Almost 1 In 5 Americans Use Medication To Sleep

  • Nearly 20% of American adults use a drug to help them sleep, either occasionally or regularly, health officials reported Wednesday.
  • Sleep medications, sold both over-the-counter and by prescription, are a common treatment for sleep problems, said senior report author Lindsey Black, a health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
  • “Our report details patterns of use of medication to inform patterns of use among subgroups of the U.S. population,” Black said.
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