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how can i treat insomnia?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
32 years experience Psychiatry
Insomnia: Start with looking at your sleep hygeine. Go to bed and rise at the same time each night and morning. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, not too hot or  cold. Avoid caffeine. Avoid large, late meal. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping. Physical activity may help, but not too close to bedtime. If your doing all these things and not sleeping see your doc.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep Hygiene.: Concur with dr. Reynolds. Persistent sleep problems may require medical evaluation. Practicing good sleep hygiene is very important. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, .
Answered on Jun 27, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hours of bedtime. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. 8. No naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching TV. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV until sleepy. Consider chamomile tea before bed. Warm milk. Lavender oil in bath or lavender scent on pillow. Melatonin is very helpful. Acupuncture often works well for insomnia.
Jun 27, 2013

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Who diagnosed you: First of all insomnia is a very rare diagnosis. So need more information. You need to give a very good history and essentially start again

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