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A 20-year-old female asked:

I have insomnia and i try so hard to go to sleep but for some reason my brain wont allow it. it irritates me so bad. besides sleepy medicine is there another way i can fall asleep.?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Several things: Sleep hygiene includes several recommendations including: don't eat late at night, don't drink close to bedtime, especially caffinated drinks, don't watch tv or read in bed, go to bed to go to sleep. Have a steady sleep time and wake time, our bodies love patterns. Don't nap during the day. Keep a note bad to write things down near your bed, write it down and forget it, don't lay their thinking.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
First we need to : Find out why you have insomnia. Many things can contribute. Make an appointment with your family doctor to make sure there are no contributing physical problems. Then schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist to make sure there are no psychological contributing factors. And throughout all of this, practice good sleep hygiene---good food, good exercise in the early day, no caffeine, etc.

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Last updated May 7, 2016

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