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Dr. Ms. Lakshmi Prakash

Psychologist, Chennai

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Since 3 years I am smoking. I thought I will quit now. On a normal day I smoke upto 7. If in party it amounts to 12. I've never tried to quit before. Now I really want to quit. What would be measures to do so? I thought of using nicotine patches or any other ways to quit smoking once and for all.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You have to quit cold turkey because the body and mind will torture you endlessly while attempting a reduction in smoking. The tobacco tar in cigarette smoke lines your lung with huge patches that make that portion dysfunctional. Your oxygen carrying capacity is jeopardized, and breathing is impinged on. But don’t be discouraged because it is not too late even now to reverse all the ill-effects of smoking. I don’t know what other organs could be damaged but do go for a thorough medical check-up to assess the effects of your abuse. Regarding improving your lungs, do a lot of aerobic exercise breathing through your nostrils only. Then there are a lot of deep breathing exercises in Yoga which you can learn too. Deep breathing cleanses your system and lungs and restores it to good health. Deep breathing uses the 80% of the lungs which are not normally used in normal breathing and even when exerting yourself. The greatest effect is in the lungs because this substance is processed through the respiratory system directly through the lung surface. When quitting, you must take one day at a time; though you must give up all smoking at once, and promptly. If you look too far ahead you will get discouraged and will give up. If you sit and count the number of days you have given up, that will also focus too much on achievement. You must focus on the here and now, on that day to be precise. After all quitting is not that easy due to many factors. So even if you fail one day, you must try and try again. Very few people succeed in their first attempt. Your persistence will eventually pay off. The urge to discontinue is hampered by many factors but the worst of them is the conditioning. In fact, these conditions can exist all through the day, unlike other addictions. But your desire to want to stop is the most important factor. It is important to find out about the ill-effects of smoking to have a reason that alarms you about continuing the habit. The information is really scary but true and you must remind yourself about this every day. The nicotine in tobacco smoke stimulates the heartbeat to raise the blood pressure in no time at all. So you must avoid it like the plague: it is just very bad medicine for you. In fact, it is highly toxic too. You will need to stop smoking or consuming any tobacco related items with immediate effect. You should start vigorous exercises, gradually increasing it over a period of time. Do deep breathing exercises every time you feel like smoking (try Yoga), and replace the oral urge with some healthy food substitute to satiate the need. You may also take hard candy or chew gum. If the urge is too strong, then use nicotine gums and nicotine patches, for a little while until the smoking drive reduces, substantially. You may also join Smokers Anonymous in your city where the support is really extraordinary for like-minded people who are also in the same situation. Keep yourself occupied or engaged with interesting activities during the times when it is most tempting. Keep the company of non-smokers for some time i. E. At least for the first 21 days. Above all announce it to everyone that you have quit smoking. Here’s a piece of very good advice: even if you accidentally/willfully take a cigarette, it is not the end of the world – you can start the cessation all over again. You must persevere with the best support until you defeat this addiction. Counseling is very useful in the initial stages and when temptations are at their highest. You could also join twitter2quit program and enjoy its success to give up smoking.
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How to detoxify smokers lungs I use to smoke 6 to 8 cigarette per day since last 3 year but now I want to quit smoking and want to clean my body which occur due to smoking.

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), MA Clinical Psychology, Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Certificate in Naturopathy & Yoga
Psychologist, Nagpur
Dear lybrate user By having psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy you can quit smoking and that also easily without going anywhere else and without taking any products. Your body and immune system will also improve. Your health will also improve.
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I am 29 year old. I have done b. Tech nit 2007, and prepare for upsc, after 2012 do not concentrate on study and not any where working. How to concentrate study?

BHMS, MD - Alternate Medicine
Homeopath, Nagpur
First prioritize and get motivated and committed for you life time opportunity. Then you might concentrate. Also give some time for enjoying out door activities to stay fresh. Eat right.
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I am a 29 year old male and iam taking following medicines for stress arpizol10mg prestiq 100mg movacobal forte for two years. I want to know for how many days I have to continue this medicines ?

PG Diploma in Emergency Medicine Services (PGDEMS), Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
You should start ayurvedic medicines for stress. Start pranayama early morning. 1-1 drop cow ghee in both nostrils at night time. Start sarpagandha vati.
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Hi I m 21 years old and doing engineering. I m unable to memorize the things for long last. When I sit for study I usually study not more than 2 hours and got headache after that. What should I do to improve my memory.

MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA - Psychology, aster of Science - Counseling, Psychotherapy, Phd - Counselling, Psychotherapy
Psychologist, Delhi
Headache indicates that you either not understanding the concept or are studying under pressure of other subjects. Try to plan your day and make a time table. Reading aloud and making notes can help you memorize. At the same time try to get up early and do morning walk and pranayam. It will have a miraculous effect in you concentration. You can try a ayurvedic brain tonics dimaghi of hamdard. It can help too.
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I am feeling depressed all the time. I can't concentrate on my studies. I feel low self esteemed. I only think of negative thoughts. Can you please tell me how to get out of it.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
1.Exercise. Take a 15- to 30-minute brisk walk every day — or dance, jog, or bike if you prefer. People who are depressed may not feel much like being active. In addition to getting aerobic exercise, some yoga poses can help relieve feelings of depression. Two other aspects of yoga — breathing exercises and meditation — can also help people with depression feel better. 2.Nurture yourself with good nutrition. Depression can affect appetite. One person may not feel like eating at all, but another might overeat. Proper nutrition can influence a person's mood and energy. So eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and get regular meals (even if you don't feel hungry, try to eat something light, like a piece of fruit, to keep you going). 3.Identify troubles, but don't dwell on them. Try to identify any situations that have contributed to your depression. When you know what's got you feeling blue and why, talk about it with a caring friend. Talking is a way to release the feelings and to receive some understanding. 4. Express yourself. With depression, a person's creativity and sense of fun may seem blocked. Exercise your imagination (painting, drawing, doodling, sewing, writing, dancing, composing music, etc.) and you not only get those creative juices flowing, you also loosen up some positive emotions. Take time to play with a friend or a pet, or do something fun for yourself. Find something to laugh about — a funny movie, perhaps. Laughter helps lighten your mood. 5. Try to notice good things. Depression affects a person's thoughts, making everything seem dismal, negative, and hopeless. If depression has you noticing only the negative, make an effort to notice the good things in life. Try to notice one thing, then try to think of one more. Consider your strengths, gifts, or blessings. Most of all, don't forget to be patient with yourself. Depression takes time to heal. If you are happy with these answers please click on "useful” link so that I can know my efforts are not wasted. If you want more clarifications or prescription for medicines consult me on this site to ask me directly and not in open questions session It's not easy to say exactly what causes depression and anxiety – it's different for everyone. Sometimes a difficult time in you or your mates' life can set off depression or anxiety, sometimes it's caused by a combination of things that has built up over time and sometimes, there's just no obvious cause at all.
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I have seen people who sleep less than 6 hours and are living at the age of 90, 100 years. Scientist sleep less and concentrate on research. They also have good concentration inspite of less sleep. Pl reply.

M.PHIL - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, MA - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Psychologist, Delhi
Dear Lybrate user, your question is a very theoretical one and many studies have been conducted regarding this. Aging is a mystery for scientists and many exceptions exist that defy common aging phenomena. For example, take the cases of such rare people who have lived more than 110 or 120 years. No one knows for sure what is their diet and physiology that led them live for so many years. We may say that such people are chance phenomena. Because not everyone is living up to 100 or more years. The questions you have put are interesting but they lack logical validity. You seem to indicate that less sleep leads to great scientific discoveries. Or that people who take less sleep live for longer. It seems you want to say that by sleeping less one may focus on productive endeavors. But there are many critical points in this argument. First of all, there is no such evident certain causation. There may be people who seem to be productive but not because they are utilizing sleep hours. One or two hours may not make you super-productive if you are not determined and hard working towards your goals. We may reason otherwise that people who are productive and energetic may not require too much rest because their ambitions make them alert and competitive. They are living a meaningful life. Compare the life of a person who is watching television all the time and spending time on whatsapp or facebook. His life is too monotonous and dry. This kind of person usually sleeps more. He has so much time to spend in leisure. His brain is working slowly. On the other hand, a person like Narendra Modi or Shahrukh Khan, works for 18-20 hours per day. They remain fit and calm due to productive work schedule. They enjoy their life more. So the key to less sleep and more productivity may lie in hard work, ambition, and meaningful life. Hope this answer resolves your query.
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I am in home for a month and then return to my hostel again. My roomie who is very close to me behaving very different now days. The girl whom we don't like have good bonding with my roomie. I don't have frnds in this city. I am feeling so alone here and frustrated too as my coaching is starting after 3-4 days. What can I do now I am too much frustrated with my roomie nd that girl.

