Many Seniors Struggle to Get Good Sleep
Are you a senior who has trouble catching a few z’s? You’re not alone. In a survey of 1,065 adults ages 65 to 80, nearly half reported regularly having trouble sleeping. Of those, 60 percent reported using some type of medication—prescribed or over the counter—to help them sleep. Over-the-counter medications are a concern because people may assume they’re completely safe, yet just like prescription medications, they may contain ingredients with side effects such as confusion, difficulty urinating, and constipation. Only a little more than half of those reporting sleep problems had spoken with their doctors about it, but of those who did, two-thirds said that their doctors gave them helpful advice.
Source: University of Michigan, published at healthyagingpoll.org on Sept. 27, 2017