Insomnia patients often prescribed antidepressants, not sleep meds
By Madison Park — From cnn.com August 23, 2009 387
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from chronic insomnia, but new research suggests that doctors often prescribe antidepressants for the disorder instead of sleep meds. The problem, experts say, is that doctors may have better experience with depression meds, and they may be treating patients who suffer from both conditions. But there is little evidence that depression medications are effective at treating insomnia.