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Sleeping Pills Can Kill


Eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien) can cause automatic sleep behaviors leading to injuries from falls, car accidents, and accidental overdose. Talk to us (574-534-9911) and your family about preventing such accidents.

“Most people have talked or walked during sleep at some time in our lives. However, some people exhibit more unusual complex behaviors while asleep, including eating and driving. These types of behaviors, called parasomnias, come about when parts of our brain are asleep and other parts awake at the same time. Parasomnias, while generally considered normal in a healthy child, can be a cause for concern when they develop in adults. Earlier this year the FDA issued a “black box” warning for the sleep medications eszopiclone, zaleplon, and zolpidem, given reports of sleep behaviors that resulted in injuries from falls, car accidents, and accidental overdoses related to their use. The FDA also notes that all medications used to promote sleep reduce alertness and may cause drowsiness the following day, which may impair your ability to drive.” – Suzanne Bertisch, MD, MPH – Harvard Health.

What Can You Do?

1. Call us for an appointment at 574-534-9911 to discuss options.

2. Always take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time.

3. Get obstructive sleep apnea diagnosed and treated as it can cause insomnia. If you do suffer from sleep apnea, it can be dangerous to take sleeping pills or pain meds without using  CPAP.

4. Keep the door double locked.

5. Do not keep furniture in the middle of the room.

6. Have the bedroom on the ground floor.

7. Have heavy drapes in front of the windows.

8. Keep the door keys and car keys locked in a safe place.

9. Put the sharp objects away.

Consider Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia. CBT-I is the most effective long-term therapy for insomnia.

Thank you. Sleep Well. Be Safe.

Sleep 7+ Hours to Live a Long, Healthy, & Happy Life


Consensus Statement (published in June 2015 issue) from American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society recommends 7 or more hours of sleep every night.

1. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night on a regular basis is associated with adverse health outcomes, including weight gain and obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, depression, and increased risk of death. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night is also associated with impaired immune function, increased pain, impaired performance, increased errors, and greater risk of accidents.

2. Sleeping more than 9 hours per night on a regular basis may be appropriate for young adults, individuals recovering from sleep debt, and individuals with illnesses. For others, it is uncertain whether sleeping more than 9 hours per night is associated with health risk.
3. People concerned they are sleeping too little or too much should consult their healthcare provider.

Sweet Dreams! God Bless!

– Yatin J. Patel

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST] – Goodnet

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST]

Need a good night’s sleep? This collection of sleep apps will have you nodding off in no time. Sleep tight!


Click on this link to learn more.

5 Best Sleep Apps For Super Sweet Dreams [LIST] – Goodnet.

New Research Links Insomnia to Sleep Apnea

Photo Credit: Pop Catalin

Photo Credit: Pop Catalin


We do not associate insomnia with obstructive sleep apnea, but a recent study by Dr. Barry Krakow (Mayo Clinic Proceedings) showed the role of OSA in causing and perpetuating insomnia.

Krakow investigated 1,210 insomnia patients who were unable to fall asleep or stay asleep using sleep aids. Subsequently, 942 patients underwent overnight sleep studies, and 91 percent of those who completed a sleep study actually suffered from previously undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, a critical factor aggravating their insomnia.

If you suffer from insomnia, please talk to us or your doctor about a simple home sleep test to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea.

To read more about this article, please click New research links insomnia to sleep apnea.


8 foods to help you sleep | Fox News




Here are eight foods rich in sleep-inducing ingredients that can naturally help you get more z’s.

1. Fish is rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that raises serotonin levels that are needed to make melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to control your sleep and wake cycles.

2. Dairy products like yogurt, milk and cheese are rich in melatonin-boosting calcium, and a number of studies are finding that being calcium-deficient may make it difficult to fall asleep.

3. Cherries, especially the tart varieties, are one of the few food sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that regulates your internal clock.

4. Bananas, well-known for being rich in potassium, are also a good source of magnesium. Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that has been linked to sleep quality.

5. Nuts are rich in magnesium and also provide calcium – two minerals that help promote sleep.

6. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), the main ingredient in hummus, are not only rich in tryptophan, but also in folate and vitamin B6.

7. Dark leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, Swiss chard, kale, turnip greens and collard greens) are rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. These minerals play an important role in helping you sleep.

8. A smart, soothing beverage to drink before bedtime is an herbal tea such as chamomile or peppermint.

– By Patricia Bannan

To read more, click on the link 8 foods to help you sleep | Fox News.

PressTV – Poor sleep pattern may shrink brain: Study



European researchers have identified an association between poor sleep patterns like insomnia and the size of the brain.

