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How can I get better sleep?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Several ways

Avoid napping during the day.
Cut back on stimulants such as caffiene. Don't smoke. Limit alcohol to 1 oz per day. Get regular exercise and don't exercise late at night. Eat a balanced diet and don't eat or drink after 6 P.M. Have an excellent bed/mattress and pillow. Make the room dark and quiet. Use masking noises if needed. Use stress reduction and imagery. Check your medications.

In brief: Several ways

Avoid napping during the day.
Cut back on stimulants such as caffiene. Don't smoke. Limit alcohol to 1 oz per day. Get regular exercise and don't exercise late at night. Eat a balanced diet and don't eat or drink after 6 P.M. Have an excellent bed/mattress and pillow. Make the room dark and quiet. Use masking noises if needed. Use stress reduction and imagery. Check your medications.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many possibilities

Avoid stimulants before bed: caffein, sugar, alcohol.
Avoid exercising just before bed. Avoid eating just before retiring. Do not read or watch tv while in bed...Go to bed only to sleep. Consult a person trained in sleep medicine to see if you have a sleep related breathing disorder (srbd).

In brief: Many possibilities

Avoid stimulants before bed: caffein, sugar, alcohol.
Avoid exercising just before bed. Avoid eating just before retiring. Do not read or watch tv while in bed...Go to bed only to sleep. Consult a person trained in sleep medicine to see if you have a sleep related breathing disorder (srbd).
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Try any that apply to you: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for sleep/marital relations, 4)if no sleep in 20min, leave room until sleepy, then try again (repeat as needed), 5)No caffeine after noon/no alcohol at bedtime, 6)write worries in a journal by bedside, then deal with them next day,7) Sleep Hygiene Checklist

In brief: Sleep hygiene

Try any that apply to you: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for sleep/marital relations, 4)if no sleep in 20min, leave room until sleepy, then try again (repeat as needed), 5)No caffeine after noon/no alcohol at bedtime, 6)write worries in a journal by bedside, then deal with them next day,7) Sleep Hygiene Checklist
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