This Week in Sleep Medicine: March 12, 2019
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Inflammation in the brain increases side-effects of hypnotic drugs
March 7, 2019
From the podcast: “In a study recently published in the European Journal of Pharmacology researchers at Okayama University show how the presence of inflammation in the brain can increase its sensitivity to benzodiazepines.”
Takeaway: Not surprisingly, sleep apnea leads to inflammation in the brain, so this makes yet another argument for avoiding certain kinds of sleep aids for those with sleep-disordered breathing.