Prescription and Nonprescription Sleep Product Use Among Older Adults in the United States.
By: Maust DT, Solway E, Clark SJ, Kirch M, Singer DC, Malani P.
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019 Jan;27(1):32-41.
Summary: Older adults commonly use products such as benzodiazepines and OTC medications to promote sleep. Respondents in this nationally representative survey of community-dwelling older adults aged 65-80 (n = 1,065) reported difficulty initiating sleep or early awakening symptoms and use of prescription medication or OTC aids to promote sleep. Sleep symptoms were endorsed by 67.7% of respondents. Use of a sleep product was reported by 35.4%, with 21.9% using OTC sleep aids, 12.5% using herbal/natural aids, 8.3% using prescription sleep medication, and 5.0% using prescription pain medication. Self-reported fair/poor mental health (relative to excellent/very good) was associated with increased odds of sleep product use.