The Truth About Sleeping Pills

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Not getting enough quality zzz’s at night? An estimated 25 percent of Americans occasionally struggle with sleep and 10 percent have chronic insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep at least three nights per week for a month or more). You may be tempted by commercials for prescription sleep drugs but before you ask your doctor to write you a prescription, Consumer Reports has some safety info you should read. Here are five points you should consider:

  • Newer sleep drugs aren’t very effective
  • Older drugs are risky
  • Newer sleep drugs can have side effects, too
  • Over-the-counter (OTCs) can pose problems
  • Trazodone: Not for sleep

Read this Consumer Reports sleep article for the full info on how to stay safe and tips for how to get a better night’s rest.

One way that I try to sleep better is to avoid looking at my smart phone before bedtime. Devices like e-readers emit blue light, which suppresses levels of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. How do you ensure a good night’s rest? If you struggle with sleep, what do you think about Consumer Reports’ advice?