Sleeping Pills and Moms

Sleepless mothers increasingly turn to medication for relief.
2:04 | 11/08/11

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And now healthy living all day long we have been reading a torrent of messages from women coming forward to say they have to -- pills to sleep that night. Millions of them saying they're paying the price for days filled with stress ABC's Andrea canning dives into the secret. Now out in the open. Motherhood -- regular as late night eating sleep deprivation. Increasingly it's not just new moms older mothers can't seem to get enough sleep either a wake up a -- -- -- write my thoughts are racing all family stress and anxiety has moms like Tina gable housing more dependent on sleeping aids she's hooked on Tylenol PM. Nearly three -- -- American women confessed to taking pills at least a few nights a week I know its occurrence. -- I can't stop take the biggest consumers -- sleeping. Women aged forty to 59. Last year over fifteen million women in that age category were prescribed Indian usually twice the number of men. Why so many women. Women today having -- -- on society a lot of the times they're working but there are also coming home and taking care of their families and in addition there's biological changes. Pregnancy. Having -- be be young kids and manage menopause. Story first ran in the New York Times igniting a debate online. On Jennifer wrote -- Nesta is necessary at this point just like a vitamin. Otherwise I'd walk around like a zombie all day. Kristen Kemp is trying to stop. I load my dependence on nights I try to wean myself off the stuff I lie awake paying for it while using drugs from time to time to fall asleep is widely seen as safe. Studies show long term use could take years off your life. Doctors say getting exercise keeping the Blackberry and tablet away from the bedroom. Even making a to do list for the next day can help you wind down without the help of a little -- Andrea canning ABC news New York.

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