About one in 25 American adults takes sleeping pills to help them fall asleep and stay asleep at night, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics examined surveys of adults ages 20 and older who were asked whether they had taken a prescription sleep aid in the previous 30 days. The experts found some distinct patterns among sleeping pill users:
-- Women were more likely to use sleeping pills than men (5% of women used them, along with 3.1% of men).
-- People over the age of 50 were more likely to take sleeping pills than younger folks. Six percent of people in their 50s used the pills, along with 5.5% of adults in their 60s, 5.7% of those in their 70s and 7% of those in their 80s. By comparison, only 1.8% of people in their 20s or 30s took the pills.