Study: Prescription sleep meds on downhill trend

NCPA August 17, 2022

Americans may be tired, but according to research from the University of Florida, they aren’t turning to pharmaceutical options as often in the battle for a good night’s sleep. The use of medication to treat sleep disturbances has fallen dramatically in recent years after several decades of climbing steeply, according to a study by a team of researchers led by a University of Florida Health scientist. The study, published July 12 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, documented a 31 percent decline in the use of common sleep medications between 2013 and 2018, a trend thought to be linked to a greater awareness of the potential pitfalls posed by these prescriptions. BUT … it remains to be seen how the COVID-19 pandemic might have impacted this trend. Stay tuned.