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Everyone has trouble sleeping some of the time. But if it happens often, lack of sleep can affect your health and make it hard to get through the day. Learn lifestyle tips that can help you get the rest you need.

What you can do

Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others wake up in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep. You can change your habits and your home to make sleep less fleeting.

Stick to a sleep schedule:

Make your bedroom comfortable:

Practice Relaxation

Try different ways to relax. Find what works for you. Such as:

Live for Good Sleep

Things you do during the day can affect how well you sleep at night. You should:

When to Call the Doctor

Call your health care provider if lack of sleep is interfering with your daily activities.


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Review Date: 8/3/2018  

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