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Tips on Sleeping
DR. WALLACE: I'm a very active teen, and my life is almost perfect except for one big problem. I have a hard time falling asleep. Any tips will be appreciated. — Nameless, Tupelo, Miss.
NAMELESS: I checked my files under the title "Sleeping," and found these tips gleaned from an article on insomnia. Here they are:
— Go to bed at the same time every night. Once it becomes a habit, it will automatically trigger a sleep response.
— Never read, write or eat in bed. Activity other than sleep that you associate with being in bed will encourage insomnia.
— Exercise or work out in the morning or afternoon. Overstimulation before bedtime may sabotage your sleep.
— Say no to coffee, tea, chocolate and cola drinks after dinner. A cup of warm milk? Yes.
— Sleep in the dark with all lights and radios off.
— If you wake up during the night, don't raid the refrigerator or watch the late-late show. These "rewards" will serve as an incentive to make a habit of waking.
GET LOST AND STAY LOST!
DR. WALLACE: I am 16 and dating Jim, who is 17. When I met him, he was dating another girl, but he called me every night. Eventually, he asked me if I would go out with him if he stopped dating the girl. When I said yes, he broke up with Stacy and we started dating.
When he broke up with Stacy, they agreed to date once in a while. I also agreed to this arrangement.
Well, everything was going smoothly (Jim and Stacy dated about once a month) until Stacy told Jim that she didn't want to see him anymore; she was about to go out with Greg.
Now whenever Jim and I are together, he only talks about Stacy and how he misses her. He says he cares for me, but he never shows it. Should I give him time to "find" himself, or should I tell him to get lost? — Gina, Kingman, Ariz.
GINA: Tell him to get lost and to stay lost!
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE TO A TATTOO
DR. WALLACE: I'm a 19-year-old girl who made a stupid mistake three months ago, and now I need your advice. At the time, I allowed my boyfriend to talk me into getting a tattoo.
I got it on my right shoulder (a butterfly with my boyfriend's initials under it) and now I'm sorry I got it. First of all, I no longer go with the guy. I'm also embarrassed when I wear clothes or beachwear where the tattoo can be seen.
Please tell me where I can get the tattoo removed. Getting a tattoo was a very big mistake. — Courtney, Zanesville, Ohio.
COURTNEY: You have three choices. First, you can have the tattoo re-tattooed with a skin-colored tint. And the following choices require the skills of a dermatologist: Your tattoo can be removed by abrasion (sanding) or by a new method using a laser beam. Contact a dermatologist for a consultation.
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