9 Million Using Prescription Sleep Aids
Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you've got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately nine million adults in the United States that's 4 percent of the population used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep. This is just one of the findings from a newlyreleased Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on prescription sleep aid use in the United States. government study to investigate use of prescription sleep medication. Until now, data on sleep aid use has come primarily from rates of prescriptions sold and by market research, which for years have formed the basis of reports of increasing demand for prescription sleep aids. Now, for the first time, we have results from a national public health study addressing the issue of prescription sleep medicine. These CDC results provide important information not only about how commonly these Matthew Stafford Authentic Jersey medications are being used, but also about some of the social and demographic factors that are associated with their use:
Age: Prescription sleep aid use increases with age. Sleep medication use was lowest among the youngest age group (20 to 39) roughly 2 percent of young adults had used prescription sleep aids in the past 30 days. Among adults 50 to 59 that figure rose to 6 percent, and to 7 percent among adults 80 and older.
Gender: Women are significantly more likely to use prescription sleep medication than men.
Not surprisingly, rates of prescription sleep medication are highest among people who report the http://www.lionsofficialnfl.com/81-calvin-johnson-jersey-authentic-black-limited-cheap.html most difficulty with their sleep:
Adults who reported sleeping no more than five hours per night had the highest rates of prescription sleep aid use. People who slept Calvin Johnson Authentic Jersey nine or more hours also used prescription sleep aids with greater frequency than those who reported sleeping within the recommended range of seven to eight hours per night.
Adults who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders showed dramatically higher rates of prescription medication use, as did adults who said they told their physicians about having trouble sleeping. More than 16 percent of adults with a diagnosed sleep disorder used prescription sleep medications in the past 30 days. Almost 13 percent of adults who had reported sleep problems to their doctors were using sleep medications.
What are we to make of these results? The prevalence of sleep medication use and, in particular, the very high rates of use among people with sleep disorders and poor sleep suggest to me that we need to take a closer look at how to prescribe sleep medication responsibly and appropriately. We also need to pay more attention to how best to use prescription sleep aids in conjunction with other treatme...