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Life style modifications for a patient with Insomnia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am suffering from Insomnia
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Since when are you having insomnia?
User :   From many months
User :   My sleep is very disturbed
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have reduced concentration, drowsiness during day times?
Doctor :   How many hours of sleep are you getting during the night time?
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past for your current symptoms?
User :   2 mins
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yes
User :   no drowsiness during day time
Doctor :   Can you describe, if you have difficulty to sleep or do you wake up in the middle of night regularly?
User :   sometimes i sleep for 6 hours, sometimes for 5 hours
User :   or eight hours
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but average 6-7 hours
Doctor :   Ok
User :   no i have not seen a doctor
Doctor :   Do you mean that you wake up regularly during those 6-7 hours?
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   yeah sometimes i wake up
User :   30 male
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Insomnia is a subjective feeling.
User :   and in my sleep lot of things going on in my mind
Doctor :   In general an average sleep needed to keep onself fit and healthy is 6-8 hours.
Doctor :   An insomnia is a term used to describe people who have constant problems with sleep regulary.
Doctor :   If your symptoms are once in a while, your symptoms do not fall into the category of insomnia.
Doctor :   Irregularly disturbed sleep are probably more related to psychological strains and stressors, which you need to address too.
Doctor :   Are you following?
User :   yes
User :   yeah my life is very stressed
Doctor :   Its probably these stressful incidence that is causing those disturbed sleep.
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few tips to help you sleep better
Doctor :   1. Maintain a regular sleeping time.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You need to hit the bed at a regular time.
Doctor :   2. Avoid getting to your bed immediately after a meal.
Doctor :   Your last meal before you sleep should be atleast 2 hours.
Doctor :   3. Drink good amount of water after your night meal.
Doctor :   4. Avoid consuming alcohol, too much spices, oily food at night times.
Doctor :   5. Your bed and pillows, the colour of your bedroom and the lights that you use need to be soothening and comfortable.
Doctor :   6. Avoid using television, music, laptops or any work related issues
Doctor :   before you plan to hit the bed.
Doctor :   7. Regular physical exercise, relaxation technique will be needed.
Doctor :   8. Some people feel de stressed after a shower before sleeping, you can try them too.
Doctor :   These few tips and modifications should help you in getting good and regular sleep.
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