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Sleep Habits

Learn more about factors that affect sleep and how better sleep can improve quality of life.

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Many factors can cause sleep problems. Depression, stress, illness, pain, heartburn, work shifts, extreme temperatures, barking dogs, and too much light are just some of these factors. Loss of sleep often brings fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, and even illness. Better sleep can quickly get you on your way to being your “old self” again. Treatments for sleep problems include medication and behavioral interventions. Behavior interventions help, because sleep is like a habit that can be trained.

Additional Resources

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Good sleep habits can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Your behaviors during the day, and especially before bedtime, can have a major impact on your sleep. Learn about healthy sleep habits.
Other Sleep Resources
Quiet Your Mind & Get to Sleep: Solutions to Insomnia for Those with Depression, Anxiety, Or Chronic Pain by Colleen E. Carney and Rachel Manber
  • Mindfulness Library: Meditation for Restful Sleep
  • Calming Your Worry, Module 6: Lifestyle Factors, Session 3: Physical Exercise and Sleep Habits