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worried about insomnia

Hi, I am 19 years old and have been having ongoing sleep problems. i've had bouts of insomnia on and off before but it usually went away in a couple days without anykind of medication.  well about a month ago i started having insomnia and it lasted for about a week with me only sleepin a couple hours and some nights not at all so i went to my doctor and he put me on ambien. i've been taking ambien for a month now and still am not sleepin like i should.  i was prescribed 10mg. but have only been takin a half every night cuz when i took a whole it made me feel weird and sleep worse than when i only took half...some nights i dont sleep at all and others i'll sleep for maybe 3 or 4 hours and wake up and not be able to fall back asleep. i'm very tired and these sleep problems are takin a toll on me.... i stress alot and recfently i've been worried about a disease i heard about called sporadic fatal insomnia...i know this is very rare as well as other prion diseases and i probaly shoudnt worry about it as much as i do but my sleep problems lasting this long has got me stressed out? do you think i have anything to worry about and what are your suggestions for improving my sleep? thank you, your answer is greatly appreciated
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Sporadic fatal insomnia has nothing to do with regular insomnia. Sleeping pills are not a long-term or effective solution to insomnia. Behavioral techniques are the most effective solution. Insomnia makes people feel tired  but does not have serious effects on health. You can review my blogs for behavioral tips on improving sleep or visit my website.

Dr. Jacobs
www.cbtforinsomnia.com
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