Actress Debi Mazar of HBO's hit series Entourage suffered from insomnia for almost 20 years. When she became a mother, Debi says she struggled even more to fall asleep in the midst of juggling her household duties and a demanding career. Luckily for Debi, she was able to find relief and says her sleepless nights are no longer a problem. Now, she's urging other weary moms to get help as one of the leaders for Sleepless Moms, a national campaign to help America's moms overcome their challenges with sleep and insomnia. Debi talks to Dr. Oz about how she beat insomnia, and shares advice for getting a good night's sleep:
Before she had children, Debi says that she dealt with her insomnia with sedatives. After she had kids, she says sedatives were no longer an option because they would knock her out and leave her feeling tired in the morning.
Debi says her doctor prescribed a nonaddictive sleep medication, which she took over the course of a few weeks until her sleeping patterns improved. "That was a great choice because it retrained my body how to sleep," Debi says.
While Debi says prescription sleep medication was a good choice for her, she says there are many other ways to cope, and shares the following tips:
Cut back on caffeine throughout the day—especially in the evening.
Physical activity is important and helps the body sleep, but don't work out before bedtime.
Stop eating a couple of hours before going to bed.
Create a bedroom sanctuary with beautiful bedspreads, a comfortable mattress and anything else that helps you relax and feel calm.
Take a long, warm bath before bed.
Get rid of all distractions. This means no phone, no computer and no television in the bedroom. Turn off your cell phone, BlackBerry and/or pager if possible.
Have sex. "It's a great way to get tired," Debi says.