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Experimental sleep aid helped test patients fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer

An experimental new drug to help insomniacs fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer is showing good results in clinical trials. Suvorexant, made by Merck, is a new type of sleep aid that works differently from others currently on the market. Suvorexant works by targeting and blocking chemical messengers known as orexins that are designed to keep you awake and alert. They originate in the hypothalamus, a major sleep center in the brain. The new drug was tested during a three-month period in two separate trials of more than 1,000 people who suffer from insomnia. Patients in the first trial ... Read More