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What can I do to prevent insomnia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Depending on the cause of your short-term insomnia, it may be possible to prevent it. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause insomnia. If you think your medication might be the problem, talk to your doctor about alternative medications. It may also be helpful to make lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, keeping regular hours, working during the day, being active, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Sleeping in a dark, quiet place may also help you avoid insomnia.

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