Tuesday, November 30, 2004


As a sleep specialist, I am often asked about insomnia.
Here are some tips about dealing with insomnia:

Although it's tempting to use liquor as a cure for chronic sleeplessness, be warned: Liquor is quite expensive.

Getting more exercise can help combat insomnia. If you suffer from sleeplessness, try shuffling from the bed to the kitchen, opening and shutting the refrigerator door, and shuffling back to bed.

According to researchers at the National Sleep Foundation, there is an actual National Sleep Foundation. Yes, for real.

If you are going to take pills to help you sleep, be sure you take enough to knock yourself out. Watching Good Morning America while sleep-deprived and tranquilized is a hellish experience.

Use your bed for sleeping only. Conduct all reading, eating, phone calls, and sexual relations on the kitchen table.

Try counting sheep, rather than the number of times you've failed as a wife and mother.

If you got less than three hours of sleep the previous night, it's important to inform everyone you meet of that fact all day long.

Minimize noise, light, excessive temperature—all factors that could potentially disrupt rest—by sleeping indoors.

(adapted from http://www.theonion.com/)

Please Note: This is not meant to be taken as actual medical advice.


shrinkette said...

LOL!! (By the way, Andrew Sullivan is bloggin about his newly diagnosed sleep apnea. You would be uniquely qualified to explain this to us...)

Michael Rack, MD said...

thanks for the idea, I'll think about doing a post on sleep apnea in the next several days.

Anonymous said...

That sounds great, but http://www.Comfortable-CPAP.com has links to different reviews.

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