Trouble sleeping? CDC says you're not alone

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Having trouble sleeping at night? You're not alone.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that some 9 million American adults are using prescription sleep medication in order to get some shut eye.

With more and more Americans turning to sleeping pills or breathing machines before bedtime, it begs the question why are so many people having trouble getting a good night's sleep.

Dr. Anthony Suchoski with the TriHealth Sleep Center cites, "Too many things that pull us in different directions."

Dr. Suchoski says stresses of everyday life take a toll on our ability to sleep.

"The more stressors we have in life, the harder it is to turn our brain off and to get the adequate rest that we need because we have so many obligations," he said.

Suchoski says that's why so many people have turned to prescription and over the counter sleep medications.

"The medication helps as a short term, but not as a long term fix, and if they have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or other... the medications are not going to help with that."

Patricia Smith of Sayler Park began having trouble sleeping about nine years ago, feeling "completely fatigued." She decided to see a doctor rather than just take a pill.

Fatigue is just one of the symptoms of inadequate sleep which can have serious consequences.

"If you don't get enough sleep this can affect your memory, mood, and it's cumulative over time. You develop a sleep debt. This can lead to increased blood pressure, increased Cortisol levels and elevations in diabetes as well," said Dr. Suchoski.

He advises his patients to keep a regular schedule, get some daily exercise and take it easy on the smoking and caffeine.

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