The Drs: OTC Sleep Aid Safety + New Body Types For Barbie


The Doctors: Are OTC Sleep Medicines Safe?

Sleep specialist Dr Raj Dasgupta joined The Doctors to help viewers learn more about over-the-counter sleep medications. Dr Raj explained that it’s important to get to the root cause of why you’re not sleeping. Sometimes, people will turn to over-the-counter medicines with the word PM on them. Dr Raj explained that it’s usually not a good idea because you’re not just taking a sleep aid, but you’re actually taking other medications as well that you don’t necessarily need. Plus, when you take a sleep aid, you need at least eight hours of sleep or you’re going to feel super groggy the next day.


If you really need a good night’s rest, try chamomile or valerian root, because if you often turn to OTC medications, you can have what’s called rebound insomnia. If you’ve been taking them for quite some time, slowly taper off to avoid rebound effects.

The Drs: OTC Sleep Aid Safety + New Body Types For Barbie

The Doctors explained why over-the-counter sleep aids may not be the best thing to reach for every night. ([email protected] / Flickr)

Are you guilty of taking over-the-counter medications in hopes of getting a better night’s rest?


The Doctors: Text Door Neighbor

Next, The Doctors wanted to share some dangerous viral trends they believe parents should be aware of. There’s a craze called text door neighbor where teens are picking a phone number with the same digits as their own, except for the last number that is one lower or one higher than their’s. They’ll then engage with strangers. Dr Jim Sears gave it a try saying one didn’t want to talk to him but the other engaged in a polite conversation. Dr Sears was straight-forward in saying that if his teen were to do it, he would not be okay with it.

It’s important to set boundaries with your children and their phones, to let them know what’s appropriate and what’s not.

The Doctors: What Is Scarification?

Speaking of trends, would you believe that scarification, a painful process that involves removing a layer of skin with a scalpel in the shape of a design, is the new tattoo trend. Dr Travis Stork said “this borders on self mutilation.” Not to mention the risk for infection, but many designs are botched leaving the person with unwanted but permanent results.

The Doctors: Aerotoxic Syndrome Sickened Plane Passengers

For their Doctors News in 2:00, it was reported that investigators haven’t yet confirmed why passengers and crew members got sick on an American Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles. Some experts believe the symptoms of dizziness and loss of consciousness were a result of Aerotoxic Syndrome which occasionally happens when cabin air becomes contaminated with traces of engine oil or hydraulic fluid. American Airlines stated “Out of an abundance of caution, all of the air filters on the aircraft [have been] replaced.”

The Doctors: OTC Pain Medicine Use

About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and many turn to OTC medicines like aspirin to manage pain from migraines, back aches, or other ailments. In a survey conducted by the American Gastrointerological Association, people who take OTC medicines for chronic pain often mix them with other drugs and fail to mention that they use them to their doctors. The survey also found that many patients view label instructions as “general suggestions” and ignore signs of an overdose.

The Doctors: New Barbie Body Types

Barbie was battling body image issues for decades, and now the makers of the popular doll are introducing a new line of Barbies with three new body types: petite, tall, and curvy. The new line called Barbie Fashionistas will come in a variety of skin tones, eye colors, hair styles, and outfits. Mattel issued a statement saying “These new dolls represent a line that is more reflective of the world girls see around them.”

The Doctors: Sugar To Remove Fingernail Polish

Oh no! You spilled nail polish on your floor! Now what do you do? Well thanks to a unique Doctors’ Prescription of the Day, sugar is the answer! Pour sugar over the nail polish and it will clump up, making it easy to remove! Of course, this really only works on hard floors, not necessarily carpet.


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