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Sleeping Better

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Most adults do best when they get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. Sleep gives your brain time to grow and repair cells and rebuild your energy. Lack of sleep over time can cause sleep deprivation, or sleep debt. This affects your energy and mood. It's also linked with conditions like diabetes, obesity, and depression.

Improving your sleep

We all have trouble sleeping sometimes. Whatever the cause, there are things you can do to sleep better.

If you can't sleep because you are in great pain or have an injury, talk with your doctor. Also talk with your doctor if you can't sleep because you often feel anxious at night or often have bad dreams or nightmares.

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Current as of: July 11, 2023

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