Barbara Phillips, MD, at down with MD Magazine at the 2018 CHEST Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, to share what she learned in sessions focusing on alternative medicines for sleep apnea.

One of the most interesting sessions that I went to at CHEST was this is “Your Sleep on Drugs” session. I went because I’m disturbed by how many medications are prescribed without much thought about the long-term effects or the addiction potential. I mean, our current
opioid epidemic is an example of this. And there was an entire talk dedicated to marijuana and sleep and, you know, I’m a child of the ‘70s. That’s when I was at college, right, so I was interested in this topic and didn’t know much about it.