Ph.D - Ph.D in Psychology, Ph. D - Education
Psychologist, Kakinada
Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. Your roomie will live like the way he wants. What do you want. Focus on achievement rather than interpretations which are a waste of time. Further clarification book appointment.
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Hello sir, I am studying, usually I study by the help of laptop, hereby which troubles my eyes, can I know any good suggestions regarding this. Moreover, some times I have head pain frequently, which makes trouble for vision.

Ph. D - Psychology, Professional Certified Coach
Psychologist, Ahmedabad
First think I would suggest is to go. For an eye check up. See if you have number or if it has increased. Also check for the dryness of the eye. Which could lead to irritation or tiredness at times. Apart from it. Wash your eyes frequently with cold water and rest them. Make sure thst you have enough light in the room when you use your laptop. Take breaks and do palming exercise for your eyes. Along wit this also incorporate raw salad in your diet for both lunch and dinner. If you want to enhance the test youcan use butter or cheese along with some other spices. Eating and sleeping well along with some exercise always helps. Hope this helps wishing you very best.
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My dad been treated with alcoholism and depression since last one year. he was taking Stablon 12.5,baclofen 10 ,amizep h 12.5, three times and stresnil 0.5 at night. He was good after 3 months. He was reading books. But most of the time he liked sitting and walking. He developed swelling in legs. He started to complain about pain in hands and legs. Also used to say his mind is not working well. After 6 more months he started reducing his daily doses thinking it may help. I ensured he takes at least 2 weeks to reduce any dose. Then after 2 more months he was confused. Standing for hour or sitting in washroom for hour. Wanted to go outside in midnight. Even if he just came from outside he will again like to go outside. We admitted him to psychiatrist, he was given Etizola plus 5, deven la 50 mg, baclofen 20 mg extended release, monotop 50 mg, genecephal trio in morning and excite plus, desvenlafaxine 100 mg, oliza 5, monotop 50 and felicita tab in night. after 3 months he improved in terms of going out. He go out look around himself and come back. And told us there is no one around him now. When asked he told he was seeing 5 ghost like faces earlier. Before this treatment he used to walk very fast like flying. But after this treatment he got slow. After few more days he again started to go outside. So now we went to a neurologist. He prescribed risperidone 2 mg, trihexyphenidyl 2 mg, lorazepam 2 mg, citicoline 500 mg. It really helped him. He was calm now. He started to respond faster than earlier. Memory improved. But issues still not fixed are - 1. He walk and sit like statue, not able to lift legs too much above ground. And walk straight. 2. Less control while walking specially while coming down from stairs. 3.will fall while sitting on ground and standing from ground. 4. Teary eyes as he don't blink eyes much. 5.face looks swelled. 6. Remember many things accurately but don't remember many things like his birthday. However he may remember something now but may forget when asked after few days. 7. Response is better but still slow when asked something.

M. S. in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Psychologist, Jaipur
Hi, I would suggest you to meet the neurologist and ask about the side effects of these medicines. Secondly if the neurologist permits then take help of a physiotherapist. Thirdly give him some memory booster activities like puzzle book or show him many different things for one minute then hide those things. Now tell him to write the name of those things. Take him to some social club. The side effects of medicines might have affected his memory and gait. please do not reduce and medicine without doctor's advice.
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What are the causes of depression? Is it happens by taking tension or thinking a lot?

Certification in ADHD in children and adolescents, Clinical Assessment and treatment of depression in primary care, BHMS
Homeopath, Amravati
Yes thinking a lot, anticipating, anxieties and fears can bring depression. Guilt feeling and reproaching one self are the few more. Thanks.
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Hi For 20 years I have been taking medicines for severe anxiety and depression. Recently for 2 years after death of a relative I have also started getting panic attacks. I want to know if there is any alternative medicines which can cure me or at least reduce symptoms. Thanks.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear, please understand medicines alone cannot cure anxiety. Also understand anxiety is body' s natural defense mechanish amd cannot be cured completely. Understanding anxiety and managing unwanted anxiety is the key. Psychotherapy, meditation, exercise together with medicines are used for management of anxiety. Please post a private question with all your details. I will help you. Take care.
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I'm 24 year sir me 1st bar sex krta hu to jada der nahi kr pata hu jldi free ho jata hu but 2nd time 25-40 mint tk kr leta hu sir please btaiye me 1st time jada Q nahi kr pata kya muje koi bimari h ? Sir muje 1gandi aadat bhi h me boys k sath sex jada krta hu is vajh se to ye sb nahi ho raha h please help kre !

psychologist
Psychologist, Mohali
1st tym aap jyada excited ho jate ho issliye jaldi hota hai. Bahut kuch aur batana wala hai kya karna hai kya nhi karna tou lybrate par privately message kro.
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I Have habit of chewing tobacco. I wish to stop it. But I find it impossible on my own. What is the scientific reason for our body, because of which it is very difficult to stop tobacco.

