• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Can’t sleep?

February 23, 2018

a young woman in a dark bedroom, sitting up in bed with her eyes closed and her hand to her forehead, suffering from insomnia or depression or stressPrescription sleeping pills: What's right for you? 
Sleeping pills may help when stress, travel or other disruptions keep you awake. Prescription sleeping pills may help you fall asleep easier, stay asleep longer or both. Learn more about the risks and benefits of different types of sleep medications, underlying medical conditions that may be causing your sleep disruption, and which approach to treating your insomnia is right for you.

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Celiac disease and gluten-containing personal care products 
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