A new government study says that nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping pills-and most are white, female, educated or 50 or older. According to the New York Daily News website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study was based on interviews with about 17,000 adults from 2005 through 2010. Study participants were even asked to bring in any medicines they were taking.
Overall, 4 percent of adults said they’d taken a prescription sleeping pill or sedative in the previous month. “Sleep disorders overall are more prevalent than what they were,” said Dr. Ana Krieger, medical director of New York’s Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine.
The article cites several factors that play a part in this. Some include obesity-related sleep apnea, the rise of social media and other electronic late-night distractions and financial worries from the recent recession. For more information on this story, visit the New York Daily News website, www.nydailynews.com.