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How to cure insomnia if sleeping pills don't work well?
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Dr. Ruchir Patel
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sleep physician
If you are having persistent insomnia despite chronic medication use then you definitely need to seek a consultation with a sleep doctor. In my practice, many patients that have persistent insomnia despite medication therapy have an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.

In brief: Sleep physician
If you are having persistent insomnia despite chronic medication use then you definitely need to seek a consultation with a sleep doctor. In my practice, many patients that have persistent insomnia despite medication therapy have an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
Dr. Ruchir Patel
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Eval + sleep hygiene
Need medical assessment.
Practice 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 may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on.

In brief: Eval + sleep hygiene
Need medical assessment.
Practice 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 may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 hs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs 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.
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