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How can I determine why I have trouble sleeping?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Examine your daily routine. Do you have coffee everyday at 4 p.m. to beat the afternoon slump? Do you have more than one alcoholic beverage a day? Do you eat dinner after 8 p.m.? Do you work out? Do you generally go to bed and wake up at the same time each day? Take note of these behaviors. Identifying them now will help you along your search for sleep. Keep a sleep diary, making sure to note what you were doing before bed, when you went to bed and when you woke up, how long it took you to fall asleep, and the time you spent napping during the day.
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Many factors can be involved in why you are unable to sleep. To get at those reasons, it's important to look at your sleep habits first. For example, talking, watching television or playing with your smart phone in your bedroom can actually hinder falling asleep -- the bedroom should only be for sleep or sex. Keeping a sleep journal can be helpful and discussing it with your healthcare provider can often provide answers to what's affecting your sleep.

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