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What bed-time habits could prevent my insomnia?

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Dr. Rick Kirschner
General Practice

In brief: Mentally prepare

About an hour before bedtime, start winding down by quieting things down, wrapping up the day's chores and events, and thinking ahead to plan tomorrow's.
Schedule your to-dos so you aren't' carrying them in your head, and your lighter head will drift into the clouds more easily. Also, people with insomnia would be wise not to read or eat in bed. Keep it for sleeping!

In brief: Mentally prepare

About an hour before bedtime, start winding down by quieting things down, wrapping up the day's chores and events, and thinking ahead to plan tomorrow's.
Schedule your to-dos so you aren't' carrying them in your head, and your lighter head will drift into the clouds more easily. Also, people with insomnia would be wise not to read or eat in bed. Keep it for sleeping!
Dr. Rick Kirschner
Dr. Rick Kirschner
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Good Sleep Hygiene

First identifying what type of sleep disturbance you have is key.
If the insomnia is a difficulty with getting to sleep because of inability to relax or a very busy mind, consider passive muscle relaxation or guided imagery techniques. Avoid large meals close to bedtime and especially caffeine. Keep a consistent bedtime/wake up and stick with it on weekends. Most important don't stress out.

In brief: Good Sleep Hygiene

First identifying what type of sleep disturbance you have is key.
If the insomnia is a difficulty with getting to sleep because of inability to relax or a very busy mind, consider passive muscle relaxation or guided imagery techniques. Avoid large meals close to bedtime and especially caffeine. Keep a consistent bedtime/wake up and stick with it on weekends. Most important don't stress out.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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