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Taye Diggs has been battling insomnia for 13 years

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Taye Diggs has been battling insomnia for 13 years. The 51-year-old actor has revealed the sleep disorder started after his son Walker - with ex-wife Idina Menzel - was born and it plunged him into a vicious circle of anxiety and restless nights which affected his work as he attempted to use alcohol in the evenings to help him nod off and energy drinks during the day to keep him alert.

Speaking on the 'PEOPLE Every Day' podcast, he explained: "This insomnia started when Walker was born. He wouldn't sleep all the way through the night, so I wouldn't know how many hours I would be awake, and then I'd have to work the next morning. "I wouldn't know how many hours of sleep I would get and it would affect my work.

I'd get anxious and it created a cycle and I never really got over it. " Taye went on to reveal his attempts to overcome the insomnia just made it worse, adding: "I'd try to do whatever I needed to do to stay awake during the day and, and try to fall asleep and stay asleep, you know, whether that meant more wine in the evenings or more energy drinks and Red Bulls during the day. "I always found little hacks that would kind of get me through. " It went on for more than a decade before Taye's 13-year-old son persuaded him to seek help from a doctor.

Taye explained: "It wasn't until just recently that my son took me aside and said, 'What's going on? You have work and then it's time for us to hang out and you're not really there. ' And that bothered me.

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