Sleep Experts Urge Adults to Exercise Caution Before Using Sleep Meds

NPR (12/16, Neighmond, 465K) reports in its “Shots” blog that according to the CDC, “about one third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep,” and there is an increase in the use of prescription sleeping medications, although “sleep experts say people should exercise caution before deciding to take medication to help them sleep.” For example, health officials are concerned “that medication levels can remain high enough in the blood that people can have trouble driving the next morning,” and “earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration ordered companies that make zolpidem to cut the recommended dose for women in half because they metabolize the medication more slowly than men and it stays in their bodies longer.”

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