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Sleep Disorders and Aging Topic Guide

Sleep Disorders and Aging Sleep Disorders and Aging: Sleep problems are common among people as they age. People tend to sleep less in later years, but other sleep issues can be caused by a variety of medical symptoms and drug side effects. Daytime sleepiness and fatigue and reduce the quality of life for senior citizens. Medications and sleep hygeine, or a combination of the two, can help.

Sleep Disorders and Aging Topic Guide - Visuals

Sleep Disorders and Aging Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

ramelteon Ramelteon

Ramelteon is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It works by affecting certain substances in your body that help regulate your "sleep-wake cycle."

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zaleplon Zaleplon

Zaleplon is a sedative, also called a hypnotic. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (insomnia)...learn more »

melatonin Melatonin

Melatonin is a manmade form of a hormone produced in the brain that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle.

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nefazodone Nefazodone

Nefazodone is an antidepressant. It is used to treat depression, including major depressive disorder...learn more »

zolpidem Zolpidem

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia. The immediate-release forms of zolpidem are Ambien, Intermezzo, Edluar, and Zolpimist, which...learn more »

triazolam Triazolam

Triazolam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen) similar to Valium. Triazolam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced and cause sleep pr...learn more »

trazodone Trazodone

Trazodone is used to treat major depressive disorder...learn more »

temazepam Temazepam

Temazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Temazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with sleep problems (inso...learn more »

lorazepam (oral) Lorazepam (oral)

Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peen). Lorazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety...learn more »