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What to do if i can't sleep at night so i need sleeping pills. are there any that are not harmful to teenagers?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Try good sleep: Hygeine before turning to sleeping pills. 1. Keep regular bed &wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress &pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep &sex. Put work materials, computers, &tvs in another.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. 6. No caffeine w/i 6 hours; alcohol & smoking w/i 2 hrs of bed. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hrs before bedtime. 8. No naps & go to bed only when sleepy. 9. Find another time to write down problems & solutions. 10. After 10-15 mins of inability to sleep, go to another room & read or watch TV until sleepy. Consider
May 6, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
acupuncture, chamomile tea, warm milk, melatonin or Lavender oil in bath or on pillow.
May 6, 2014

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A 38-year-old female asked:

Why is it i can't sleep at night i take sleeping pills and can't sleep but 1hour?

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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Insomnia: A poor sleep technic perhaps. Insomnia can occur when the environment where you sleep does not facilitate this important process. Make sure you have no distractions in the room like a tv, laptop. Ipad, smart phones, books, etc. . If still having problems may consider evaluation for restless leg syndrome or depression. Exercise during the day, not at night. Check with your physician for guidance.

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