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Why Can’t I Sleep at Night?

Statistics indicate a third of the people suffer from insomnia. Sufferers ask:

  • Why can’t I fall asleep at night?
  • Why can’t I stay asleep at night?

On top of that, many people suffer from a lack of deep, restorative sleep and, consequently, wake up feeling tired most mornings.

Insomnia is most common in women, older people, shift workers, and people with psychiatric disorders.

One study of people in Los Angeles found that sleep disturbances had affected 52.1% of the adults either currently or in the past. The types of sleep disturbances found included:

  • Insomnia 42.5%
  • Nightmares 11.2%
  • Excessive sleep 7.1%
  • Sleep talking 5.3%
  • Sleepwalking 2.5%

The most prominent sleep disturbance is insomnia: having trouble getting to sleep or having trouble staying asleep.

What Exactly is Sleep?

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