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Do you have a problem getting to sleep and staying asleep? If so, you are not alone. According to statistics there are 70 million people who have sleep problems in the United States alone. Can you imagine how many people world wide have the same problem getting to sleep and staying asleep?

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If your sleep problem is annoying, but not chronic or life threatening, you might try the following:

Before going to bed tonight, take a look around your bedroom while the light is turned off. How many sources of light do you see? Is your clock digital? Does your clock glow all night long. How about your bedroom TV, your radio, and your phone? Can you see a light source coming from them? Does light come into your bedroom windows from the street lights, or your neighbors porch lights?

Take a few moments to sit quietly in your bedroom. Do you hear traffic noise? Does your refrigerator clank loudly when dumping ice cubes into the container? Do you hear barking dogs or other noises coming from outside your home?

To ensure a good nights sleep your bedroom should be as dark and as quiet as possible. Get rid of all the glowing items by plugging your TV, radio, etc. into a power switch and turning everything off at night. If you just can't get rid of the lovely glowing digital clock, face the clock away from the bed so you don't see the glow. Use bedroom window coverings that block out the street lights, etc. Use white noise to cover most of the annoying house noises at night. If you have problems with barking dogs, then consider using ear plugs.

Simple changes such as these could provide you with restful sleep at night, but if your sleep problem continues, then browse the links below to find out more about your sleep problem and what you should do about it.

Sleep Disorder Resources

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
In people with this disorder, the body essentially insists that the day is longer than 34 hours and refuses to adjust to the external light/dark cycle.
Insomnia
Insomnia is defined as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both, despite adequate opportunity and time to sleep, leading to impaired daytime functioning.
Narcolepsy
Learn what Narcolepsy is, how common it is, the causes of narcolepsy, the symptoms, treatment, and outcome.
Night Terrors
Night terrors are more common in children, but adults can have them also. Learn more about this sleep problem, the symptoms, causes, and what to do about them.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Experts believe that restless legs syndrome is caused by an imbalance of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. Find out more about this sleep disorder.
Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder and can be life threatening. Read the definition, then find the symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, diagnosis and tests, treatments, drugs, and more.

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