Insomnia: Is Worry the Problem?

Today we will be discussing insomnia, one of the most common disorders in our society that drastically impacts quality of life.  Insomnia is also tied to several other common neurological and hormonal conditions including chronic pain syndromes, depression, menopause, and traumatic brain injury sufferers.  In today’s broadcast we will discuss why individuals have insomnia, and by understanding this how solutions can be endeavored to provide a better nights sleep.
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  1. Hey Dr.’s!

    How about doing a Key to Success about Cravings. What to do when they happen especially when those of us who do try and stay on our diets as much as possible, what substitutes would you recommend,are there certain brain exercises that we could do to help prevent or help them? Would other exercises help when cravings come on suddenly? Any suggestions on this would be very helpful.

    Take care!

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