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Insomnia can be addressed through various strategies discussed by experts on the . Here are several insights:

  1. Adjust Bedtime Gradually: Delaying bedtime can help build up sleep pressure, improving sleep quality over time. This might initially result in waking up early but should stabilize with persistence 1.

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI): This therapy involves tailored strategies such as limiting time in bed and addressing anxiety that might interfere with sleep. It has proven effective for many patients 2 3.

    Improving Sleep Quality

    Matthew Walker shares strategies to improve sleep quality by adjusting bedtime gradually and discusses the effectiveness of sleep medications like Doxapin and Trazodone, especially for older adults. Walker also mentions the potential benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

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  3. Cortisol Management: Cortisol levels can interfere with sleep. People with insomnia often experience unusual cortisol spikes during sleep onset and maintenance periods. Techniques like yoga nidra or long-exhale breathing can help manage this 4.

  4. Sleep Hygiene and Tools: Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, avoiding blue light before bed, and using meditation are crucial. For mild insomnia, keeping the bedroom strictly for sleep and other specific activities can improve sleep quality 5 6.

  5. Understanding Chronotypes: Your natural sleep-wake preferences (chronotype) can impact sleep. Adjusting your schedule to align with your chronotype can mitigate sleep onset and maintenance insomnia 7.

These strategies, along with potential pharmacological interventions like doxapin or trazodone for tougher cases, can significantly improve sleep quality. Always consult healthcare professionals before starting any new treatment.

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