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    If you have insomnia, you're more likely to:

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    If you have insomnia, you're more likely to:

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    Insomnia is more than annoying -- it can be a serious medical condition. If you have insomnia on a regular basis, you're 10 times as likely to develop depression as people who sleep well. Even if you only have trouble sleeping for a short time, during the day you may be tired and irritable. You may find it hard to focus, make decisions, or remember things at work.

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    Which of these can cause insomnia?

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    A heavy meal late in the day can keep you up at night. Jacking up the heat is also a bad idea. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool. A fan can cool it and drown out noise, if that's a problem. Some allergy, cold, and asthma medicines are other surprising sleep killers.

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    What works to treat insomnia?

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    Counseling can help you learn good sleep habits. You learn relaxation exercises and strategies for when you can't sleep, like getting up and doing something relaxing in a different room. Sleeping pills that are prescribed by a doctor can be a safe way to treat insomnia. Making a few changes to your sleep routine can improve minor sleep problems. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, limiting bright lights, and establishing a calm pre-sleep ritual all help. You also should minimize daytime naps, exercise, avoid caffeine after lunch.

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    You are likely to become addicted to sleeping pills.

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    You are likely to become addicted to sleeping pills.

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    You're unlikely to abuse sleep medicines unless you have a history of addiction, in which case your doctor may want to avoid prescribing benzodiazepines. Keep in mind that you can become mentally dependent on any sleep aid if you think you can't sleep without it.

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    You need at least how much sleep each night?

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    You need at least how much sleep each night?

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    Only a tiny portion of people can get by on six hours of sleep. Those who claim to function well on four hours are likely deluding themselves. Most adults need seven or more hours of sleep a night.

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    You're more likely to have insomnia if you:

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    If you travel and cross time zones often for work, you're at high risk for insomnia. The same holds true if you work overnights or a rotating shift. These lifestyles throw off your internal clock, which sets your sleep and waking times. Long-lasting stress -- whether it's related to a job, unemployment, or other issues -- can also trigger insomnia.

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    Insomnia can cause you to gain weight.

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    Insomnia can cause you to gain weight.

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    The less you sleep, the more likely you are to be overweight or obese. Sleep lowers the hormone ghrelin, which boosts your appetite. It also raises the hormone leptin, which makes you feel full. So sleeping less makes you hungrier and gives you more time to eat.

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    Who's more prone to insomnia?

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    Who's more prone to insomnia?

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    Women are almost twice as likely to have insomnia. Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause are some causes. Hot flashes and night sweats can make it hard to sleep. Women are also more likely to have some health issues that cause insomnia, such as depression, fibromyalgia, and restless legs syndrome.

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    Insomnia puts you at higher risk for:

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    There are many reasons to get help if you have insomnia. Besides raising your risk of obesity, poor sleep raises your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and depression. You're also more likely to have high blood pressure -- five times more if you usually get less than five hours of sleep.

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    If you lose sleep because of insomnia during the week, you can make it up on the weekend.

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    If you lose sleep because of insomnia during the week, you can make it up on the weekend.

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    Insomnia is more than annoying -- it can be a serious medical condition. If you have insomnia on a regular basis, you're 10 times as likely to develop depression as people who sleep well. Even if you only have trouble sleeping for a short time, during the day you may be tired and irritable. You may find it hard to focus, make decisions, or remember things at work.

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    What's the most common cause of insomnia?

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    What's the most common cause of insomnia?

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    Depression and anxiety problems are the top causes of insomnia. At least 80% of people who are depressed have trouble falling asleep or, more often, staying asleep. Sleep problems like restless legs syndrome can also cause insomnia. Leg pain, cramps, and tingling can make it tough to sleep.

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    Which may help your insomnia?

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    Regular exercise reduces stress and helps you sleep deeper. Just don't exercise within a few hours of bedtime. This can rev you up and make it hard to fall asleep. Try to keep your bed for sleeping and sex only. Avoid reading, watching TV, or using a laptop or cell phone in bed. Light-emitting screens -- even tiny ones -- can also keep you up.

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