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In some cases, sleep problems are related to preventable health conditions, such as obesity. Addressing such conditions may help prevent sleep problems. For example, experts think that weight loss may help overweight people who have obstructive sleep apnea.

Other times, lifestyle modifications may be needed to prevent a sleep disorder from developing. For example, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet can help ward off sleep problems.

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Other sleep problems can be avoided by practicing good sleep habits, called sleep hygiene. Below are some suggestions for better sleep: