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living

About 9 million U.S. adults use prescription sleep aids to ensure quality rest, according to a recent CDC study. But experts caution that sleeping pil...

WATCH: You Don't Need A Pill To Fall Asleep

Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Nearly 9 million Americans turn to prescription sleeping pills to secure a good night's rest, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Contr...

Sleeping Pill Use Is Most Common In These Groups

Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 08/29/2013 07:53 AM EDT on LiveScience About 4 percent of Americans use prescription sleep aids, wit...

CDC Report: 9 Million Using Prescription Sleep Aids

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you've got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately nine million adults in the United States -- that's 4 percent of the population -- used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep.

WATCH: Oprah On Americans Who 'Take Pills Like Candy'

OWN | Posted 05.25.2013 | OWN

Americans don't shy away from taking pills. According to IMS Health, an estimated 16 million people in the United States use painkillers, 5 million ta...

Zolpidem-Related ER Visits Have Increased Sharply

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There's more news about complications that can arise from prescription sleep medication: Side effects from a common prescription sleep aid are sending increasing numbers of people to emergency departments.

The Rise of Ambien: Why More Americans Are Taking the Sleeping Pill and Why the Numbers Matter

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

Last week, a study was released with some staggering news about the potential growth of a danger associated with prescription sleeping pills -- Ambien, in particular.

NHL Wakes Up To Sleep Problems

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The professional sports world appears to be continuing to turn more of its attention to what has been a much-overlooked issue: sleep. This time, it's the National Hockey League that is addressing sleep problems on several fronts.

Falling Awake

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Colleen Morton Busch

For most of my 20s and 30s, if I couldn't sleep, I could usually point to some anxiety as the cause -- a stimulating writing project, an important exam, a conflict with someone I loved. It's only now, in my early 40s, that I frequently experience sleeplessness for no apparent or obvious reason.

Benzos, Stimulants and Sleeping Pills: The High-Performance Cocktail

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

If you decompress, you become more efficient and less anxious, and you sleep better. Slowly integrating other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and good diet can help you rid yourself of the need for the high-performance cocktail.

FDA Recommends Lower Doses Of Popular Sleep Medications

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration issued an announcement that could affect millions of Americans who take some of the most common medications for sleep.

I Took Ambien And Don't Remember What Happened Next

Posted 12.12.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Teran Hagerich came on HuffPost Live Thursday to discuss with host Abby Huntsman some of the times she took the sleeping drug, Ambien. Hagerich re...

'My Mind Seems to Wake Up When It Is Time to Sleep!'

Amer Khan, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Amer Khan, M.D.

People with delayed sleep phase feel sleepy much later in the night and need to sleep in to get sufficient sleep. As a result, they often suffer the effects of chronic lack of sleep, since most people have commitmernts to fulfill -- such as being in school or at work -- in the morning.

The Urbanite's Guide To Beating Insomnia

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 11.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Reestablishing sleep patterns without the use of pharmaceuticals is not only possible but also preferable when you think about the drawbacks of sustained sleeping pill use. It requires a delicate and highly personalized approach including nutrition, botanicals and lifestyle changes.

Why Do So Many Americans Rely On Sleeping Pills? Arianna And Experts Weigh In (WATCH)

Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living

Why do so many Americans need pills to do the most natural thing in the world? Arianna and HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill spoke with Drs. Russel...

Truths and Lies About Aging

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.18.2012 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

My gynecologist couldn't find my ovaries. I assured her they were there. She apparently didn't believe me, because she brought in her nurse for a second opinion.

New Kind Of Sleeping Pill Works By Blocking Wakefulness

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living

A new kind of sleeping pill, called suvorexant, was shown to be effective at helping people fall -- and stay -- asleep in clinical trials, according t...

I Wanna Be Sedated

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Hegland

Last Friday, five months after receiving approval from the FDA, pharmacists finally began doling out the newest sleep aid to the groggy hordes.

The Serious New Health Risk Of Sleeping Pills

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living

If you rely on sleeping pills to fall asleep, you could be putting your health at risk, a new study suggests. Research published in the journal BM...

Don't Sleep and Drive: How to Avoid Complex Sleep Behaviors

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

Sleeping pills are generally safe, especially when used short-term. Complex sleep behaviors such as sleep eating, sleep driving and sleep violence are uncommon side effects. But there are known factors that increase the risk of this happening to you.