Who is taking sleeping pills?

Diagnoses of insomnia have been on the rise—and so has the use of medication to treat this sleep disorder. The popularity of a newer class of drugs—non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics—has risen dramatically. Drugs included in this group include zolpidem, zaleplon,...

Insomnia symptoms raise mortality risk

With our busy lives, it can be tempting to shrug off—or ignore altogether—difficulties with sleep. Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, waking feeling tired and unrefreshed: these are commonly experienced disruptions to sleep for...

The dangers of drowsy driving

As the investigation into New York’s Metro-North train derailment continues, attention has focused on the alertness of the train’s driver. Reports indicate that the engineer at the controls dozed off, and that an alert system designed to activate automatic brakes when...

Chronic Illness and Insomnia

Coping with a chronic illness or health condition can be stressful. Nearly all chronic illness results in some level of disruption to “normal” daily life and routines. Another all-too frequent problem for people with chronic health problems? Poor and insufficient...

Could camping help your insomnia?

Summer is quickly drawing to a close. Have you spent any time camping outside under the stars? If the answer is no, you might want to think about pulling out that tent from the garage. Camping can be a lot of fun, but that’s not why I’m suggesting it. New research...