8 things to know about the latest sleeping pill

The newest sleeping pill to hit the local market is suvorexant, a new type of hypnotic with a short track record and, by some accounts, lingering doubts about its effectiveness.

However, on the upside, dependence is less likely to be a problem compared with benzodiazepines or z-drugs.

That said, a recent review in Australian Prescriber urges caution with long-term use.

“Suvorexant should not be taken for more than three months without the indication being reviewed,” the authors write.