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One-third of older adults use sleep aids without discussing issues with physician

One-third of older adults use sleep aids without discussing issues with physician
October 19, 2017

Nearly half of older adults in the United States reported difficulty sleeping and more than one-third take some type of sleep medication, but only one in four older adults discussed their sleep issues with their physician, according to recent poll results.

In April 2017, Preeti Malani, MD, MSJ, MS, from the University of Michigan, and colleagues administered the National Poll on Healthy Aging to a sample of 2,131 adults aged between 50 and 80 years. This study includes responses from 1,065 participants aged between 65 and 80 years regarding sleeping patterns, use of sleep medications and whether they discussed sleep-related concerns with their doctor.

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