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Sleep Disorders and Aging (cont.)

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You may wonder why your health care provider does not just prescribe a sleeping pill for you. The reason is that sleeping pills are linked with many side effects and complications, such as confusion, dizziness, balance problems, fall-related injuries, and daytime "hangover." Seniors should avoid taking these medications for long periods of time. These medications are considered to be only a short-term solution to a sleep problem.
 
If the sleep problem is caused by a medical or mental problem, your health care provider may treat that condition, or refer you to a specialist. Your health care provider may discontinue or change a medication that impairs sleep.

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