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Can sleep disorders be prevented?

It may be possible to prevent some, but not all, sleep disorders. For instance, you may be able to prevent insomnia by making lifestyle changes that will increase the likelihood of getting a good night's sleep. For example, try sleeping in a dark room, avoiding heavy meals before bedtime, and going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day. If you have a condition that is a risk factor for a sleep disorder, such as obesity and sleep apnea, try treating the condition before sleep problems start. Some sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, have unclear causes and therefore cannot be prevented.

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