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Dr. Myra Skluth
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Trouble Falling Asleep (Overview)

Initial insomnia or increased sleep latency is problems with sleep early on. Often people who have trouble falling asleep are over-stimulated and some ruminate anxiously.


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What helps when you have trouble falling asleep?

What helps when you have trouble falling asleep?

Several things: Depends on the nature and cause of the insomnia. If this is new and related to a stressfull event, it will get better with the resolution of the stress. If it is chronic, you need to see a sleep specialist, keep a sleep diary, and determine if behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, or sleeping pills are appropriate. ...Read more

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Dr. Myra Skluth
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Trouble Falling Asleep (Overview)

Initial insomnia or increased sleep latency is problems with sleep early on. Often people who have trouble falling asleep are over-stimulated and some ruminate anxiously.


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I have trouble falling asleep at night. Is there any way to solve this problem naturally without pills?

I have trouble falling asleep at night. Is there any way to solve this problem naturally without pills?

CBT: Numerous research studies have shown that cognitive/behavioral therapy (cbt) is more effective than medication for treatment of chronic insomnia. I recommend "no more sleepless nights" by p. Hauri, pH.D. Start with my handout at sleepdoctor.Com/handouts - click on rules and principles for insomniacs. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep, what to do?

I have trouble falling asleep, what to do?

Sleep hygiene is: important. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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What helps if you have trouble falling asleep?

What helps if you have trouble falling asleep?

Depends: Depends wht is the cause of it. Mostly psychophysiologic, might psych evaluation cut caffeine medical problems like hyperthyroid ned to be ruled out pain should be managed exercise 3-4 hours before sleep helpful combination of milk/banana and honey has tryptophan also helpful short cours of sleep medication can be considered meditation/breathing exercise also helpful. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble falling asleep please help?

I'm having trouble falling asleep please help?

Sleep hygiene is key: 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 in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr ...Read more

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I've been experiencing trouble falling asleep?

Sleep hygiene is key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing trouble falling asleep!?

Use excellent sleep: hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (even weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Use regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath / shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. ...Read more

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What helps when you have trouble falling asleep?

Several things: Depends on the nature and cause of the insomnia. If this is new and related to a stressfull event, it will get better with the resolution of the stress. If it is chronic, you need to see a sleep specialist, keep a sleep diary, and determine if behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, or sleeping pills are appropriate. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having trouble falling asleep?

Please help! I am having trouble falling asleep?

Use good 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. ...Read more

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What to do if I am having trouble falling asleep!?

What to do if I am having trouble falling asleep!?

Sleep hygiene: The first step is to clean up sleep: go to sleep and wake at consistent times each day. Spend no more than 15-20 minutes trying to sleep in a dark, quiet room. Avoid activity that could be causing you to have trouble sleeping. Avoid napping during the day. Get up and out of bed if you cannot sleep. Relaxation and imagery techniques may help if racing thoughts. See your doctor if problem persists. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have trouble falling asleep?

What should I do if I have trouble falling asleep?

Initial insomnia: What you have is referred to as initial insomnia. It is where you have difficulty falling asleep. Simple everyday worries can cause this problem as can psychiatric conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Practice sleep hygiene. Please see anyone of dr. Heidi fowlers excellent reviews of this topic on this healthtap website. If this becomes persistent see a sleep psychologist first and try cbt or over-the-counter melatonin taken approximately two hours before desired sleep time.If it becomes chronic see a sleep disorder specialist or a psychiatrist.Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lot of trouble falling asleep?

See below: Exercise in the AM, avoid daytime naps, avoid caffeine & meals late at night, do light physical activity in the evening. Yoga, stretching, deep breathing, meditation and listening to relaxing music can also help. See your dr. for evaluation if symptoms persist. If u have jet lag u may need time to adjust. Night or split shift work schedules may require extra care w/ sleep hygiene @ different times ...Read more

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Why have I had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep?

Sleepless: Your question was cut off, but it seems that you have primary insomnia, assuming that you don't drink alcohol or use drugs, and that the problem has been there for a while. Recommend the sleep hygiene techniques (google that sentence & you get details), & if that fails, try low dose melatonin, & if that fails, see your pcp for other alternatives. ...Read more

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Help! I am having trouble falling asleep!? What can I do?

Sleep hygiene: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Is there anything to help with having trouble falling asleep?

Natural remedies: Set the stage for sleep - darken your room, do not do work in the bedroom, avoid watching tv or using screen such as computers as the blue light can be too stimulating. Reduce stimulants that you take earlier including alcohol. Take a warm bath or shower. Use calming aromatherapy such as lavender, chamomile, hops. Massage your feet. Have a warm cup of tea (chamomile, lemon balm, valerian). ...Read more

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I have such trouble falling asleep at night when sleep alone?

I have such trouble falling asleep at night when sleep alone?

Sleep hygiene: Make it a lifetime habit: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for sleep/marital relations, 4) if no sleep in 20min, leave room until sleepy, then try again (repeat as needed), 5) No caffeine after noon/no alcohol at bedtime,6) Write worries in a journal by bedside, & deal with them next day. ...Read more

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True. I have trouble falling asleep. Staying asleep I'm fine. ?

Insomnia, Anxiety: trouble falling asleep” indicates many thoughts going through your mind with feelings of worry and difficulty relaxing. Let Wise Person within you reflect Stresses with causing insomnia. Consider: Avoid •Alcohol •OTC Sleep aids Exercise or Yoga in the evening Before sleeping, •Close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life •Visual imagery of National Parks •Breathing Relaxation •Therapy ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Trouble falling asleep?

Sleep problems: Initial insomnia or increased sleep latency is problems with sleep early on. Often people who have trouble falling asleep are over-stimulated and some ruminate anxiously. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
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Difficulty Falling Asleep (Definition)

Difficulty falling asleep can stem from allowing thoughts to run rampant without knowing how to control them. You should first rule ...Read more