Why Sleeping Medication Can Lead To More Harm Than Good For Insomniacs

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Don’t even think about popping an Ambien pill tonight, insomniacs: many Americans are taking over-the-counter sleep aids too often in an attempt to relieve their dysfunctional sleeping patterns, frequently in addition to prescription sleep aids.

How often many such Americans are ingesting the sleepers and the additive effects of them can be a virulent mix, particularly for older people.

That raises the question: are you one of them?

Let’s take a look at insomnia itself: aside from it being the most common sleep issue among Americans and impacting roughly 25 percent of the U.S. adult population who indicate having difficulty falling asleep (or remaining asleep), it is even believed that a whopping 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia is a sleep disorder that happens three times or more each week and lasts longer than a month. Women admit to having more issues falling asleep, and they are more likely to have insomnia than men. 

The older people get, the worse the problem becomes. Thirteen percent of the American population consists of people over the age of 65, as one third of them take prescription drugs and another 30 percent of them use over-the-counter meds. 

What’s more, a sizable 44 percent of Americans between the ages of 55-84 suffered from disturbed sleep three nights out of the week or more. The relationship between age and sleep difficulties is powerful and seems to be caused from worsening health, age-related changes in sleeping patterns, stress, and living in a nursing home or other old persons’ facility. 

Insomnia has been found in connection with an array of dangerous side effects, such as higher blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression, heart attack, obesity, and general pain. 

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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