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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Could Your Sleeping Pill Keep You From Hearing a Fire Alarm?

Some sleeping pills can impair your ability to wake up in response to a threatening situation, such as the smell of smoke or the sound of a fire alarm.

By Diane Domina

Stars, They’re Just Like Us: They Have Insomnia, Too

No much how much fame or fortune you have, insomnia can strike you, too. Just ask George Clooney.

By Martin Reed

Bright Lights, Bad Sleep: Light Pollution and Insomnia

The more exposure older adults had to artificial outdoor light at night — even from inside their homes — the worse their insomnia became.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

12 Ways to Sleep Better With Low Back Pain

Poor sleep and back pain pretty much go hand-in-hand. Try these 12 tips to ease your pain so you can get a better night's sleep.

By Martin Reed

Why Grieving Spouses Who Can't Sleep May Have More Health Problems

Research shows that stressful situations such as the loss of a loved one can lead to chronic inflammation and result in serious adverse effects on health.

By Diane Domina

What Insomnia Sufferers Are Tired of Hearing

You only know what it's really like if you’ve been there, and while your words of encouragement are thoughtful, telling me to "lay off the coffee" is not really the issue.

By Martin Reed

Will Melatonin Supplements Help Lull You to Sleep?

If you’re over the age of 40, your natural melatonin has slowed production. So why not turn to a melatonin supplement as a replacement? Well, for starters, there’s little evidence that shows its worth as a sleep aid.

By Ask HealthCentral

Trouble Sleeping? An Online Insomnia Program Might Help

Digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs can cut symptoms of insomnia and boost health in people with the sleep disorder, say researchers.

By Diane Domina

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

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.