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A 33-year-old female asked:

What are some things that help with insomnia? i have a hard time falling asleep and staying sleep

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Dr. Edward Cornett
Emergency Medicine 34 years experience
Sleep hygiene: There are several medication that can help. However to determine the exact cause of your insomnia will require some investigation. Sleep hygiene practice, stress factors or diet may also be an underlying cause. It is best to learn and practice good sleep hygiene and seek evaluation for your overall well being.
Dr. Elisabeth Farnum
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Exercise: Exercise early in the day is helpful. Avoiding TV or other screen time in bed is helpful to condition your body to sleep. Avoiding caffeine, decongestants and other stimulants later in the day is helpful. Alcohol makes you sleep but can interfere with staying asleep. Meditation and calm activities in the evening help. Of course avoiding stress is great. Medications are sometimes slightly helpful,
Dr. Elena Roukhadze
Pathology 14 years experience
Sleep Hygiene: Avoid napping during the day;avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bedtime;exercise can promote good sleep;food can be disruptive right before sleep;ensure adequate exposure to natural light; establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine; associate your be with sleep;make sure that the sleep environment is pleasant and relaxing.

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