A new CDC study estimates nearly 9 million American adults use sleeping pills to get a good night's sleep.
The CDC study shows most of the sleeping pill users are white, female, educated or 50 and over. In addition to those popping a sleep aid, experts believe there are millions of others using over-the-counter medicines, sipping chamomile tea, or trying other alternative methods.
The estimate was based on interviews with about 17,000 adults from 2005 through 2010. Overall, four percent of participants said they had taken a prescription sleeping pill or sedative in the previous month.