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I am wondering what helps you to fall asleep and what could make your sleep better?

I am wondering what helps you to fall asleep and what could make your sleep better?

Sleep Hygiene: 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; >>. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What really works to help you sleep?

What really works to help you sleep?

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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Sleep helps depression. Therefore, what are some tips to sleep better. Are there natural things that help you sleep?

Sleep helps depression. Therefore, what are some tips to sleep better. Are there natural things that help you sleep?

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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How can only using your bed for sleeping help you sleep better?

How can  only using your bed for sleeping help you sleep better?

Associations: Then your brain only associates your bed with sleep when it sees the bed or you are on the bed. (adults often use the bed for sex as well as sleep). If you associate the bed with tv, chatting on the fun, etc - you brain will be stimulated (you want brain waves to slow down to sleep). ...Read more

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I am not going to sleep well and not concentrating good... kindly do needfull?

I am not going to sleep well and not concentrating good... kindly do needfull?

Sleep hygiene.: For effective and high quality sleep, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. ...Read more

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Help please! is exercising advisable when you have sleep apnea?

Help please! is exercising advisable when you have sleep apnea?

Absolutely: Another benefit to exercise is that it can help get you to sleep faster and perhaps deeper. However, without a CPAP or an oral appliance to help with the sleep apnea, you likely won't adequately recover from the exercise. There is no substitute for an open airway. ...Read more

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Can a nightlight help you sleep better?

Can a nightlight help you sleep better?

Yes: There is nothing magical about a nightlight by itself. However, some people prefer not to sleep in complete darkness. The extra light can give an extra sense of security. ...Read more

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What number of hours of sleep do you need to be well rested?

What number of hours of sleep do you need to be well rested?

It depends: We generally recommend for patients to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep a night and to evaluate how they feel. Sleep needs also vary between individuals, largely due to cultural and genetic differences. Some recent studies seem to suggest that 7 hours may be the optimal amount of time for sleep, but again this can vary. ...Read more

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How does sleep help to keep fit?

How does sleep help to keep fit?

Sleep: In many ways! primarily sleep allows the circadian (night and day) rhythm cycle to reset. Also in doing so, it allows for the clarity of mind to be reset...Think of our day as a dogsled race. If we don't rest the dogs at night, they'll break down and get injured. Poor sleep, whether from erratic patterns, not enough time, etc - impaired immune system, headaches, fatigue, memory trouble, etc. ...Read more

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What foods help you stay awake and what make you sleepy?

What foods help you stay awake and what make you sleepy?

Varies: Caffeine will make you stay awake. Heavy meals and high carb meals will burn off fast and make you tired. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get good quality sleep every night?

Can you suggest how to get good quality sleep every night?

Use good sleep : Hygiene. 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 many 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 & pillows. ...Read more

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What type of specialist do I need to consult who could help me find ways to keep catecholamines as low as possible when waking up?

Strange question: I'm not sure what you are experiencing that makes you think your catecholamine levels are high when you wake up. What are your symptoms? What other medical conditions and medications do you take? An endocrinologist deals with adrenal problems, but it sounds like you need to see your primary doctor first to help decide what the problem is and who to see. ...Read more

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How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

How can I sleep well and prevent sleep apnea?

Prevent OSA: Genetics, age and weight gain are huge factors that may or may not be in your control. Generally avoiding sedatives prior to sleep, significant weight gain, smoking and other lifestyle factors can help. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good medication to help you sleep and that helps with anxiety with low side effects?

Can you recommend a good medication to help you sleep and that helps with anxiety with low side effects?

Valium: Good old valium works like a charm. A full dose 5mg will give you good sleep onset, sleep maintenance, and not leave you groggy in the morning. A half-dose 5mg tab will help you deal with your stressful boss at work and yet be alert enough to balance the books. It is a very versatile drug, but unfortunately has a bad reputation. Good for muscle relaxation as well! ...Read more

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Please tell how to sleep well.

Please tell how to sleep well.

Be consistent: Here are some tips - 1) turn off tv/computer one hour before wanting to sleep. 2) quiet music is ok. 3) no caffeine for 8 hours prior to going to sleep. 4) regular exercise (even in the evening - some people sleep better when they exercise later). 5) eat a smaller dinner. 6) go to bed at the same time, every night. 7) read quietly. You may need a sleeping pill, if so, see your doc. ...Read more

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I am a MS patient good sleep and great digestion is what i only dream of. What should I do to get o optimal sleep and digest whatever i eat?

I am a MS patient good sleep and great digestion is what i only dream of.  What should I do to get o optimal sleep and digest whatever i eat?

Sleep disorder: Multiple sleep problems are associated with multiple sclerosis, including restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea. You would do well to have an overnight sleep study. Your digestive issues may well be associated with your current meds, so spend some time with your neurologist to analyze adverse effects. Some ms pts do well on a low fat diet. If your vitamin d level is low, correct it asap. ...Read more

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How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??

Magnesium,Relaxation: Magnesium deficiency is common & causes insomnia.Supplementing with mag. glycinate or taurate or a warm bath with epsom salts before bed can help.See http://bit.ly/1dpAi09. Relaxation techniques can be helpful- see http://bit.ly/1w73BeJ & http://bit.ly/1jGRrm3.Search "sleep relaxation" on youtube for guided meditations & music. Many sleep better if they turn off wi-fi! See http://bit.ly/1igRs4g ...Read more

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