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Americans’ use of prescription sleep medications drops dramatically

December 1, 2022

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After rising steeply for several decades, Americans’ use of prescription sleep aids is dropping sharply, a new study suggests.

The study, published online July 12, 2022, by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, analyzed data from 29,400 adults gathered from 2013 to 2018 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. At three separate visits over this period, participants presented prescription bottles for all medications they’d used in the prior month. Researchers noted all medications used for sleep disturbance (whether or not they were FDA-approved for that use) and examined changes in their use over time.

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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Maureen Salamon is executive editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later covered health and medicine for a wide variety of websites, magazines, and hospitals. Her work has … See Full Bio
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