According to a Fox 2 Now news report, a new study reveals that some over-the-counter sleep aids may be linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Anticholinergic drugs- including popular non-prescription sleep aids and antihistamines may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in elderly people.

Dr. Joseph Ojile, of the Clayton Sleep Clinic and executive board member of the National Sleep Foundation, sat down with the Fox 2 News team to discuss the results of the sleep aid study.

Most over-the-counter sleep aids contain antihistamine products. These aids are designed to be used no more than two or three nights in a row.

The study included just over 3,400 men and women aged 65 and over with no dementia symptoms at the start of the study.

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