Restless legs syndrome (RLS) or PLMD treatments. Medications such as ropinirole (Requip) or pramipexole (Mirapex) that increase the amount of dopamine in the brain

Sleep apnea treatments. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask to keep the airway open can releive apnea and help you sleep more restfully.

Tips for Better Sleep

Although it’s often dismissed as too simple, creating good sleep habits – known as sleep hygiene – can be an important first-step sleep treatment. The goal is to eliminate any stimulants that may be keeping you up and to train your mind to associate your bedroom with sleep – successful sleep, says Andrew Jamieson, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Good sleep practices include the following:

•    Eliminate caffeine.

•    Avoid naps.

•    Don’t drink alcohol.

•    Don’t eat a large meal near bedtime.

•    Exercise.

•    Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

•    Reserve your bedroom for sleep and sex – no TV, piles of laundry to sort or even books.

•    If you can’t sleep, get up after 20 minutes. Go into another room and read or listen to music until you’re sleepy.

•   Don’t use bright lights or watch TV.