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Better Sleep, Better Health: A Guide to Understanding Insomnia

Here’s what you need to know about this common sleep disorder


We all have a bad night’s sleep on occasion, but if it happens frequently, you may have insomnia. Insomnia — a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep — affects approximately 33% to 50% of Americans.

Like eating healthily and exercising, getting enough restful sleep is critical to good health. Insomnia can take a toll on physical and mental well-being, worsening existing health problems and increasing your risk of chronic illness down the road. It can also affect your ability to function during the day.

How can you tell the difference between just a few nights of poor sleep and insomnia? We spoke with Dr. Smita Patel, an integrative neurologist and sleep medicine physician, to find out more about the condition that keeps so many of us awake at night, including the long-term impacts of insomnia and the steps you can take toward better sleep.

Read on to learn more.

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Insomnia Resource List

Insomnia is not just a “sleep issue,” but rather has far-reaching impacts on a woman’s physical and emotional health. For more information, please contact your healthcare provider and visit the resources provided below.

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