Health Tip: Treating Insomnia

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(HealthDay News) -- Insomnia -- the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep -- can occur once in a while, or become chronic. It affects more women than men.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions to help overcome insomnia:

  • Talk to your doctor about identifying any underlying medical problems or mental health issues.
  • Examine your daily routine for activities that may be affecting your sleep, including drinking alcohol or caffeine.
  • Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of using sleeping pills for a short time.
  • Try methods such relaxation therapy, sleep restriction therapy and reconditioning.

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