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Well -- you need prescription sleeping pills to get some shut -- you've got lots and lots of company nearly nine million Americans according to the first federal study on the subject.
The feds say most of those taking the pills are educated white women aged fifty and older.
Experts say millions more people likely are having trouble sleeping and use over the counter beds or.
Other methods with us now from the university hospitals of Cleveland doctor Michael Anderson doctor Anderson is chief medical officer -- case medical center doctor Anderson -- I'm fascinated by that by the white women over fifty popping the most pills what -- -- Trace it's an interesting study number want to give the federal government credit for putting this out.
And two I think if you look at that particular demographic.
These folks are dealing with a lot of stresses they're sort of the sandwich generation if you will.
They potentially have older parents that they're caring for as well as their kids and have you -- a career or or any sort of work on top of it.
These are very stressful lives I think that that particular demographic of women over fifty makes a makes a whole lot of sense.
Are you surprised by the vast number mean nine million people taking this and that's just on prescription beds.
Yet that that's a big number that -- to music -- disconcerting number that I think we in the medical community.
Really have to take a look at -- I think that's a lot of people that are taking prescription pain pills and as you point out.
There's a lot of other folks -- trying to over the counter remedies as well.
We know that a full third of American adults get less than the seven to nine hours of sleep every night that was really recommended for healthy lifestyle so I think.
This is once again an opportunity as we've talked about in the past.
For folks to talk with their primary care -- to be honest about.
-- sleep pattern to be honest about other things that affect sleep such as talking about their alcohol use talking about their exercise pattern.
-- -- think -- a chance for Americans to to think about this topic and the talk with the primary care docs about it.
Well look I've -- I use the occasion landing in the occasion of course being night time but but I hear these things are bad traveling at about fifteen seconds left but more studies show they're just not really good for you.
-- little bit disconcerting that these -- come last and the next day.
So I really think once again you've got a house and talked to -- because.
We don't know wanted to come to deeply rooted in being dependent upon these medications something tuchman a primary care -- is really key to this.
Doctor Michael Anderson doctor Anderson good to see you thank you sir.
Pleasure -- it.
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