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What should I do to prevent insomnia?

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First, change your sleep habits.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Don't nap.
  • Stop stressful chores or discussions long before you go to bed.
  • Relax before bedtime.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Don't drink alcohol before bed.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.
  • Remove electronics such as laptops, smart phones from the bed.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Lucile Packard Children's Health Services. 

Medline Plus: "Narcolepsy." 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 22, 2019

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