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Ask the Doctor: Insomnia

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Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both. Many Americans turn to sleep drugs like Ambien for help. But are they the best option?

Dr. Ruth Gentry is a psychologist with Integrated Sleep and Wellness and also renosleepwell.com. She can answer your questions from 5pm to 6pm by calling 858-2222.

From the Mayo Clinic: Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

How much sleep is enough varies from person to person. Most adults need seven to eight hours a night.

Many adults experience insomnia at some point, but some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia. Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be secondary due to other causes, such as a disease or medication.

You don't have to put up with sleepless nights. Simple changes in your daily habits can often help.
 
For more information, click on the link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/09/upshot/the-evidence-points-to-a-better-way-to-fight-insomnia.html 

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