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Insomnia

Overcoming Insomnia

  • Get into bed only when you are sleepy
  • Use your bed only for sleeping
  • If you cannot fall asleep w/in 15 minutes, get out of bed and go into another room and return to bed when you are sleepy
  • Get up at the same time every morning, regardless of what time you go to bed, to establish a regular sleep rhythm
  • Don't take naps
  • Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, or smoking before bed
  • Exercise in the afternoon
  • Practice relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises)