This article discusses new research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that says that 9 million Americans report taking sleeping pills, whether prescription or over-the-counter to improve their sleep. This study was a survey, and there is nothing new from a clinical standpoint. Some highlights included that women are more likely than men to take sleeping pills, 5 percent versus 3 percent. More whites take pills - nearly 5 percent, compared to 2.5 percent of blacks and 2 percent of Hispanics. Prescription use increases with age, to 7 percent of those 80 and older.
Taking sleeping pills is not the only way to get better sleep. Talk to your doctor about seeing a sleep medicine physician, who can work with you to improve your sleep without necessarily resorting to pills.