Use of sleeping pills highest among older Americans: CDC

CDC researcher Yinong Chong said people in their 50s could have trouble sleeping because of work and family stress. “It gives the picture of a sandwiched group who has family, not only children but also probably elderly parents but still you’re likely to be in the workforce, so you get squeezed at both ends in terms of family responsibility and job responsibility,” she said. Sleep may improve when people retire before potential chronic health problems kick in and begin interfering with sleep, Chong said, adding more study is needed. The data also showed that 5 percent of women surveyed said they had recently taken a sleep aid compared to about 3 percent of male respondents, according to CDC’s report. Chong said it was not clear why women were more likely to use the drugs.
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Sleep Problems

Some people say they can function on four to six hours of sleep each night, but research shows that adults who get fewer than seven hours of sleep whether for just one night or over the course of days, weeks, or months have more difficulty concentrating and more mood problems than people who sleep seven to nine hours. Since you usually get less sleep, please talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns. Poor quality sleep can affect many areas of your life and health, and your doctor may be able to help you if you have difficulty sleeping or have insomnia or other sleep disorders. Learn more about the health consequences of sleep loss. If you’re concerned about having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, assess your risk for a sleep disorder. It’s wonderful that you got a good night’s sleep last night. Many people struggle to do so.
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