What’s the most effective thing you’ve done to sleep better?

Insomnia is one of the most frequent problems my patients talk to me about.  It plagues almost everyone at some point in life.  Some have insomnia off and on their entire lives.  For others, it may last for a few days at a time when the person is very stressed or ill.

What have you found effective to treat insomnia?

Do you have a magic formula that prevents another round of insomnia?

Over the next several weeks, I’m going to share some of the ways my patients have found relief from this symptom that if left untreated, can severely affect every aspect of life.  Hopefully, if we work together, we can help many others not have to deal with prolonged insomnia and its consequences.

Please share your ideas.  We never know what little pearl of wisdom might create a major benefit for someone else.

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27 thoughts on “What’s the most effective thing you’ve done to sleep better?

  1. The thing I do is crossword puzzles, online word games – anything that requires me exercising my brain. When my brain is tired, I fall right to sleep when I get into bed. That has been the most effective thing for.me.

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  2. yeah, insomnia has been my problem, but one way to ignore insomnia might be working out because i have been working out for like 2 months now and i feel tired at nights so i get the sleep i need.

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  3. Oceana says:

    When I used to suffer from insomnia, I used to listen to a mixture of the sound of waves and a ceiling fan. White noises are really helpful.

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  4. Amantha says:

    I have found that reading a book while taking a bath with bath salts made from Epsom Salts relaxes me enough that I can sleep more peacefully.

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  5. Erika says:

    I find reading a book sometimes help unless the book is exciting. TV helps as long as it is boring, in my case would be golf or ESPN, but music does help such as classical or Enya, I love her music and it puts me into a relaxing state. My toddler loves Native American Flutes a CD I bought at Target and he sleeps best to this, so if books or TV doesn’t help try relaxing, meditative music to help get you into dreamland.

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  6. thehodoo says:

    I usually just listen to music when I have a hard time falling asleep, at the very least it takes my mind away from not being able to sleep for a while.

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  7. Well for me, I have found that listening to the sound of a fire place sets me into going to sleep at least for a little while! Downloading a video off of youtube was sufficient enough, until I can get an electric fireplace at least!

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  8. Jasmina says:

    When I have trouble sleeping I like to snuggle up nice and warm with a good read and a nice relaxing cup of chamomile tea and with in 10 minutes I’m off to dreamland.

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