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Published on December 19, 2016

Why Can’t I Sleep?

why can't I sleep?

Sleep is vitally important for your mental, physical, and emotional health – you know how lousy you feel after a night with little rest. Experts recommend some key tips for getting a good night’s sleep, such as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, keeping your bedroom dark and cool, and using your bed for sleep only. But what happens when you try all those things and you still can’t sleep?

If you have been having trouble getting a good night’s rest for some time, there’s a chance you may be suffering from generalized anxiety or depression. People with generalized anxiety or depression can have trouble falling or staying asleep. In fact, one of the most common symptoms of depression is insomnia.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder or depression, take our online mental health screening. The screening takes only a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is director of behavioral health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.


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