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A 40-year-old male asked:

i am having a lot of issues sleeping through the nihht. maybe too much caffeine. what is the best way to get me in a nice sleeping pattern and sleep?

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Sleep hygiene..: As you mention, it is very important that you limit your caffeine consumption especially close to the time to go to bed. Also try not to read, watch TV or do anything else in bed besides having intimacy or sleeping. Try to practice regular exercise and diet.
Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Sleep hygiene: Some tips include: no naps during the day, avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol too close to bedtime, exercise vigorously in the AM or early afternoon, no large meals close to bedtime, get exposure to natural light during the day, establish a relaxing bedtime routine, and use the bed only for sleep and sex, and make the bedroom comfortable and dark.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Sleep hygiene: Avoid coffee after 12noon, excercise daily,avoid day time naps, try lighted rooms during the day or outdoors, sleep in rooms that have no lights. Get up if after 30 minutes you can not sleep
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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, warm bath or lavender scent.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Sleep hygiene.: To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. And certainly don't drink caffeinated beverages within several hours of going to bed.

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