Sleep Disorders


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.

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Alternative Treatment

10 Mistakes Insomnia Sufferers Regularly Make

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

By Martin Reed

The Latest

Woman taking a nap in front of her laptop

Is the Power Nap Over?

Don’t hit snooze just yet. New research reveals that long naps may be hurting your heart health.

By Sarah Ellis
Woman can't sleep because her husband is snoring

Ask the Expert: Clete Kushida, MD, PhD

Clete Kkushida, MD, PhD, is division chief and medical director of Stanford Sleep Medicine in Palo Alto, California.

By Clete Kushida, M.D., Ph.D.
Patient and doctor

Team Up!

Frank communication is often the ticket to finding sleep solutions that work for you.

By Martin Reed
John Holcomb and family

Living With Insomnia

John Holcomb has had insomnia his entire life. Here's how he and his family manage when he can’t sleep.

By Rosemary Black
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Risk Factors

Want to Make Better Food Choices? Do This at Night

If sleep is fleeting—especially if you’re a woman—you may be more likely to adopt heart-harming eating habits, according to new research. Here’s the 411.

By Lara DeSanto
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6 Last-Minute Beach Reads That Lift You Up

There's still time: Grab one of these feel-good books and hit the hammock!

By Meryl Davids Landau
Ann Dienes and her husband, Robert.

Insomnia Lesson Plan

A college professor reveals her tips for better sleep.

By Beth Howard
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Sleep Solutions

There are more ways to tackle insomnia than you might think.

By Avery Hurt
Man plugging his ears with his fingers.

Advice I Don’t Need

These are the worst—and best—things to say to someone with insomnia.

By Martin Reed
Counting sheep to fall asleep

Ask The Expert: Meir Kryger, M.D.

Meir Kryger, M.D., is a professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, and author of The Mystery of Sleep: Why a Good Night’s Rest Is Vital to a Better, Healthier Life.

By Meir Kryger, M.D.

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed
Patient Advocate

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

Eli Hendel, M.D.
Medical Reviewer

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