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Insomnia is the inability to sleep well. It is a common problem for most people at some time. Insomnia may make it hard for you to get to sleep, stay asleep, or sleep as long as you need to. This can make you tired and grouchy during the day. It can also make you forgetful, less effective at work, and unhappy.
Insomnia can be caused by conditions such as depression or anxiety. Pain can also affect your ability to sleep. When these problems are solved, the insomnia usually clears up. But sometimes bad sleep habits can cause insomnia.
If insomnia is affecting your work or your enjoyment of life, you can take steps to improve your sleep.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
What to avoid
What to try
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 7, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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