BE­WARE OF SLEEP­ING PILLS

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

The use of seda­tive drugs to aid sleep in older adults with in­som­nia may cre­ate risks that out­weigh the ben­e­fits of im­proved sleep, ac­cord­ing to a study. The study showed sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in think­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and day­time tired­ness. The risk of these ad­verse ef­fects was higher among older adults al­ready at greater risk of falls or men­tal im­pair­ment. The use of med­i­ca­tions for sleep — in­clud­ing com­mon, non-pre­scrip­tion sleep­ing aids — can im­pair mem­ory tasks and make a person more vul­ner­a­ble to falls and, in some adults, lead to con­fu­sion.

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