Identify your red flags and know when to seek medical care. Troubleshoot your issue and impalement useful practices every day and PRACTICE!
Let me start by saying that I am not an alcoholic. I do not have a drinking problem, nor do I have an addiction. However, I will tell you that alcohol is a problem for more of you than you probably are aware of. Alcohol may be the cause of that body composition rut, exercise plateau or sleep problem you are suffering from.
Generally, eating well will help with your sleep. If you stuff yourself with garbage and lie down, you shall wake up and feel awful. If you eat acidic food or things that induce GERD you are also likely to wake up with indigestion roughing up that work you have done to sleep properly. Eat clean and separate your last meal form bedtime by 3 hours or more to allow for digestion.
Limit or avoid alcohol entirely! Sorry, but drinking alcohol is NOT helping your sleep. Similar to anti-anxiety drugs and sleep aides, alcohol increases GABA receptors in the body signaling to the brain to calm down and eventually limiting consciousness.
Sleep Hygiene Part 1 As a resident, fellow and attending you take a call, stay up for many hours in a row (38 is my record). Our medical culture is built on bragging about lack of sleep and I am sure your job has a similar culture. Finding my way back to normal has …