Don't ignore this common problem

Modern living is so convenient that it can be a little TOO convenient at times.

Case in point: When was the last time you saw a doctor for a seemingly minor, everyday complaint?

If you're like most folks these days, the answer might be NEVER.

It's too easy to just pop into a Walgreens or CVS and get whatever it is you think you need. Since many are open 24 hours a day, you can even dash out and pick something up to help you sleep.

Now, new research reveals just one possible toll of all that convenience.

Turns out many people... including potentially MILLIONS of seniors... are taking powerful and dangerous over-the-counter sleep drugs.

And they've never even spoken to a doctor about it!

The new study finds that 1 in 3 older Americans are using some kind of sleep aid, and the vast majority of them are turning to the on-the-shelf meds you'll find in that 24-hour CVS or Walgreens.

And most never speak to a doctor about this hidden "pill habit"!

The new study shows the reason for it, too: Half of all older folks believe that sleep problems come with the territory.

They think that as you get older, it gets tougher to sleep.

But nothing could be farther from the truth.

Sleep problems aren't normal at ANY age... and while they certainly become more common with age, they aren't CAUSED by age alone.

They're a sign of something else wrong inside the body -- something that needs attention, but will never get it if you never see a doctor.

It's time to change that.

Sometimes, sleep problems are caused by plain old bad habits.

Evening caffeine, late-night television, stress, and electronic devices can all disrupt sleep at any age -- and how your body reacts to these things can change over time.

For example, many people enjoy a cup of coffee after dinner. When you were younger, that evening latte may not have had much of an effect on your sleep.

That might no longer be the case today, so take a moment to go over all your habits... and see if there is anything you can tweak for better sleep.

If that doesn't do the trick, it's time to pass on the convenience of a 24-hour pharmacy and take the one step the new study finds most people avoid: See a doctor.

Don't visit one who just wants to put you on a prescription sleep med.

See a holistic doctor who can test you for and treat all the possible causes of sleep disruptions, including the hormonal imbalances that often strike with age.