Do you find yourself tossing and turning in bed at night? You're not alone.
A new study estimates that nearly 9 million Americans are taking sleeping pills to get a good night's rest. The majority of users are adults ages 50-59 and the elderly.
Studies show adults need an average of least 7 hours of sleep a night, but those in their 50's aren't getting that because of work and family stress.
Dr. Frank Froman is a clinical psychologist in Quincy and says there's both a positive and a negative when it comes to taking sleeping pills.
"Seeping pills work, they're effective. Unfortunately, many of them are habit forming, in that if you take them for a few weeks and try to go off them you'll find that your body does not like it," said Dr. Froman.
Over use of sleeping pills could lead to liver failure.
"You're in a state of trauma, you need a sleeping pill, absolutely understandable. But, for the everyday life that we all live to take sleeping pills in order to get through life, that's not really what they're supposed to be doing and that's probably a misuse of what they are," said Dr. Frank Froman.
Dr. Froman suggests going to sleep around the same time every night and do away with distractions such as cell phones or laptops.
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