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Tools to help with an all-too-common enemy: insomnia

3 min read Sleepless nights are all too familiar for millions of people. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 50 to 70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. Of those, about 30% suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is defined as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the opportunity to do so. It can happen occasionally or it can be an ongoing problem. The effects of insomnia can be far reaching. People who don't get enough sleep are more likely to have accidents and to make mistakes at work or school. They're also more likely to get sick and take longer to recover from illness. Many factors can contribute to insomnia, including stress, anxiety, depression, certain medications and illnesses, as well as dietary and environmental factors.Fortunately, there are many non-phamacological treatments that can help people get the rest they need.