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A 32-year-old female asked:

What major systems of the body regulate sleep? i have chronic insomnia and no other major diseases. taking antidepressants never really cured it.

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Sleep is complicated: Centers in the hypothalamus and brain stem (locus ceruleus) and elsewhere regulate sleep.Ongoing brain activity from external and internal stimuli have a great bearing on how these centers perform. Pain, noise, worry, caffeine, exercise, medications all can disrupt normal sleep Some antidepressants can interfere with sleep if taken at night) Start by reading about good sleep hygene. Then see a Dr.
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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 31 years experience
Sleep medicine: It's completely unrealistic to expect a satisfactory answer in 400 characters, or 400 words, or 400 lines, or even 400 pages. Some researchers spend their entire careers studying sleep. There are websites and books on sleep intended specifically for the lay reader. Check your local library or bookstore, or Amazon.
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Last updated May 22, 2016


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