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what advice to get to sleep?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Here are some tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine, no caffeine after 2pm, exercise earlier in the day, de-stress, keep the room temperature a little cool, for some white noise machines may help and get comfortable. If those don't help sometimes sleepytime tea, warm milk or melatonin can be beneficial.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Howell: Consistently use excellent sleep hygiene. 1.Keep regular bed ; waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep ; sex. No work materials, computers, ; tv.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. 6. No caffeine w/in 6 hrs or alcohol/smoking w/in 2 hrs of bed. 7. Exercise regularly; finish few hrs before bed. 8. No naps. 9. Retire only when sleepy. 10. Use another time to write down problems & solutions.11. After 10-15 min of inability to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV until sleepy. Chamomile tea, warm milk, melatonin
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Is co-sleeping a good idea?

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For the last few weeks I have been having a really hard time getting to sleep and staying sleep. I've tried everything i could find. Advice?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Use excellent sleep: Hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least.
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A 22-year-old male asked about a 23-year-old female:

I am constantly tired.. and cant get sufficient sleep.. need advice?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Hypothyroid is: one POSSIBILITY. Others include lifestyle, diet, lack of exercise stress, etc. Please see your doc who can take a history and do lab work. Peace a good health.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

I would simply like to get better sleep, I grow tired of waking up on and off during the night. Any advice?

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Dr. Charles Whiting
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
See below:: Good sleep is important. Make sure you don't eat any stimulants after 12:00 noon (or earlier if sensitive): Caffeine, Chocolate, drinks containing Guarana, Yerba Mate, green tea, etc. Excedrin, some Pamprin products and other OTC meds and supplements have caffeine and other stimulents. Exercise in morning light. Go to bed and get up at the same time. Sleep before midnight is most valuable.

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