TULSA - The first federal health study on sleeping pill use finds nearly 9 million Americans are popping pills daily to help them sleep.
The CDC says adults should be getting about seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but more than a third of all adults get less.
Between 50 and 70 million people suffer from sleep disorders or sleep deprivation according to the Institute for Medicine.
Doctors say falling asleep or waking up in the night are the most common problems
Drugs, like Ambien and Lunestra, are popular choices for prescriptions, and women are more likely to have insomnia according to experts.
The new report shows sleeping pill use is growing in people ages 40 to 50 and increases with age.
Doctors say the drugs are only approved for short-term use, but many people rely on them for years.
They can cause strange behaviors, like sleep walking, and have lasting effects into the day.
Experts say anyone who suffers sleep problems should talk to their doctor. There are other options besides pills, like sleep therapy.
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