Insomnia

Can't sleep? You're definitely not alone. Check back here for the latest tips to treat your insomnia; stories from others who have lived through it; and ideas for how to function at home and at work despite your lack of sleep.

10 Mistakes Insomnia Sufferers Regularly Make

The very things that many insomniacs do to improve their sleep can actually harm their sleep.

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How to Have Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep hygiene are your sleep habits that can help to address sleep problems — and even prevent them from happening. These are the things you shouldn’t be doing in your bed to keep your habits “clean.”

By Martin Reed

How to Treat Insomnia When You Live with an Alcohol Use Disorder

Half of all patients report disturbed sleep during alcohol withdrawal. Here are some treatment options that may help.

By Martin Reed

How to Reduce Cancer-Related Sleep Troubles

More than half of cancer patients experience insomnia. Here are ways to fight sleep disturbances.

By Martin Reed

The Best Way to Treat Acute Insomnia

A single group-based session of behavioral therapy may be effective for some insomnia patients.

By Martin Reed

Can Sleep Really be Affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Although sleep complaints are a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome, researchers have often struggled to confirm them.

By Martin Reed

Trouble Sleeping? Nondrug Option May Help

New guidelines for treating insomnia recommend a type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia before considering medication.

By HealthAfter50

Can Melatonin Help You Sleep Better?

If you suffer from insomnia, you might have heard that the supplement melatonin is an effective way to get some sleep. But does it send you off to dreamland as promised?

By HealthAfter50

The Risks of Insufficient Sleep

Older adults are at higher risk for sleep deficiency—tending toward fewer sleeping hours and a different sleep-cycle pattern. Here’s what can happen when you don’t get enough.

By HealthAfter50

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Not getting enough sleep—generally six hours or less a night—has also been linked to a reduced quality of life and health complications such as cardiovascular disease.

By HealthAfter50

5 Sleep Stealers to Avoid

Try to stay away from the following stimulants, which can contribute to poor-quality sleep.

By Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Eli Hendel, M.D.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Eli Hendel, M.D., is a board-certified internist/pulmonary specialist with board certification in Sleep Medicine.

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.