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Trenton, NJ
A 45-year-old female asked:

having trouble sleeping. i feel like i am but when i awake i don't feel refreshed. i don't snore. sometime i can't sleep because im hungry. hormones?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Zahid Awan
Specializes in Psychiatry
Sleep hygiene: Are you eating a reasonable amount of food for dinner? How long before your bedtime do you eat? Make sure that you are not working out too close to bedtime.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this & see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygeine techniques.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sleep problems.: Agree w dr. Awan. It would require medical evaluation to know if this is related to hormonal changes or not. In the meantime, work on 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 sized & >>.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
& 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.
Aug 9, 2013

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