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I can't sleep, now what?

Sleep disorders can significantly impact physical and mental health, as well as daily functioning at professional, social, and family levels. Here are some strategies for dealing with insomnia:

  1. Sleep hygiene: Maintain a regular sleep routine by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature.

  2. Avoid Stimulants: Reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption, especially in the hours before bed. Also, avoid heavy meals just before bedtime.

  3. Regular exercise: Regular physical activity can help improve sleep quality. However, avoid intense physical activity just before bedtime as it can be stimulating.

  4. Technology and sleep: Avoid using electronic devices such as smartphones and computers at least an hour before bed, as the blue light emitted by these devices can interfere with the production of the hormone melatonin, which helps sleep regulate sleep.

  5. Relaxation Techniques: Relaxation exercises such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or progressive muscle relaxation techniques can help you sleep better.

  6. Psychotherapy: If your sleep disorder is causing you significant stress or interfering with your daily life, seek psychological counseling from a psychologist.

  7. Avoid long naps: Long or late naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you need a nap, try to keep it short and earlier in the day.

  8. Light meals at dinner: Eating light meals at dinner and avoiding heavy foods can help improve sleep quality.

Remember that if your sleep disorder persists or is affecting your quality of life, it's important to seek professional help.


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