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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 16, 2013

Prescription Sleep Aid Use Is Most Common Among Women, Older Adults

JAMA. 2013;310(15):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.278658

A new data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) offers the first look at which adults in the United States use prescription sleep aids.

The report indicates that during 2005 to 2010, about 4% of US adults aged 20 years or older said they had taken a prescription sleep aid in the past 30 days. Use was lowest among those aged 20 to 39 years, about 2%. The brief noted, however, that a 2008 market research report indicated that prescription sleep aid use tripled among 18- to 24-year-olds from 1998 to 2006. Prevalence increased with age, reaching 7% among those aged 80 years or older.