Percentage of U.S. adults who have used prescription sleep aids in the last month between 2005 and 2010, by age group*

Prescription sleep aid use in U.S. adults in the last month 2005-2010 by age This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults age 20 years and over that have used prescription sleep aids in the last 30 days, between 2005 and 2010 by age group. Six percent of United States adults between the ages 50 to 59 used prescription sleep aids in that period. Sleep aids are used to maintain or prompt sleep through the supression of activities within the central nervous system. The pharmaceutical industry has witnessed an increase in sleep aid prescriptions in the United States.
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Percentage of adults aged 20 years and older
All4.1%
20-39 years1.8%
40-49 years4.9%
50-59 years6%
60-69 years5.5%
70-79 years5.7%
80 years and over7%
Percentage of adults aged 20 years and older
All4.1%
20-39 years1.8%
40-49 years4.9%
50-59 years6%
60-69 years5.5%
70-79 years5.7%
80 years and over7%
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This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults age 20 years and over that have used prescription sleep aids in the last 30 days, between 2005 and 2010 by age group. Six percent of United States adults between the ages 50 to 59 used prescription sleep aids in that period. Sleep aids are used to maintain or prompt sleep through the supression of activities within the central nervous system. The pharmaceutical industry has witnessed an increase in sleep aid prescriptions in the United States.
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Release date
August 2013
Region
United States
Survey time period
2005 to 2010
Age group
20 years and older
Supplementary notes
* Adults aged 20 and over who used prescription sleep aids in the past 30 days.
Sleep aids include all hypnotic drugs as well as four antidepressant or sedative medications that are often prescribed for both insomnia and depression.

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