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.