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Consumer Confidential: Sleeping pills: A risk of car crashes, gunshot wounds and Jason Bourne amnesia

Millions of Americans take millions of sleeping pills every year - a sign, many experts say, that human beings weren't designed to live in a wired world of constant stimulation.

All those highly addictive pills, meanwhile, have potentially serious side effects. So this week the Food and Drug Administration stepped up with a warning.

"Rare but serious injuries have happened with certain common prescription insomnia medicines," the agency said, including while people are "sleepwalking, sleep driving, and engaging in other activities while not fully awake."

The FDA is now requiring that the most commonly

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