Monday, December 3, 2012

Insomnia medications can increase memory and concentration problems

This article discusses how certain medications used for insomnia can increase mild memory and concentration problems in older people. The medications mentioned were benzodiazepines, like valium and anti-histamines, like benadryl but also the "PM" over the counter sleep aids. The study authors acknowledged that some patients may need these medications despite the risk. But at least for insomnia, non-drug treatments have been shown to improve sleep quality. Talk to your doctor or a sleep physician about how you can improve your sleep, rather than resorting to medications.

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