Making a few changes in your sleep regimen may ease your insomnia more effectively than popping a pill, according to a study from the "Journal of the American Medical Association." Of the study's 46 insomniac participants, those who learned new sleep-inducing strategies (relaxation exercises; creating a more sleep-friendly bedroom) spent 52 percent less time tossing and turning after six weeks. Those who took the sleeping pill Imovane only cut back on their wake time by 4 percent.
To shake off chronic insomnia, lead author Berge Sivertsen, Psy.D., suggests following a two-week sleep restriction plan: Wake up around six every morning, avoid daytime naps, and wait as long as you can before hitting the sack each night.
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