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A 41-year-old female asked:

I'm a physician with chronic insomnia and lately i have been worsening. i take no meds because i cannot be sedated if i am needed. options?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
See below: Have you had sleep studies done? Meanwhile, establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a "i';m sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don;t use your bedroom as your office -- use it for sleep and sex. Good luck!
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Dr. Nancy Hayes-gary
29 years experience
Melatonin: As you probably already know, melatonin is taken by many people because it does not have the more sedating effects or morning "hangover" feeling of other sleep meds.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Also, Valerian or Kava are worth a try, along with Sleep Hygiene!
Sep 16, 2013
Dr. Christine Forest
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Even MDs need Meds: Just because we are mds, it does not mean we a immune to health problems. The choice is between functioning with the handicap of chronic insomnia or finding a treatment that helps you sleep better and be a more effective physician at work he next day. As you probably know, there are many ways to effectively treat chronic insomnia. It's worth a shot. Good luck!
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Dr. Mark Collins
Prosthodontics 25 years experience
Insomnia help: Try 3mg melatonin 1/2 hour prior to sleep you can take two if needed. This will help reset your internal clock. Also make sure there is no light source near you including a flashing alarm light. You shoud have a sleep test done sometime too. My guess is that your mind is very active when you sleep. Also women as they age are at rick for insomnia.
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Last updated May 28, 2016

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