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How Sleep Woes May Strain Your Heart

How Sleep Woes May Strain Your Heart

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you spend a lot of nights watching the clock instead of sleeping, new research suggests you may need to be as concerned about your heart health as you are about lost shut-eye. People with genetic variants linked to insomnia have […]

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Intermezzo (zolpidem)

Intermezzo (zolpidem)

What is Intermezzo? What is zolpidem used for? Intermezzo contains a low dose of zolpidem, the same active ingredient in Ambien. Zolpidem belongs to a class of drugs called sedatives or hypnotics. Zolpidem shares some characteristics of a family of sedatives called benzodiazepines which includes diazepam (Valium). Benzodiazepines cause sedation, muscle relaxation, act as anticonvulsants […]

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Are You an ‘Extreme Early Bird’?

Are You an ‘Extreme Early Bird’?

Latest Sleep News FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Early to bed and early to rise? In its extreme form, this tendency is more common than previously believed, according to a new study. Going to sleep at 8 p.m. and waking up as early as 4 a.m. is called advanced sleep phase. It was […]

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Health Tip: Napping Do’s and Don’ts

Health Tip: Napping Do’s and Don’ts

(HealthDay News) — A nap can improve mood, performance and alertness, says Mayo Clinic. But sleeping at the wrong time or for too long can backfire. Latest Sleep News Mayo suggests the best way to nap: Keep naps between 10 and 20 minutes. Take naps in early afternoon. Nap in a quiet, dark place with […]

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Benzodiazepines (Benzodiazepine Drug Class)

Benzodiazepines (Benzodiazepine Drug Class)

What are benzodiazepines, and how do they work (mechanism of action)? Benzodiazepines are man-made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system) and sedation (drowsiness). Seizures, anxiety, and other diseases that require benzodiazepine treatment may be caused by excessive activity of nerves in the brain. These drugs […]

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zaleplon (Sonata)

zaleplon (Sonata)

What is zaleplon, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Zaleplon is a hypnotic (a medication that induces sleep) that is used for treating insomnia. It is chemically unrelated to the benzodiazepine class of medications for sleep, for example, lorazepam (Ativan), oxazepam (Serax), flurazepam (Dalmane), triazolam (Halcion), and temazepam (Restoril), but it has similar […]

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caffeine (Enerjets, No Doz, Vivarin)

caffeine (Enerjets, No Doz, Vivarin)

What are oral caffeine tablets, and how do they work (mechanism of action)? Caffeine acts as a stimulant of the nervous system by inhibiting the enzyme phosphodiesterase, just like theophylline and aminophylline. Inhibiting this enzyme leads to increased formation of the proteins which causes release of stimulating chemical signals known as neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters bind […]

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Warm Bath Can Send You Off to a Sound Slumber, Study Finds

Warm Bath Can Send You Off to a Sound Slumber, Study Finds

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Here’s a win-win for all those bath lovers who struggle with poor sleep: New research suggests a soak in the tub before bedtime may shorten the time it takes to fall asleep. A well-timed warm bath, or even a warm shower, […]

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Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?

Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Sleep News WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Most people consider their bed a safe haven, but new research suggests your body heat might trigger the release of potentially harmful chemicals from your mattress. Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). […]