How Flight Crews Really Deal With All That Jet Lag
Find yourself draggy for a week after a redeye? Just think of the flight attendants and pilots who do it all the time. Former Continental Airlines flight attendant Abbie Unger told The Huffington Post that for her, the most grueling part of working transcontinental flights was the varied schedule. Unger, who is also a HuffPost blogger, was an on-call flight attendant and did not have a set number of flights she worked per month. “I never worked a day that was nine to five, so I was constantly trying to regulate my body clock as I juggled early morning check-ins followed by late night check-ins,” she said. To he...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How A Nearly Fatal Drowsy Driving Accident Saved One Man's Life
David Claxton is not your typical candidate for sleep apnea, a common disorder in which you stop breathing while you sleep. The 40-year-old Kentucky writer doesn't have any of the major risk factors: He's not overweight or elderly, nor does he have any family history of the condition. And he may never have found out that he suffered from it -- were it not for a dramatic accident. For nearly a decade, Claxton put up with poor sleep patterns and complained of daytime sleepiness to his doctors, who prescribed him sleeping pills and antidepressants. None of them worked. He wasn't a chronic insomniac, nor was he depressed....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nonbenzodiazepine sedative hypnotics and risk of fall-related injury - Tom SE, Wickwire EM, Park Y, Albrecht JS.
The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that use of zolpidem, eszopiclone, and zaleplon would be associated with increased risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hip fracture. METHODS: We conducted a case-crossove... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

What You Should Know Before Trying New Sleeping Pill Belsomra
Since the early 1990s, the most commonly prescribed sleeping pills have followed a formula that works by increasing levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that slows down brain activity.   But a new insomnia treatment, Belsomra (suvorexant), is the first of its kind to do the opposite: Rather than increasing a neurotransmitter that slows brain activity, it decreases the neurotransmitter Orexin, which promotes wakefulness.  By turning off the brain's "awake" switch, Belsomra promotes sleep. And it's hugely popular, thanks in no small part to a major advertising push, which includes print ads, TV commercials featuring ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

5 Scary Health Effects Of Sleep Deprivation During The Teen Years
  Sleep loss can take a devastating toll on the mind and body at any stage of life, from early childhood to older adulthood. But for teenagers, who are at a critical stage of development, skipping out on sleep can be particularly dangerous.  "[Sleep deprivation] is extremely detrimental at all stages of life," Dr. Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, told The Huffington Post in an email. "In the teen years, when development continues ... the sleep deprivation effects of brain and body development are significant." Though sleep is arguably most critical during the teen years, teen...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?
“Bernard also laughed; after two grams of soma the joke seemed, for some reason, good. Laughed and then, almost immediately, dropped off to sleep.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World It’s been a tough few years for benzodiazepines, the pharmaceutical industry’s top-selling family of prescription drugs. Tough in every way, that is, except sales: Xanax remains the world’s most popular pill, and U.S. prescriptions for it and other benzos grow by 12 percent every year. It’s their reputation, long enjoyed, as harmless and effective medicines that’s taking a flurry of hits — some glancing, others on the nose. Fo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cognitive behavioral therapy offers a drug-free method for managing insomnia
Bleary-eyed insomniacs know all too well that problems with sleep aren’t limited to nighttime hours. In fact, people who have trouble falling or staying asleep often feel crummy all day long. Many people with insomnia turn to sleeping pills, which often have unwanted side effects. Few of them know about an equally effective therapy that targets the root cause of insomnia without medications. Called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or CBT-i, this short-term talk therapy teaches people to change the unproductive thinking patterns and habits that get in the way of a good night’s sleep. While this therapy...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - June 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Corliss Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Sleep cognitive behavioral therapy cognitive behaviors insomnia Source Type: news

Medication and Sleep
This article was adapted from a previous article written by Dr. Moore for his column “Kevlar for the Mind.” (Source: Psych Central)
Source: Psych Central - March 30, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bret Moore, PsyD Tags: Anti-anxiety Antidepressants Atypical Antipsychotics Benzodiazepines Depression Disorders General Medications Sleep Insomnia sleep disorder Sleeping Pills Source Type: news

My Q and A With Patrick Fuller on How Neuroscience Can Unlock Sleep's Mysteries
Patrick Fuller is a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School's esteemed Division of Sleep Medicine. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the importance of good sleep hygiene, how our brain's clock is connected to our overall well-being, and the problem with sleeping pills. What have you found in your research on the "neurocircuit basis" that supports sleep? In specific reference to our recent work on the brainstem slow-wave-sleep promoter "center," we showed that this region of the brain is first connected (synaptically) to an important wake-promoting region of the brainstem that in turn is connected with...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news recognizes sleep awareness week with...
Rest Easy During Sleep Awareness Week With Discount Cards on Top Sleep Aids From March 03, 2015)Read the full story at (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 4, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

FDA Puts Tough Warning Label on Ambien, Lunesta, Other Sleep Aids
Move spurred by 66 cases of ' complex sleep behaviors ' after taking the insomnia medications (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Institutional, Source Type: news

FDA Warns Lunesta and Generics Can Cause Next-Day Impairment:...
On May 15, the FDA warned that Eszopiclone Containing Sleep Aids (including Lunesta and generics) can cause next-day impairment of driving and other activities that require alertness. In light of this...(PRWeb May 20, 2014)Read the full story at (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - May 20, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Lower Starting Dose for Sleep Drug Lunesta
FDA Requiring Lower Starting Dose for Sleep Drug Lunesta (Source:
Source: - May 20, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

FDA requiring lower starting dose for another sleep drug, eszopiclone
Read the full story on MD Consult: FDA requiring lower starting dose for another sleep drug, eszopiclone (Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories)
Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories - May 19, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

This Week: Resveratrol, Lung Ca Screening, Lunesta Dosing
(MedPage Today) -- Health benefits from the red-wine chemical resveratrol appear to have been overblown, lung cancer screening is effective but costly, and low starting doses are now recommended for Lunesta. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 16, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news