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FDA Says Ambien Is Making Us Too Groggy In The Morning, Requires Lower Recommended Dosages

Zolpidem, the active ingredient in prescription sleep aids Ambien, Edluar, and Zolpimist, is apparently leaving some users — especially women — groggy and impaired in the morning. Thus, the FDA is requiring the manufacturers of these drugs to lower the current recommended doses. [More]

Is Your Hot Brain Keeping You Awake? Cool It Off To Help Sleep

Is Your Hot Brain Keeping You Awake? Cool It Off To Help Sleep

It’s already hard enough to sleep when it’s hot outside, but what if the heat of your brain is also adding to insomnia? Researchers reported this week that cooling down your lobes can help those with sleep problems doze off faster and stay asleep longer. [More]

Does Sleeping Less Lead To Eating More?

Does Sleeping Less Lead To Eating More?

In an attempt to determine the link between sleep deprivation and weight gain, researchers at Columbia University have found that when people haven’t had sufficient sleep, they tend to eat around 300 calories more per day. [More]

Can't Sleep? Your Best Bet Is Probably Cognitive Behavorial Therapy

Can't Sleep? Your Best Bet Is Probably Cognitive Behavorial Therapy

Chronic insomnia is one of those life-altering problems that seems minor at first, but builds up over time until it’s negatively affecting everything in your life. The New York Times has a new article up about cost effective ways to treat it, including generic Ambien (so you can have generic sleep-sex, we guess). The treatment that seems to show the most promise is cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T. Sessions cost between $100-150 each, but if your insurance won’t help, there’s an online self-guided version of C.B.T. for $25.

Watch Out, Ambien Makes You Slutty

Watch Out, Ambien Makes You Slutty

We knew Ambien could cause sleep driving and sleep eating, but this man blames it for causing him to hook up with a woman he barely knows. Now he says the woman has called his home and refers to him as her f*** buddy, and yet he can’t even remember the act. Oh also, he’s married.

Zocor May Cause Sleep Problems In Patients

Zocor May Cause Sleep Problems In Patients

A new study from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine suggests that simvastatin, also known as the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor, may interfere with sleep patterns: “people who took the statin drug Zocor or simvastatin found they had significantly worse sleep quality compared with people who took Pravachol or pravastatin, another cholesterol-lowering drug.” Simvastatin is fat soluble, which means it can more easily penetrate cell membranes and mess with brain chemistry.

Can't Sleep? Try Behavioral Changes Before Sleeping Pills

Can't Sleep? Try Behavioral Changes Before Sleeping Pills

The health blog at the New York Times points out that there are all sorts of behavioral changes you can adopt to fight insomnia that have been proven to work—they just sound so ordinary and common that people either don’t think they’re effective or assume pills will work better.