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i am experiencing trouble sleeping (worsened by: psychological stress) (unaffected by: alcohol use, varying sleep schedule) (associated with: difficulty in staying asleep, difficulty falling asleep, unrefreshing sleep) (not associated with: difficult in w

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
See MD.: Sometimes physical problems can lead to insomnia. Gee your Primary Care doctor and get a check-up. Also, on this forum there are lots of posts about insomnia, with excellent advice on how to manage it. Search "insomnia" or "sleep hygiene" for some excellent expert tips to address the problem. Also, no caffeine, alcohol or recreational drugs, please, which make things worse.
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
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Thanks for the Thank You note. May you soon have sweet dreams!
Jul 1, 2020
Dr. Judith Tellerman
41 years experience Clinical Psychology
INSOMNIA: Getting a good night's sleep is very important for physical and mental health. Insomnia might be due to several different reasons. First have a complete physical exam by a Dr. to rule out an underlying biological problem. If no problem consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy help & in addition you may need a Psychiatrist for medication. You may need a referral to a sleep study.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Sleep Hygiene is Key: Keep reg. bed & wake time. Make routine: warm bath /shower, aromatherapy, read, or gentle music. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress/pillows & no work materials or computer. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. No food 2-3 hrs, caffeine w/i 6 hrs, alcohol or smoking w/i 2 hrs of bed. Exercise at least few hrs before bed. No naps. Retire only if tired. Deal wi problems at another time.
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