Recently, the FDA has recommended that prescribing doctors and pharmaceutical companies begin reducing the doses of Ambien and two other sleep medications by half. Nine million Americans take sleeping pills on a regular basis and the thought of not getting their normal dose raises some legitimate fears.
A recent study reports that the 6% to 10% of Americans using prescription sleeping pills such as zolpidem (Ambien), temazepam (Restoril), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata) are up to 35% more likely to develop some form of cancer, and far more likely to die prematurely, than those who take no prescription sleep aids whatsoever.
It seems nowadays that everyone has heard of someone who has taken Ambien or Ambien CR and exhibited bizarre behavior while not fully awake.
“When it was time for bed, I would just lay there with my eyes closed and watch streams of code in my head”. says Charles Bellisamo, a software engineer in Chicago describing his nightly experiences with insomnia as “having a brain that was stuck in 5th gear”.
According to a recent study by Sarrafi Zadeh S & Begum K entitled: “Association between insomnia and quality of life: an exploratory study among software engineers “.
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