Researchers examined some 147 adults between the ages of 20 and 84 via two series of MRI scans.

The first scan was taken before patients completed a questionnaire pertaining to their sleep habits, while the second scan was done around three and half years later.

The investigation indicated that 35% of those who experienced the criteria for poor sleep health had a more rapid decline in brain volume during the study than those who slept well.

Researchers also found that the results of poor sleep patterns were even more significant in participants over the age of 60.

To read more, please click on this link 

Poor sleep pattern may shrink brain: Study.

Natural Sleep is Better than Sleeping Pills for Memory Consolidation; a New Study

Photo Credit: Pop Catalin

Photo Credit: Pop Catalin

Numerous studies have demonstrated that sleep promotes memory consolidation, but there is little research on the effect of sleeping pills on sleep-dependent memory consolidation.

Twenty-two participants with no sleep complaints underwent 3 conditions in a counterbalanced crossover study: (1) zolpidem-ER 12.5 mg (bedtime dosing), (2) zaleplon 10 mg (middle-of-the-night dosing), and (3) placebo. Memory testing was conducted before and after an 8-h sleep period, using a word pair association task (WPT; declarative memory) and a finger-tapping task (FTT; procedural memory).

Improvement in memory performance following sleep was lower with bedtime dosing of zolpidem-ER compared to placebo and middle-of-the-night dosing of zaleplon. There were no differences between placebo and zaleplon.

The results suggest that in some circumstances hypnotics may have the potential to reduce the degree of sleep-dependent memory consolidation and that drug-free sleep early in the night may ameliorate this effect.

JCSM – The Effect of Two Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Hypnotics on Sleep-Dependent Memory Consolidation.

If you have a difficulty falling asleep, please follow these sleep hygiene tips and minimize the use of sleeping pills, which should be used sparingly and under the guidance of a physician, preferably a sleep physician.

Does a bad night’s sleep make you overeat? (Science Alert)

Does a bad night’s sleep make you likely to overeat? (Science Alert).

Some studies, for instance, indicate that short sleep duration increases levels of the gut hormone, ghrelin, which makes us feel hungry and often leads to increased eating.

Poor sleep might also increase the reward value of eating by making certain foods seem more attractive and increasing our motivation to obtain them. This idea is supported by recent research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures activity in specific regions of the brain by detecting changes in blood flow.

The study found that, in people with limited sleep, the brain regions associated with reward “lit up” more in response to pictures of tasty food, suggesting that sleepy people found these foods more appealing.

At the same time, lack of sleep might also impair our ability to make decisions and exert self-control over food intake.

In another recent brain imaging study, 23 healthy people had a night of normal sleep and a night of total sleep deprivation followed by fMRI scans.

After sleep deprivation, there was greater activity in the amygdala region of the brain (which is important for reward behaviour) in response to pictures of food. Sleep-deprived participants also reported a greater desire specifically for high-calorie foods compared to low-calorie foods.

At the same time, the scans showed other regions of the brain believed to be important for “higher-level” brain function and self-control were less active after sleep deprivation. This means sleepy people may be less able to control what and how much they eat.

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A Helpful Video @ Insomnia

Over last 20 years of my practice, I have seen hundreds of patients frustrated by their inability to fall asleep or stay asleep or both. A brief video clip shared here explains insomnia and gives you a few tips to help you get started in the right direction. My sedating voice in this video is supposed to help you fall asleep!

Sleep Well, Live Well.

Your Afternoon Coffee Habit Could Take A Toll On Sleep

Your Afternoon Coffee Habit Could Take A Toll On Sleep.

“Drinking a big cup of coffee on the way home from work can lead to negative effects on sleep just as if someone were to consume caffeine closer to bedtime,” study researcher Christopher Drake, Ph.D., an investigator at the Henry Ford Sleep Disorders and Research Center and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University, said in a statement. “People tend to be less likely to detect the disruptive effects of caffeine on sleep when taken in the afternoon.”

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, included 12 healthy people with normal sleep patterns. For the four-day study, participants were instructed to maintain normal sleep schedules while taking three pills: one at six hours before bedtime, one at three hours before bedtime, and one right before bedtime. However, for three of the days, two of the pills were placebo pills and only one actually contained caffeine (400 milligrams’ worth, the equivalent of two to three cups of coffee). That way, researchers could see the effect taking the caffeine pill would have on sleep when taken six hours before bed, three hours before bed, and right before bed. On the fourth day, all three pills were placebo pills with no caffeine.

Read more on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/caffeine-sleep-late-afternoon_n_4276546.html