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Story Updated: Nov 6, 2012

About one in every 3 Americans has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night. Insomnia can cause fatigue, anxiety, loss of productivity and financial stress. Now, a new study shows it may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Researchers in Tawain included more than 43 thousand participants who were 45-years of age or older. Nearly 11 thousand were diagnosed with insomnia.

They followed the group for an average of 4 years collecting data on heart attack and stroke events.

A total of 424 heart attacks and 3,307 strokes were recorded. About 2 percent of those in the insomnia group suffered a heart attack compared to less than one percent in the non-insomnia group.

Slightly more than 11 percent of those with insomnia had a stroke versus six and a half percent of the non-insomniacs.

If you are struggling through sleepness nights, there are treatment options -including behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques and medications. Visit the National Sleep Foundation website for more information.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news that can keep you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and happy.