How to prevent, diagnose insomnia (part 6)

Published : 27 Jul 2022 12:24 AM | Updated : 27 Jul 2022 04:15 PM

• Keep your bedtime and wake time consistent from day to day, including weekends.

• Stay active — regular activity helps promote a good night's sleep.

• Check your medications to see if they may contribute to insomnia.

• Avoid or limit naps.

• Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol, and don't use nicotine.

• Avoid large meals and beverages before bedtime.

• Make your bedroom comfortable for sleep and only use it for sex or sleep.

• Create a relaxing bedtime ritual, such as taking a warm bath, reading or listening to soft music.

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• Physical exam: If the cause of insomnia is unknown, your doctor may do a physical exam to look for signs of medical problems that may be related to insomnia. Occasionally, a blood test may be done to check for thyroid problems or other conditions that may be associated with poor sleep.

• Sleep habits review: In addition to asking you sleep-related questions, your doctor may have you complete a questionnaire to determine your sleep-wake pattern and your level of daytime sleepiness. You may also be asked to keep a sleep diary for a couple of weeks.

• Sleep study: If the cause of your insomnia isn't clear, or you have signs of another sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome, you may need to spend a night at a sleep center. Tests are done to monitor and record a variety of body activities while you sleep, including brain waves, breathing, heartbeat, eye movements and body movements.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic

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