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Can't sleep well and have nightmares almost everynight?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Please seek medical

& /or psyche evaluation to assess your nightmares & sleep problems.
In the meantime, here are some sleep hygiene tips. Room on comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. >.

In brief: Please seek medical

& /or psyche evaluation to assess your nightmares & sleep problems.
In the meantime, here are some sleep hygiene tips. Room on comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
of bedtime. Alcoholism is a major cause for insomnia. 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.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Practice sleep hygiene: keep you room a little on a chilly side, warm shower before bed, bedtime routine: no tv, or anything stimulating, no heavy meals.
If you can't fall asleep, get out of bed and do something really boring until you feel sleepy and then go back to bed. Go to bed and wake up at the same time.

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Practice sleep hygiene: keep you room a little on a chilly side, warm shower before bed, bedtime routine: no tv, or anything stimulating, no heavy meals.
If you can't fall asleep, get out of bed and do something really boring until you feel sleepy and then go back to bed. Go to bed and wake up at the same time.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Have a sleep study down (contact your primary physician); you might also want to consider a psychologist who works with insomnia and will also help you see the pattern for your nightmares (dream diary would be helpful for that). Also, self-care -- relaxation, stress management, proper nutrition, will also assist you with better sleep. Good Luck!
Dr. Donald Jacobson
You may have a simple nightmare disorder or frightening PTSD dreams. If the dreams are about things that actually happened, see a psychiatrist. If the are random nightmares, see a psychologist.
Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Depends on how long you have had symptoms.
If this has been a problem for just a few days, try cutting back on caffeine, setting a regular bedtime schedule and no tv or other electronics for 2 hours before bed. If you have suffered recent trauma to trigger these symptoms, the symptoms are affecting your daytime activities or have lasted longer than 2 weeks, see your doctor.

In brief: Depends

Depends on how long you have had symptoms.
If this has been a problem for just a few days, try cutting back on caffeine, setting a regular bedtime schedule and no tv or other electronics for 2 hours before bed. If you have suffered recent trauma to trigger these symptoms, the symptoms are affecting your daytime activities or have lasted longer than 2 weeks, see your doctor.
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