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what to do if i am not getting enough sleep and am exhausted and struggling to concentrate.?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aim for enough hours: ; use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading or warm bath.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
If you are self-imposing the limited sleep hours - then stop doing this. If you just can't sleep & the above listed tips don't work then see your physician.
Dec 21, 2013

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