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What do I need to know about insomnia?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes need
Med eval. Good sleep hygiene is important.
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: Sometimes need
Med eval. Good sleep hygiene is important.
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 hours of bedtime. 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. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many reasons
Many reasons: need to define the cause if you can, then treat the problem. For ideopathic insomnia or shift work, you may need a hypnotic medicine.
Otherwise, insomnia can be from anxiety/depression, urinary issues and bph, arrhythmias, hormonal, restless legs, sleep apnea, etc - need to treat each thing differently. Can try a simple improvement of sleep hygiene, avoid stimulants & cut stress.

In brief: Many reasons
Many reasons: need to define the cause if you can, then treat the problem. For ideopathic insomnia or shift work, you may need a hypnotic medicine.
Otherwise, insomnia can be from anxiety/depression, urinary issues and bph, arrhythmias, hormonal, restless legs, sleep apnea, etc - need to treat each thing differently. Can try a simple improvement of sleep hygiene, avoid stimulants & cut stress.
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