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Treating Insomnia Outside the (Black) Box

Elaine K. Howley, July 29, 2019

Although nonmedical interventions have long been at the top of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommendations, at least one expert hopes the warnings will encourage practitioners to consider alternatives to the commonly prescribed sedative-hypnotic drugs. “Oftentimes, the hypnotic ‘Z’ drugs, such as zolpidem, are a Band-Aid or cosmetic fix for something more involved,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, a sleep medicine specialist in Menlo Park, California.

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