10 Things to Try Before You Go to Your Doctor for Sleeping Tablets

by Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan for Huffington Post


Researching and practising sleep techniques with patients has led me to realise that there are a host of practical, highly effective and sustainable strategies that one can adopt, helping avoid a trip to the doctor...

Here are ten tried and tested strategies that I have been recommending for years, which have helped patients learn how to sleep again.

“Practice these techniques for at least 21 days for maximum benefit.

Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan

  1. Eat breakfast every day within 30-45 mins of rising

  2. Stay well hydrated

  3. No more than 200-300mg of caffeine per day

  4. Switch of electronics an hour before bed

  5. Never check the time if you wake during the night

  6. Use White Noise if you are a sensitive sleeper

  7. Learn how to breather optimally

  8. Learn how to power nap

  9. If you can’t sleep, then rest

  10. Go to bed feeling grateful

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