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i have trouble falling asleep due to varying work and school schedules (often overnights ). how can i improve my sleep habits?

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Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience Family Medicine
It's tough!: Especially with varying work schedules! Try to avoid self medicating (i.e. caffeine to wake up, and alcohol to fall asleep). Try not to read or watch TV in bed. Train your brain to associate your bed with sleep only. If you can't fall asleep get up and find something boring to read till you're sleepy. Get light blocking shades for windows, and some people find melatonin useful for insomnia.
Answered on Nov 4, 2014
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