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The National Sleep Foundation's annual sleep poll finds that as many as 50% of all Americans experience insomnia a few times a week. The organization stresses that although insomnia is treatable by a physician, most people do not seek medical help and thus face potentially serious health effects, such as increased risk of obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease.

Until you get in to see your doctor, a bit of self-help can get you on the right track, according to the Mayo Clinic's Sleep Disorders Center. For more restful sack time, researchers suggest that you

[] stick to a sleeping routine and wake up at the same time each day--even on weekends,

[] avoid eating or drinking before bedtime,

[] avoid caffeine and nicotine before turning in,

[] don't exercise too close to bedtime, and

[] keep your bedroom slightly cooler than the rest of your home.
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Title Annotation:Renew+Relax
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 21, 2005
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