Insomnia 2
Friday, November 14, 2008

Millions of people struggle with falling asleep and getting enough sleep. Dr. Edward Hill provides some tips that may help you overcome insomnia and get a good night’s sleep in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Insomnia is not a serious health problem. But it can make you feel tired, depressed and grumpy. It also can make it hard to concentrate during the day.

Here are some things you can do to help you sleep better:

• Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will help train your body to sleep at night.

• Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark.

• Avoid or limit your use of caffeine, cold medicines, alcohol and tobacco.

• Learn to reduce or manage stress in your life. Perhaps with exercise.

• Try eating a light snack before going to bed, but don’t eat too much.

• Don’t nap during the day if it seems to make your insomnia worse.

Sleeping pills can help some people, but they are not a “cure.” Sleeping pills should be used only for a few days, and they can be dangerous for people with certain health problems. Talk to your doctor before you take any medicine to help you sleep.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.