Survey: Millions of Americans take sleeping pills

This file product image provided by Meda Pharmaceuticals shows packages of Edluar, a sleep medication that contains the drug zolpidem. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 said it is requiring makers of Edluar, Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. (AP Photo/Meda Pharmaceuticals)
August 29, 2013 11:43:11 AM PDT
There is more information about how far Americans will go to get a good night's sleep.

A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that nine million Americans took a sleeping pill within the last 30 days. That comes out to about 5 percent of American women and about 3 percent of men.

White Americans tend to use sleep drugs like Ambien more than other races.

Most of the people who take the prescription sleep medicine have a diagnosed sleep disorder.


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