SelfCare Focus: a selection of newly published papers on self-care from the worldwide literature. 4. Prescription and Nonprescription Sleep Product Use Among Older Adults in the United States.

Prescription and Nonprescription Sleep Product Use Among Older Adults in the United States.

By: Maust DT, Solway E, Clark SJ, Kirch M, Singer DC, Malani P.

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019 Jan;27(1):32-41.

Summary: Older adults commonly use products such as benzodiazepines and OTC medications to promote sleep. Respondents in this nationally representative survey of community-dwelling older adults aged 65-80 (n = 1,065) reported difficulty initiating sleep or early awakening symptoms and use of prescription medication or OTC aids to promote sleep. Sleep symptoms were endorsed by 67.7% of respondents. Use of a sleep product was reported by 35.4%, with 21.9% using OTC sleep aids, 12.5% using herbal/natural aids, 8.3% using prescription sleep medication, and 5.0% using prescription pain medication. Self-reported fair/poor mental health (relative to excellent/very good) was associated with increased odds of sleep product use.

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