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A 22-year-old female asked:

Other than melatonin, what could i take to help me stay asleep but not have an effect on sleepwalking. i tend to sleepwalk on zoloft and ambien (zolpidem).

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Insomnia: The best way to initially combat insomnia is proper sleep hygiene. Be sure to exercise and eat healthy throughout the day, don`t drink caffeine 6 hrs before bedtime and only use your bed for sleep or sexual activity. Also, staying away from drugs and alcohol will help you get better rest.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Good sleep hygiene: Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used 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. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, lavender scent.
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Last updated Nov 1, 2018

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