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Saint Paul, MN
A 21-year-old male asked:

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
Family Medicine 30 years experience
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.

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