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What should I do if I can't fall asleep?

The first thing to do if you often have trouble falling asleep is to try to figure out why. Things that may make it more difficult to fall asleep include having caffeine in the afternoon or evening, drinking alcohol in the evening (it may make it easier to fall asleep, but not stay asleep), unresolved issues that are causing you anxiety or stress, and lack of exercise. If taking care of the above issues doesn't help you fall asleep, you could consider taking the supplement melatonin or seeing your primary care physician.

It happens: You go to bed tired only to find yourself tossing and turning. If this happens to you, get up and try one of these sleep remedies: Read a book until you feel drowsy; do some slow, gentle stretches and deep breathing exercises or try scenting your pillow with lavender. If it's nagging or racing thoughts that won't let you nod off, try jotting down your worries on paper so you can sleep better.

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