Understanding Sleep Problems -- Diagnosis and Treatment
What Are the Treatments for Sleep Disorders? continued...
You'll sleep better if you have good sleep hygiene and avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and heavy meals before bed. Regular exercise can improve sleep, as long as the exercise is performed at least two hours before bedtime.
If you think your prescription or over-the-counter medications may be causing your sleep problems, talk with your doctor. You may need to have the drug's dosage adjusted or may need to take a different kind of medication. Don't stop any medication without talking to your doctor first.
Depression and Anxiety
If depression or anxiety is keeping you up for more than a few nights, talk to your doctor about treatment.
Heart Failure and Lung Problems
If you experience breathlessness when you lie down to sleep or awaken in the night feeling breathless, see your doctor. You could have problems with your heart or lungs.