New sleeping pill can help patients wake up in response to threat
A new sleep pill that won’t suppress your ability to wake up in presence of threat - interesting science news

Benzodiazepines, which are the most commonly prescribed sleep pills impair the brains ability to arose in presence of threat and several study participants sleep through loud noises like vacuuming close to their ears. This poses threat when these drugs impair a person’s ability to wake up when there is a sudden earthquake or fire.

Now, researchers have developed a new drug named DORA-22 which when tested in mice, arose them quickly in presence of threat, but these mice could go back to sleep immediately after the threat was withdrawn.

DORA or dual orexin receptor antagonists selectively act on the brain’s sleep pathways and hence safer than traditional benzodiazepines.

Read the full story: ScienceDaily
Scientific publication: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience


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