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear lybrate user. I can understand. Nicotine causes pleasant feelings and distracts the user from unpleasant feelings. This makes the tobacco user want to use more. Nicotine also acts as a kind of depressant by interfering with the flow of information between nerve cells. As the nervous system adapts to nicotine, tobacco users tend to increase the amount of tobacco they use. This raises the amount of nicotine in their blood, and more tobacco is needed to get the same effect. This is called tolerance. Over time, the tobacco user reaches a certain nicotine level and then will need to keep up the usage to keep the level of nicotine within a comfortable range. So quitting tobacco becomes a tough task. Will power only can help you along with deaddiction therapy. Take care.
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Hi my husband is addicted in chewing pan masala I want to stop it how can I do it.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore
You cannot stop him: he needs to want to stop this habit and only then he will succeed. You can, however, help him and support him when he wants to give it up. You can share the following information and see how he reacts: Chewing tobacco is really harmful especially because it is known to cause oral cancer and oral submucous fibrosis (SMF). Since it is an oral habit there are many substitutes that can be used to replace the oral stimulation. Of course, since it is a stimulant you cannot get the same effect and that is worth the loss to give up this very addictive habit. A dense fibrous tissue is deposited in the submucosal layer of the soft palate and cheek, causing disabling symptoms like trismus. It contains betel nuts, tobacco, lime, catechu and permitted spices and flavors. The first four substances damage the sensitive mucosa, causing constant irritation and micro trauma to the mucosa. Chemicals that are present act as a toxin. The phenol in the betel nut, with its caustic burning effect, destroys the mucosa, causing oral ulcers. The betel nut also contains tannins, which act as astringents, precipitating protein and damaging the mucosa. Altogether, this substance is known to be physiologically addictive. He can use replacements like nicotine chewing gum (if you want the stimulant effect, especially in the beginning) or ordinary chewing gum, hard candy and any other orally satiating substance, especially when the urge is very strong. He would have got conditioned to the habit to different times of the day and different situations. He must particularly avoid those occasions and occupy himself with something else attractive. He should get regular exercise, eat healthily, and get a good night’s rest every day. Visit a dentist and clean up his teeth and gums to wipe out all the reminders and damages of the habit. You may also get a thorough oral check up and treatment for any damages incurred. If he is unable to give it up on his own, he needs to be admitted into a rehabilitation center nearby until he is completely out of it. They will have him deal with all other issues also. Even after he comes out of the center, he must continue therapy and attend Smokers Anonymous meetings regularly.
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Hello. My name is Shubham Baranwal. And 20 year old. I'm a b-tech student. I am suffering from with stress. And I feel exhausted several time. I am taking iron tablet to 2 month. I'm also suffer from cough.

BAMS
Ayurveda,
You need to intake plenty of water, nutritious food, bowels clear, sound sleep without stress and follow some more tips as per ayurved, you will feel better than before.
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My friend is 24 years old and he is afraid of meeting new peoples, he gets worried about what they will think of him, he don't make eye contact with any people even from a child to adult, he thinks multiple things at the same time full of negativity and lacking confidence. Please suggest homeopathic solution.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Homoeopathy has good treatment for your friend's problem without causing adverse effects. Give homoeopathic medicine Staphysagria 200 once daily in the morning and give feedback after 6 days. For further treatment, consult privately Rs 149/-
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My boyfriend cheated with me. Thats why I'm very depressed recently. I feel for him my life has ruined. He told so many lie. He promised me so much but he did not kept his word. For him I rejected all marriage proposal. But he cheated me and left. I loss all hope. Seeking help but not getting from anywhere. I cry so much and seek help and guide from god. But help comes from no where.

