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États-Unis : Plus d'un tiers des personnes âgées prennent des somnifères

le 6 octobre 2017

Le sondage national américain sur le vieillissement en bonne santé, qui a été mené auprès de plus de 1 000 personnes âgées de 65 à 80 ans, a révélé que 14 % d'entre elles prenaient régulièrement des somnifères sur ordonnance, des analgésiques sur ordonnance et de l'aide au sommeil en vente libre ou des suppléments à base de plantes médicinales, et 23 % le faisaient à l'occasion. (en anglais)

Nearly half said they had trouble falling asleep at least one night a week, while 15 per cent reported problems three or more nights a week.

The survey’s results came after a leading sleep scientist, Professor Matthew Walker, warned that a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” was causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity and poor mental health.

He said an undervaluing of the importance of sleep by employers, politicians and society in general was partly responsible for the extent of the problem, along with other factors like computers, smartphones, alcohol and caffeine.

Dr Preeti Malani of Michigan University, who led the new survey, said many elderly people were not seeking advice from doctors partly because they wrongly thought sleeplessness was a natural part of the ageing process.

She stressed that taking some kind of pill was not a long-term solution and could be dangerous.

Source Independent