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A 33-year-old female asked:

Dx narcolepsy w/o cat 2yrs last 6 months experiencing difficulty falling asleep can i have insomnia too? sometimes takes hrs to fall asleep rx:ritalin

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: You can have insomnia and narcolepsy. Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause difficulty with sleep. Please let your physician know. In the meantime, use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent.
Mar 9, 2014
Dr. Hanul Bhandari
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine 14 years experience
See below: It may be caused by the Ritalin (methylphenidate) and oddly, sometimes the narcolepsy because of your sleep times and napping times. When do you take your ritalin (methylphenidate)? Taking it close to bedtime or even in the after noon can keep you up late. If you need to nap, take naps earlier in the daytime, if possible. Discuss options with your sleep doctor to manage your narcolepsy ; difficulty sleeping. Hope that helps!
Last updated Jul 16, 2016

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