Overcoming Insomnia
Thursday, July 23, 2009

While many people have no trouble falling asleep at all, for others itís a challenge. Some lay awake throughout the night, barely functioning the next day. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on how to overcome insomnia in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

The typical adult needs about eight hours of sleep a night. If you have insomnia and donít get enough sleep, your health can be affected.

Here are some tips on what to do as well as what to avoid to overcome insomnia.

* Reserve the bedroom for sleeping. Your sleeping space should not do double duty as a home office or media center. A person with sleep problems shouldnít watch TV in bed, eat in bed, or even read in bed.

* If you donít fall asleep in 20 minutes, get up and do something. Instead of lying there tossing and turning, get up and perform an activity that isnít too stimulating until you feel tired.

* Have a small snack, such as a glass of milk, cheese or even turkey

* Create a nice sleep environment. The lights should be off and you should be comfortable.

* Exercise, but not just before going to bed. Studies show that exercising improves sleep, but doing it too close to bedtime can keep you awake.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.