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A 19-year-old female asked:

What is the treatment for insomnia?

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
Sleep Medicine 22 years experience
Many options: Short term meds, proper sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and stimulus control therapies, etc. A sleep specialist could help you sort through the options.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sleep hygiene: I agree with dr. Wilson. 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, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
& 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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