BHMS
Homeopath,
No body will help u in this situation..u hv to help urslf..why ur thinking about someone who dosent worth u??why u should cry fr a guy who left u in this situation and enjoying his life..that guy wasn't fit fr u.it was ur wrong choice..think it as a accident in ur life and move forward..focus on ur life..there are soo mny people around u who loves u like ur parent,brother,sister,relatives,think about them..spent time with them.make urslf bzy alwyz...try to find and job and do something in ur life..thinking about ur past and dweels on it is totally waste of time..u will get bad thing,unhappy moments..soo frget past..strt a new life..remembr life is long and fr no one life can stop..it goes on..if he can be happy then why u shouldn't be??frget that guy as he cheated..walk or jogg daily..it will refresh ur mood...try to make urslf bzy..
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Dear professionals I am suffering from phobia and panic about urine while going out traveling in bus and more and stage fear also is there please help me only I want allopath professionals.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
Cardiologist, Ghaziabad
Built confidence. Do more interaction with friends. Relatives and colleagues do 1.no alcohol 2. Reduce body wt 3. No smoking/ tobacco 4. Diet - no ghee/ butter, have mix of vegetable oils - mustard, til, ground nut, olive oil, have more green vegetables and fruits, have whole grain atta, no fried. Fast. Spicy / processed/ junk food. Less sugar, potato, rice 5. 30 mts brisk walk daily 6. Deep breathing exercise for 10 mts daily 7. Meditation daily for 10 mts. 6-8 hrs of sleep at night 8. Expose your body to sun for 15-20 mts daily after some oil massage to get vit d. 9. Take more water you need med, for medicine contact on private chat. Good luck.
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I'm suffering sleeplessness, I sleep at 10 pm but wake up at 2.30 or odd every day and then it will take time to sleep .due to this I feel drowsy during day time, even stressed and depressed due to this and some other college work issues .my age is 18, some times my mood suddenly gets off and raises in anger can I know the reason first and it's solution. And I know some how it is related to psychiatry can I do anything besides going to a doctor please explain.

PGD IN ULTRAASONOGRAPHY, Non invasive cardiology course, MD - Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Narnaul
DEAR Lybrate USE Common causes of poor sleep (insomnia) in your case may be: -Poor sleep hygiene -Anxiety -Depression -Excessive stress -Substance use if present -Primary insomnia Common symptoms of anxiety and depression are: anxiety, low mood, decrease talk and interaction with others, nervousness, restlessness, mild irritability, excessive worry regarding own health, tremor, muscle spasm, heaviness in body, easy fatigability, headache, sleep disturbance, negative thinking, palpitation and dry mouth. Let me know if you are having some of the above symptoms with duration. Apart from that, chronic insomnia also lead to anxiety and depression. Irrespective of cause, below principles of sleep hygiene which will help you in long term: • Fix a bedtime and an awakening time. Do not be one of those people who allows bedtime and awakening time to drift. The body "gets used" to falling asleep at a certain time, but only if this is relatively fixed. Even if you are retired or not working, this is an essential component of good sleeping habits. • Avoid napping during the day • Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime. This includes caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate, so be careful. • Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4-6 hours before bedtime • Exercise regularly, but not right before bed. Regular exercise, particularly in the afternoon, can help deepen sleep. • Use comfortable bedding. • Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated. • Block out all distracting noise, and eliminate as much light as possible. • Reserve the bed for sleep. Don't use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room. Let your body "know" that the bed is associated with sleeping. • Practice relaxation techniques before bed. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing and others may help relieve anxiety and reduce muscle tension. • Don't take your worries to bed. Leave your worries about job, school, daily life, etc. Behind when you go to bed. Some people find it useful to assign a "worry period" during the evening or late afternoon to deal with these issues. • Establish a pre-sleep ritual. Pre-sleep rituals, such as a warm bath or a few minutes of reading, can help you sleep. • Getting Up in the Middle of the Night :Most people wake up one or two times a night for various reasons. If you find that you get up in the middle of night and cannot get back to sleep within 15-20 minutes, then do not remain in the bed "trying hard" to sleep. Get out of bed. Leave the bedroom. Read, have a light snack, do some quiet activity, or take a bath. You will generally find that you can get back to sleep 20 minutes or so later. Do not perform challenging or engaging activity such as office work, housework, etc. Do not watch television. • A Word About Television: Many people fall asleep with the television on in their room. Watching television before bedtime is often a bad idea. Television is a very engaging medium that tends to keep people up. We generally recommend that the television not be in the bedroom. At the appropriate bedtime, the TV should be turned off and the patient should go to bed. Some people find that the radio helps them go to sleep. Since radio is a less engaging medium than TV, this is probably a good idea.
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