What is the solution for segmented sleep?

Q. What is the solution for segmented sleep?

Answered by
Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 01, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

What is the solution for segmented sleep? How to get rid of this?



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  • The treatment depends on the cause of segmented sleep.
  • If it is due to mood disorder like depression or hypomania or anxiety, then treatment of the underlying condition will correct the segmented sleep as well.
  • If it is due to disturbed sleep - wake cycle like working in the night shift and frequent air travel then tips for resynchronization of the sleep - wake cycle should be advised.
  • It includes sleeping in completely dark room, using a blue light filter on your electronic device like phone, computer, etc., and avoiding use of such devices 1 hour before sleep, basking in sun for 15 minutes after waking up, avoiding tea or caffeine or soft drink after 5 PM. These will help when done regularly.
  • You can also take tablet Melatonin 3 mg along with Zolpidem 10 mg 15 minutes before sleep. It will ensure a smooth sleep without breaks.
  • Practice deep breathing exercise like the 4-7-8 technique, which you can find on the internet, for one minute before sleeping and whenever you have a break in sleep. It will help you in falling asleep quickly after a break.
  • You can listen to white noise or any relaxing music (available as a phone application) for falling asleep quickly, either at the beginning of sleep or after a break in sleep.

For further information consult a sleep medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/sleep-medicine-physician

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