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I'm having trouble sleeping. What should I do?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Improve 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 may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool.

In brief: Improve 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 may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Sleep on comfortable mattress and pillows. 4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Have work materials, computers, and TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime. 6. Avoid caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hours of bedtime. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. 8. Avoid 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.
4 doctors agree

In brief: See physician

There are a number of reasons why you are having trouble sleeping.
A physician can help you determine what is causing the problem and what you can do about it. Another option would be a to see a sleep specialist if your primary care physician cannot help you.

In brief: See physician

There are a number of reasons why you are having trouble sleeping.
A physician can help you determine what is causing the problem and what you can do about it. Another option would be a to see a sleep specialist if your primary care physician cannot help you.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
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