Harris points out that only a limited number of studies have looked at the long term effects of chronic use. That’s something people don’t seem to loose sleep over as they pop another pill. Linsey davis, abc news, new york. This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. ABC News Live Empty Government Buildings Costing Over $1 Billion a Year to Maintain Properties owned by the government for sale but rules and red tape are preventing them from selling. High-Tech Military Technology Being Used to Fight Yosemite Wildfires Drones, military tankers and rim fires are being used to target and stop this massive Calif. blaze.
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New way to improve internal clock function may treat sleep disorders
Earlier studies have tried to track pill use through prescription sales, but that offered a flawed view. RELATED: CURRENT AMBIEN DOSAGE DANGEROUSLY HIGH: FDA Spauln/Getty Images Experts say there are millions more who opt for over-the-counter medicines or chamomile tea, and many who just suffer through sleepless nights. For adults, the recommended amount of sleep is 7 to 9 hours each night. Previous CDC research suggests at least a third of adults get less than that. Doctors offer tips for good sleeping that include sticking to a regular bedtime schedule, getting exercise each day and avoiding caffeine and nicotine at night.
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CDC: 9 million Americans use prescription sleeping pills
Amir and Dr. Nahum Sonenberg set out to determine how protein synthesis is controlled in the brain clock. Mice without a specific protein overcame body clock disruptions rapidly Dr. Sonenberg explained “We identified a repressor protein in the clock and found that by removing this protein, the brain clock function was surprisingly improved.” They studied mice that lacked 4E-BP1, a protein that blocks the vital function of protein synthesis. They found that mice that lacked 4E-BP1 recovered from circadian clock disruptions much more rapidly than mice with the protein. Dr.Ruifeng Cao, who works with the two other doctors said “In modern society, with the frequency of trans-time zone travel, we often deal with annoying jet lag problems, which usually require a couple of weeks of transition. However, by inducing a state like jet lag in the mice lacking that protein, we found they were able to adapt to time zones changes in about half of the time required by regular mice.” They also found that the mice lacking 4E-BP1 had higher levels of VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide).
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Primary and secondary insomnia stem from different issues
“In most cases insomnia is multifactorial,” saidRobert Rosenberg, DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), of The Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff in Arizona, in an interview with dailyRx News. “Insomnia can be associated with medical and psychiatric issues which is the case in secondary insomnia,” explained Dr. Rosenberg. “Or it can be due to long term stress and the development of poor sleep habits, in the case of primary insomnia.” “If you have difficulty sleeping, it is essential to determine whether an underlying disease or condition is causing the problem,” NSF reports. By discovering possible underlying issues, insomnia can be more effectively addressed.
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