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New sleeping pill aids in patients sleeping longer

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 7:00am

A new type of sleep drug is helping patients fall asleep faster and stay dreaming longer.

The drug, called Suvorexant, turns off receptors in the brain that cause wakefulness, rather than coaxing the brain to sleep like other medications.

Two company-funded clinical trials tested the drug on nearly 2,000 people.

Researchers found it took less time for patients taking the drug to fall asleep, and they slept longer than those taking placebo.

Experts say the drug will help people suffering from insomnia who have not responded to other treatments.

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