We know that for some, insomnia medication is a necessity - although many complain about the side-effects; from unusual behavior to grogginess the next day.
Silenor, which has recently been approved by the FDA (after two previous rejections) works differently to medications such as Ambien and Lunesta - they work by essentially shutting down the nervous system, whereas this new drug works by decreasing histamine levels.
Clinical trials showed that there was, 'no meaningful evidence of next-day residual effects'. It's also the first sleep maintenance therapy that isn't considered a controlled substance - which may be of interest to those worried about dependency.
You can read more about this new drug over at BioWorld. As always, you should talk to your doctor before considering or taking any form of medication.
Last updated: April 30, 2010