QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Took Medication To Help Fall or Stay Asleep Four or More Times in the Past Week,† by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2017–2018§
Weekly / December 13, 2019 / 68(49);1150
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* With 95% confidence intervals indicated by error bars.
† Based on a response of four or more to the survey question “In the past week, how many times did you take medication to help you fall asleep or stay asleep?”
§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey, Sample Adult component.
During 2017–2018, 8.2% of adults aged ≥18 years took medication to help fall or stay asleep four or more times in the past week (6.6% for men and 9.7% for women). Among men, the percentage who took medication for sleep four or more times in the past week increased with age from 3.8% among those aged 18–44 years to 10.7% among those aged ≥65 years. Among women, the percentage increased from 5.8% for those aged 18–44 years to 12.7% among those aged 45–64 years and 13.2% among those aged ≥65 years. Across all age groups, the percentage was higher among women than men.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2017 and 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
Reported by: Cynthia Reuben, MA, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4458.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Took Medication To Help Fall or Stay Asleep Four or More Times in the Past Week, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2017–2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:1150. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6849a5external icon.
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