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“Silent reflux” may cause sleep disturbance

Sleep AidNov 01 05

Gastric reflux that doesn’t cause heartburn may still lead to significant sleep disturbances, resulting in daytime sleepiness and fatigue, investigators reported this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in Honolulu.

“For some time we have noted that acid in the esophagus that occurs when people are asleep will produce a brief arousal response, and that if it occurs multiple times over the course of a night it can produce significant sleep disruption,” said lead investigator Dr. William C. Orr.

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Sleep Disorders Drug Closer to Approval

Sleep AidOct 24 05

Cephalon Inc. said Friday it moved closer to U.S. approval for marketing a version of its Provigil sleep-disorders drug, the company’s best-selling medicine, to treat attention-deficit disorder in children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a so-called approvable letter for Sparlon, a new formulation and dose of Provigil, Cephalon said in a statement Friday. Sales of Sparlon probably will begin in early 2006, the company said. An approvable letter spells out steps for getting final approval from the FDA to begin marketing.

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Many young children don’t get enough sleep

Sleep AidOct 19 05

A survey being released on Wednesday shows what millions of groggy parents already know: Many babies and toddlers do not get enough sleep.

Twenty-six percent of parents of children up to four years old said in a recent survey that their child gets less than enough sleep. The survey was commissioned by Pampers and conducted with the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

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Prescription sleep aid use soaring in US: study

Sleep AidOct 17 05

The number of younger Americans reaching for prescription drugs to get a good night’s sleep and the money being spent to keep from tossing and turning, is soaring, according to a study conducted by a prescription management company.

Among adults aged 20 to 44, use of sleep medications doubled between 2000 and 2004, while spending among the age group for a restful night jumped 190 percent over that period, the Medco Health Solutions study released on Monday found.

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Back Sleeping and Pacifiers at Bedtime Reduce SIDS Risk

Sleep AidOct 12 05

To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should be put on their backs—not their sides or stomachs—for sleep, and should not share the parents’ bed except for nursing and comforting.

On the other hand, sharing a room with parents appears to be protective against SIDS, as is putting infants to bed with a pacifier.

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Scientists Finding Out What Losing Sleep Does to a Body

Sleep AidOct 10 05

With a good night’s rest increasingly losing out to the Internet, e-mail, late-night cable and other distractions of modern life, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that too little or erratic sleep may be taking an unappreciated toll on Americans’ health.

Beyond leaving people bleary-eyed, clutching a Starbucks cup and dozing off at afternoon meetings, failing to get enough sleep or sleeping at odd hours heightens the risk for a variety of major illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, recent studies indicate.

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Sleep AidOct 06 05

Why is this medication prescribed?

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Eszopiclone is in a class of medications called hypnotics. It works by slowing activity in the brain.

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What is Lunesta?

Sleep AidOct 06 05

Lunesta ™ (eszopiclone) is a new prescription sleep aid that can give you and your restless mind the sleep you need. So you can finally enjoy a restful night and a fresh start.

You can feel good about taking Lunesta.
Lunesta is designed to give you a restful night’s sleep. It not only helps most people fall asleep quickly, it helps you stay asleep all night long with fewer interruptions and wake up refreshed.

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Lunesta 3 mg tablet

Sleep AidOct 06 05

Lunesta: IMPORTANT NOTE The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

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Information for patients taking LUNESTA

Sleep AidOct 06 05

Your doctor has prescribed LUNESTA to help you sleep. The following information is intended to guide you in the safe use of this medicine. It is not meant to take the place of your doctor’s instructions. If you have any questions about LUNESTA tablets, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

LUNESTA is used to treat different types of sleep problems, such as difficulty in falling asleep, difficulty in maintaining sleep during the night, and waking up too early in the morning. Most people with insomnia have more than one of these problems. You should take LUNESTA immediately before going to bed because of the risk of falling.

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