With aging, sleep can become more fragmented and less restful. More frequent awakenings and difficulty falling asleep again lead to daytime fatigue and other problems. It's important to adopt good sleep habits before considering sleeping pills for persistent insomnia. For insomnia with anxiety, a form of counseling and training called cognitive behavioral therapy can help. Some people may need prescription sleeping pills, either short term or on a continuing basis. Sleeping pills should be used at the lowest effective dose to prevent daytime drowsiness that increases the risk of falls and accidents.
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