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Potomac, MD
A 17-year-old female asked:

I have trouble sleeping at night. my sleeping problem also affects my school work. what can i do to help or fix my sleeping problem?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Root it out: Seek evaluation. A thorough history and sleep habits questionnaire as well as exam and possibly some blood tests will help your doctor help you. Sleeping pulls are habit forming so you want to make sure you need one without a doubt. Many conditions can cause sleep problems. Treating the underlying problem will help your insomnia.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Relax: Sleep problems are common, but need to be treated. Exercise early in the day, avoiding caffeine (especially after 4pm), and turning off all screens (tv, computers, video games) 2 hrs before bedtime ~ they all stimulate your brain and make it harder to fall asleep. Get into a routine: read a book, play a board game, meditate, etc before bed. Melatonin can also help. See your doc if not better.
Last updated Jul 3, 2018

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