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Finding a sense of purpose probably won't fix your sleep problems

Don't believe every study you see on Google News.
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It's easy!

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If you're having trouble falling asleep, maybe you can rest easy knowing that if you just had a sense of purpose in life, you’d already be dreaming. But probably not. In all likelihood, that anxiety-inducing thought is actually going to make it harder for you to get enough sleep. That's not stopping some neurologists from recommending “purpose” as a solution to your insomnia.

That may sound ridiculous to you. Good! You’re appropriately skeptical. You may have recently seen some far-fetched headlines about drifting into dreamland more quickly once

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