BEWARE OF SLEEPING PILLS
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.