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can be a disturbing and frightening experience. It is common in people who are sleep-deprived or have irregular sleep habits. Other causes can include:
- Mental conditions such as stress
or bipolar disorder
- Sleeping on the back
- Other sleep problems such as narcolepsy
or nighttime leg cramps
- Use of certain medications
- Substance abuse
So, the first step in controlling your symptoms is ensuring proper sleep hygiene:
- Fix a specific bedtime and an awakening time. Do not allow bedtime and awakening time to drift.
- Avoid napping during the day.
- Avoid coffee, tea or any caffeinated drinks or alcohol 4 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods for dinner. Have a gap of at least 1 hour between dinner and bedtime.
- Exercise regularly, preferably in the early evening, at least 4 hours before bedtime.
- Set up a comfortable environment which is dark, quiet and disturbance-free. Block out all distracting noise, and eliminate as much light as possible.
When this problem is very severe or troublesome, a short duration of medication may be beneficial. Antidepressant medication, such as a tricyclic antidepressants, typically clomipramine
has been found effective.
Dr. Sheeba Stephen