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    Understanding Sleep Problems -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Sleep Disorders?

    Many sleep problems cannot be prevented directly, but they may be linked to other preventable health conditions. For instance, many people with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight, and weight loss may help alleviate their sleep problems. Prevention of iron deficiency may reduce the symptoms of restless legs syndrome.

    In general, good sleep hygiene is your best defense against many sleep problems. Exercise and a balanced diet can also help you sleep better at night.

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 23, 2015

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