The Prevalence of Sleep Disturbance and Hypnotic Use

  • Wallace B. Mendelson


A variety of studies suggest that a high proportion of Americans are dis-satisfied with their sleep (Table II). Baiter and Bauer (1975), for instance, found that 11% of men and 17% of women felt that they had “a lot of trouble” getting to sleep or staying asleep, while an additional 19% reported milder degrees of the same complaints. A survey sponsored by the American Cancer Society, in which over one million men and women were interviewed in 1959 and 1960, found that 13.0% of men and 26.4% of women complained of “insomnia” (Hammond, 1964).


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wallace B. Mendelson
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  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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