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5 Steps to a Good Night's Sleep

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Are Sleeping Pills Safe?

For the more than 44 million Americans who take a prescription to drift off, they seem like miracle drugs. But the FDA recently added warning labels to 13 prescription sleep medications, including top sellers Ambien and Lunesta, after reports that the drugs cause some people to binge eat, sleepwalk, or even sleep drive. Investigators aren't sure how common these wacky-but-dangerous side effects are, or whom they're most likely to affect, but they are rare, says Dr. Epstein, who notes that the odds increase if you mix sleep drugs with alcohol. The risk of dependency also rises when the drugs aren't taken as directed (if you rely on them nightly, for example, instead of just occasionally).

"When used as prescribed, these medications are very safe, and can be very helpful for people who need to get through a particularly rough time," sums up Dr. Epstein. But if you have trouble sleeping without pills, or you wake up next to a suspiciously empty bag of Tostitos, quit the drug immediately and call your doctor.

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EthanChong wrote:

Thanks for the great tips! I would like to add one more latest tip to getting a good night's sleep. Simply go to http://www.SleepWellSecrets.com to know about this latest and natural step to getting yourself the best night's sleep ever!

8/4/2013 01:19:23 AM Report Abuse
pegenereux wrote:

Good ideas...but drop the ipod ads...just say listen to music using your mp3 or other handheld device...not everyopne is an ipod user! THanks

10/24/2012 09:22:37 PM Report Abuse
cabrooker1 wrote:

Go to http://www.InsomniaDoc.com to get real advice on how to treat insomnia from a Cleveland Clinic-trained Sleep Doctor and Neurologist, Dr. Craig Brooker, M.D.

12/2/2011 03:20:59 PM Report Abuse
beautyinsimplet wrote:

i find it odd that it recommends reading a couple chapters of your favorite book only to follow up with....dont take books to bed?

10/19/2011 02:29:22 PM Report Abuse
evelyndamayon66 wrote:

the exercises are helpful to have good sleep. thank you

9/4/2011 07:48:01 PM Report Abuse

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