By Brian James Rose
Both young and old rely on sleep aids. However, a 2013 CDC report shows that sleeping pill use is more prevalent among older Americans. The most common sleep aids are:
- OTC melatonin-based sleep supplements: Recommended for short-term use and mild insomnia precipitated by jet lag or shift work.
- Hypnotics: These are prescription sleep medications, of which there are two types: benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Restoril) and non-benzodiazepines (also called selective GABA medications; they include Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata). Benzodiazepines are said to be more habit-forming than non-benzodiazepines. Studies have also shown a correlation between benzodiazepine use and the increased risk of pneumonia in dementia patients.
- OTC Sedating anti-histamines: These supplements include Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, ZzzQuil, Diphedryl, Unisom Sleepgels Maximum Strength). Note that they tend to precipitate daytime drowsiness.
- Sleep-wake cycle modifiers: The newest prescription sleep supplements on the market, such as Ramelteon (Rozerem).
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