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What are non-drug treatments for insomnia?

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When you consult a doctor about insomnia, he or she may ask to you keep a sleep log for several weeks to monitor your sleep habits. The treatment of insomnia includes not only medications, but often sleep habit and behavioral modifications for optimal long-term results.

Evaluating sleep habits is important in the management of insomnia. In some instances, changing sleep habits may correct the problem without the need for medications. Good sleep habits should include:

  • Regular sleep times.
  • A comfortable bed and quiet room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Appropriate lighting.
  • Regular exercise but not close to bedtime or late in the evening.
  • A bedroom that is not used for work or other activities not related to sleep.
  • Avoidance of stimulants (for example, caffeine, or tobacco), alcohol, and large meals close to bedtime.
  • Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises.
  • Avoidance of naps during the day.

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