Sleeping Pills not always the Best Option
It can get harder to get a good night’s sleep as you get
older, which is why many older people take
. But these medications
may not be such a good choice.
Recent research in the British Medical Journal
showed that sedatives such as Ambien and Restoril did have modest improvement in
sleep quality and duration. But use of the sedatives also increased the risk of
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty thinking
Before turning to sleeping pills, ask yourself whether
you’re taking other steps to improve your sleep. Do you get plenty of exercise
every day? If not, that’s one reason why you can’t fall asleep. Your body hasn’t
burned enough energy during the day. Do you strictly limit caffeine?
Remember—carbonated drinks such as Coke are highly caffeinated and can affect
the quality of your sleep. Do you keep your bedroom very dark a night? Too much
light has a negative effect.
Give these suggestions at try for several weeks. You may
find that you don’t really need sleeping pills after all. If you still have
problems, talk with your doctor about other possible causes and what you can do
British Medical Journal, 11 November 2005.