Sleeping pills could be making your drive to work in the morning more dangerous.
Starting immediately the Food and Drug Administration is requiring drug companies to reduce the recommended dosages for sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta. The FDA says too many people are still under the influence of the drugs the next morning and are at higher risk for injury.
Dr. Puneet Patni with Kelsey-Seybold says the new requirement is a long time coming, "The duration of action of Ambien is six to eight hours, now most people don't even spend that much time in bed. So, this is a serious problem."
The FDA commissioned numerous studies that involved driving simulators and sleep studies. What they found was that there was a high percentage of the population that was still groggy, drowsy, and hung-over the next morning after taking a sleep aid.
Dr. Patni says sleeping pills also have a stronger affect on women. When men and woman of equal weight take the same dosage, the drug lasts longer in women. Which, puts women at higher risk on their morning commute, bike ride, or walk.