Harvard Health Letter

Learn the risks of sleep aids

Some of these prescription medications are linked to daytime sleepiness, a risk of falls, and more. Millions of Americans rely on prescription sleep medications, called sedative hypnotics, to fall asleep. While the drugs can help people get a decent night’s rest, they are not designed for long-term use. “Each of the pills has its own risks,” says sleep expert Dr. Lawrence Epstein, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. Types…

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