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There is no magic cure-all for improving sleep. But by better understanding the different sleep problems, you can identify your issues and rest better at night.

The way you feel, think and act during your waking hours hinges on how well you sleep at night. Similarly, your daytime habits can seriously impact the quality and quantity of sleep you get at night.

The following articles can help you put a stop to nighttime problems and improve the quality of your rest and with it, the quality of your life.

 
 

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Better sleep: the basics

Dealing with insomnia

Sleep disorders and problems

 
 

Featured articles

Sleep Apnea: Loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common and potentially serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. Learn how to identify sleep apnea and start getting the treatment you need. MORE »

How to Sleep Better: The cure for sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine. Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. MORE »

Can't Sleep? Do you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are? Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, anxiously watching the clock? Simple changes to your daily habits can often put a stop to sleepless nights. MORE »

 
 

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Being physically active can ease depression, relieve stress and anxiety, enhance self-esteem, and improve your whole outlook on life. And you don’t have to spend long, boring hours in a gym to reap these benefits. Whatever your age, health limitations, or fitness levels, you can develop an exercise program that’s fun and rewarding and fits your life. MORE »

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