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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Health concerns

Sleep elusive for many in wake of bombing

All over Boston, people are sleep-deprived this week. With nerves jangled and brutal images of Monday’s bombing replaying in their minds, many are having trouble falling or staying asleep, according to local physicians, who said that sleeping difficulties have been one of the most common health complaints since the attack.

Sleep specialists say insomnia and nightmares are normal in the first several days after such a traumatic event, and many people may be making problems worse by use of alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine.

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