Ask a Pharmacist: Evaluating Different Sleep Aids

What are sleeping pills and how do they work? Sleep aids, whether over the counter or prescription, are designed to treat insomnia and help you get more sleep. But, with so many options available, the choices can seem overwhelming. 

Over 50 million Americans suffer from more than 80 different sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million suffer intermittent sleep problems each year, according to the State of Sleep Health report by the American Sleep Apnea Association. 

Some of the most common sleep issues include sleepwalking, sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome, and in America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month while 11% report insufficient sleep every night. More...

Hypertension: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

About 75 million Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means one in every three adults are at risk. One in three adults in the U.S. also have pre-hypertension, or blood pressure that is higher than it should be, but not yet in the high blood pressure range. 

Despite the fact that high blood pressure was a primary contributing cause of death for more than 410,000 Americans in 2014, only about half of adults with high blood pressure have the condition under control. High blood pressure continues to be a serious issue in the U.S. and can lead to heart failure or stroke, the two leading causes of death in this country. What’s more, the costs associated with high blood pressure is around $48.6 billion each year when looking at the cost of health care, medications for treatment, or missed days of work. 

Are you one of the one in three that is at risk for heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure? If so, read on. More...