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The prevalence of sleeping pills for insomnia

We recently came across a press release from Global Industry Analysts, Inc which gave us some hard statistics on the prevalence of sleeping pills.

  • 10-20% of the global population uses sleeping pills or tranquilizers to relieve insomnia and other sleep disorders.
  • The US is the largest market for sleeping pills - accounting for more than 48% of consumption.
  • In 2008, 57.25 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were issued in the US.
  • The number of people aged 20-45 who take sleeping pills doubled during the period of 2000 and 2004.
  • Non-benzodiazepines such as Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta are the most prescribed sleeping pills.

The press release also states that the global market for sleeping pills is expected to reach US $9 billion by 2015.

Perhaps it's no wonder that insomnia research is often lacking when unrelated to pharmacology.

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Last updated: September 1, 2010

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Martin Reed

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