Americans Pay Dearly for a Good Night’s Sleep

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 70 million people in the U.S. may be affected by a sleep problem, and for 60% it’s chronic. Insomnia and other sleep disorders cost the nation $15 billion in health care expenses and $50 billion in lost productivity each year. Americans filled more than 35 million prescriptions for sleeping pills in 2004, spending $2.1 billion, a figure that may underestimate total costs. Although pill manufacturers warn of side

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