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Think Twice about Sleep Medications

More than 1/3 of adults over age 65 take prescription or over-the-counter sleep medications.

However, research shows that people who take sleep medications like Ambien and Lunesta fall asleep only 8 minutes faster than people taking a placebo!

AND, these drugs can lead to Double the risk of a fall or fracture, increased risk of car accidents, and increased risk of dementia (especially using drugs like diphenhydramine, an anticholinergic drug found in products like Tylenol PM – also known as Benadryl).

Safe sleep with Melatonin

Melatonin regulates circadian rhythm, the body’s sleep/wake cycle. Melatonin levels decline with age –a clinical study found that melatonin levels in older men were 50% lower versus younger men.

Additionally, a study reported that melatonin levels in older adults can be at their lowest in the early morning hours (3AM) when melatonin levels should be at their peak!

For better sleep, take 5-10 mg of sustained released melatonin, 1-2 hours before bedtime, or at dusk.

Need more information? Look for, Wake Up! Melatonin is For More Than Just Sleep! Search it on Amazon or follow the link of www.TerryTalksNutrition.com and look under "Health Books".

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