by Colin Turner
Question: I had a stroke two years ago, after my doctor had taken me of Warfarin for A/F. I have been unable to get sleep, as I used to be able to sleep at any time of the day or night.I have also lost my taste, and I throw most of my food in the bin. I have stopped drinking/ smoking and also stopped taking sugar. I am now back on Warfarin, have tried different kinds of sleeping tablet, but they do no good.
: You have already done some good things to try and help ward off the insomnia such as cutting out smoking, drinking, and excess sugar. Here are some other tips that might help with insomnia:
1) Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day
2) Don't exercise or eat large meals within 2 hours of going to bed
3) Make sure the room is quiet and that the temperature is comfortable
4) Don't take naps late in the afternoon (take them earlier in the day)
5) Do something relaxing the 30 minutes before going to bed that does not involve the TV or computer (e.g. listening to music, bath, or reading)
6) Talk to your physician about any medications that may be causing insomnia
7) If nothing seems to work, you could consider consulting with a sleep specialist and have a sleep study done. Sometimes things like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea can cause problems, and these issues can be identified with a sleep study.