A 43-year-old member asked:

Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do i do?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jill Carnahan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Routine + melatonin: Many things like anxiety and change in environment can affect sleep. Try melatonin 3-6mg 1 hour before bedtime. Here are some more helpful hints! http://doccarnahan.Blogspot.Com/2011/02/sleep-like-baby-dr-jills-twelve-tips-to.Html.
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Dr. Roy Arnold
Dr. Roy Arnold commented
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Your symptoms are suspicious for acute mountain sickness - restlessness, disturbed sleep/wake cycles. Several choices - go to lower altitude, seek medical attention, or wait it out for a day or two to see if it improves. Next time consider taking acetazolamide as preventive.
Dec 23, 2014
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 47 years experience
Try Diamox (acetazolamide): Reason it is hard to sleep is 'periodic breathing' develops at high altitude, a form of sleep apnea where you literally pause and stop breathing briefly over and over ; the body struggles to stay asleep against it. Breathing hard blows off co2 and messes up your acid base state. Body loses it's one of it's drive to breath as frequently without normal acid state. Diamox (acetazolamide) will fix restless non sleep.
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