Poll: 40 percent suffer from insomnia

August 5, 2008 1:59:47 PM PDT
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you're not alone. More Americans than ever seem to be struggling with insomnia. According to research from Consumer Reports, more than four in 10 Americans say they struggle with insomnia at least eight nights per month.

Nearly 1,500 people were polled about their sleep habits. Many participants reported difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up too early. The survey also found that nearly 20 percent of participants admitted they took drugs to help them sleep.

Research shows the pills help but they come at a price. Sixty-three percent of those taking the drugs had side effects, and one in four became dependent on the sleep medications.

Experts recommend other methods, such as using white noise machines or more regular bedtimes for insomnia.


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