Older Americans Reluctant to Use Sleep Meds: Survey

    A senior woman sleeping in her bedNearly half (46 percent) of older Americans get less than seven hours of  sleep a night and 25 percent believe they have a sleep problem, says a Gallup survey released Thursday by the International Longevity Center-USA.

    Nearly 40 percent of those with sleep problems cited worry as a cause of
    their inability to get a good night’s sleep. That issue was especially common for those who were primary caregivers for a parent or other family member.

    The telephone survey of 1,003 adults 50 years and older also found that many of them have concerns about taking prescription sleep medications. Those concerns include addiction (68 percent), long-term side effects (77 percent), and next-day grogginess. Only nine percent said they felt prescription sleep aids were “very safe.”

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