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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:07 am

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15. Most nights, I cannot fall asleep. I haven’t used Adderall as a study drug all school year, and actually, reading Straight Talk’s column on it [April 2, 2013] made me get off it. Yet, 1 a.m. rolls around and I lie there wide awake, my mind racing, and I can’t get comfortable. I hate it. Does anyone else have sleeping problems and what do they do about it? — Sleepless Teen

Brennan, 21, Colorado Springs, Co.: I struggled forever with a sleeping disorder. What helped most was not looking at ANY computers, cell phones, or TV for an hour before bed. All “screens” prevent your brain from shutting down. Save textbook reading for last so you don’t have to be online before bed. Natural sleep aids, like GABA, an amino acid, can also help.

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