Study Claims Sleeping Pill Use in US on Rise

In the US, 9 million people say they have used sleeping medication in the last 30 days.
1:28 | 08/29/13

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high-opening use about sleep aids. A new study reveals that more and more of us are taking pills to get a good night's sleep. And they may be more dangerous than we believe. Abc's lisa stark has the story. Reporter: Tossing and turning. Trouble sleeping. It's estimated nearly one-third of us will suffer from insomnia some time during the year. This morning, a new government study finds to get some rest, a startling 4% of adults in the u.S., Say they downed a sleeping medication between the last 30 days. Women are more likely to do so than men. And so are those aged 50 to 59. And especially those age 80 and older. Do you have patients who demand this medication? Sure. They need a short fix. Reporter: Experts say it's better to treat the real problem. Anything from an illness to poor sleeping habits. If you mask insomnia using medication, you may be masking an underlying issue. Side effects, including sleep driving. I saw what happened. Popping a sleeping pill, and 30 minutes later, climbing into a driving simulator. Worried that some people are still impaired after eight hours, the fda is looking closely at sleeping pills and how long drowsiness can last. Medications millions say they can't do without. For "good morning america," lisa stark, abc news, washington.

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