The 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.
If 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.
AARP 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 tips (with details in the article):
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