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i don't have a problem falling asleep. i do however wake several times and i'm restless averaging 4 hours sleep. any advice?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Natural TX includes melatonin supplement w/professional guidance. Stop stimulants after noon&computers 1 hr pre-bed. Peace & health.
Answered on Aug 5, 2016
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Get a sleep study: It wold be reasonable to do a sleep study to see if a clear cause for this can be found. For example you might have sleep apnea, a common problem that people are seldom aware of; either see a sleep medicine specialist or ask your regular doc to order a study. You and also try the amino acids 5-HTP, 200 mg and Glycine 3000 mg, both at bedtime, as both reduce awakenings and improve sleep quality.
Answered on Aug 5, 2016

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