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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > Insomnia: Improving Your Sleep
Insomnia means that you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. It is a common problem. Most people will have sleep problems now and then because of temporary stress, worry, or an irregular schedule. But when you have trouble sleeping for weeks or months, it can lead to health problems. Worrying about it only makes it worse.
The good news is that if you can change the way you think about sleep, and then make some simple lifestyle changes, you may improve how well you sleep. This topic will give you some tips on how to do just that.
Here are some tips that may help you sleep more soundly and wake up feeling more refreshed. You might want to start slowly at first. Pick one thing to change, and see how that change affects your sleep. After a week or two, try to add another change. As you make changes, you might want to use a sleep journal( What is a PDF document? ) to figure out what things help you to sleep better and what things may get in the way of a good night's sleep. Step by step, your sleep should improve. If it doesn't, talk to your doctor.
Current as ofMay 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as of:
May 28, 2019
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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