ER Visits Soar for Older Adults Taking Ambien

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe number of emergency room visits by people taking the sleep medication zolpidem (the active ingredient in Ambien and other drugs) more than tripled between 2005 and 2010, with nearly three out of four visits from adults age 45 or older, according to a new federal report. Adverse reactions to the sleep drug that required emergency assistance rose from 6,111 ER visits in 2005 to 19,487 in 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found. In 2010, …

Save Our Sleep: End Daylight Saving Time

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA sleep-starved nation is begging: Enough with daylight saving time. A new survey — OK, it’s by the mattress industry, but still — shows that the morning after the “spring forward” time change that takes away an hour of our precious sleep, 61 percent of Americans are dragging. According to the Better Sleep Council’s survey of 1,038 adults, the immediate effects of losing an hour of shut-eye affected everything from people’s moods to eating and driving habits, the Los Angeles …

Sleep Disorders More Common With Age

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf your sleep quality feels like it’s worsening with age, you might not be dreaming: The older we get, the more we’re at risk for conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring, doctors say. Such sleep disturbances won’t merely leave you groggy in the a.m. — they can also up your risk of developing hypertension, depression, heart disease and brain problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even classified “insufficient sleep” as a public health epidemic.

Are Morning People Happier, Healthier Than Night Owls?

Posted on 06/18/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMorning people: They’re so annoying. All perky and cheerful, bounding out of bed, talking too much, smiling, even — heaven forbid — humming. And now these irritating early birds have something else to be smug about — a happier, healthier life as they age. Amazing as it may be to those of us who start the day grumpy and groping for coffee, a new study suggests that as we age, we become morning people. Not only that, but older morning …

Sleep Does a Body Good

Posted on 04/3/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthAARP has an article with tips on how to get a good night’s sleep – after all, studies are showing that getting better sleep means better health. This is important especially these days; too many folks are losing sleep from being stressed about the economy. They talk about the range of health issues that can arise or be worsened by a lack of sleep, as well as ways to ensure you get 7-8 hours per night. Here are a few …

The More You Age, the Less You Sleep?

Posted on 07/25/2008 by |General News | Comments

Your LifeOlder Americans be sleep less and less as they age.