Patt Morrison for November 8, 2011

Worrying about worrying, more women turn to sleep aids

Ambien Bottle

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A bottle of Ambien, one of the popular sleep aids available for people who need help battling insomnia.

Superwoman by day, sleepless by night, mothers are used to pulling double shifts and making mental lists that never end: bake cupcakes for the school fundraiser, chaperone a zoo field trip, do the laundry, walk the dog...

It's no wonder more than 15 million American women between 40 and 59 years of age use sleep aids just to get some shuteye. There are options too, many of them: Ambien, the Ambien generic Zolpidem, over-the-counter melatonin, Lunesta, even Xanax and Tylenol PM. For some reason, women are the most common patients of insomnia.


Why are women more likely than men to suffer from insomnia? What keeps you up at night? How do you deal with it?


Nancy A. Collop, director of the Emory Sleep Center

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