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Report: Junior Seau battled insomnia

Updated: May 31, 2012, 10:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Friends of Junior Seau said the former NFL linebacker suffered from insomnia, and at least four of those friends said Seau regularly took the prescription drug Ambien, according to a USA Today report.

Nancy Emsley, who frequented the same gym as Seau, told USA Today that she repeatedly stressed to Seau the importance of getting eight hours of sleep after taking an Ambien pill.

"He told me he usually woke up around 1 or 2 (a.m.) and couldn't go back to sleep," Emsley told USA ...

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