America is sleep deprived. Almost 70 million adults in the U.S. have a sleep disorder. About 40% of adults get less than the recommended 7-9 hours. Often, instead of developing healthy sleep habits people choose a pill. There were 58.5 million sleeping pill prescriptions in the U.S. in 2012. This is up 10% from 2007.
At the same time, almost 10% of adults sleep with a child. This raises problems from quality of sleep to the appropriateness, especially when it involves older children. When is too old to share a bed with your child? Is it good for you? Is it good for the child?
The New York Times, Advice About Sleep Deficiency in Midlife, Part 1: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/booming/advice-about-sleep-deficiency-in-midlife-part-1.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0
National Sleep Foundation: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic: http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/
Chicago Tribune, Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids Shouldn’t Be Overused: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-01-06/news/0201060397_1_coq10-otc-side-effects
Mayo Clinic, Sleep Aids: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sleep-aids/SL00016
ABC News, The Big Business of Sleep: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=343792&page=1
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Narcolepsy Fact Sheet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm
The Wall Street Journal, 10 Things the Sleep-Aid Industry Won’t Tell You: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-the-sleep-aid-industry-wont-tell-you-2013-05-22
Reuters, Half of British Pilots Admit to Falling Asleep in Cockpit: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/08/oukoe-uk-britain-pilots-sleep-idUKBRE98Q0L620131008