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A 47-year-old member asked:

I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and also back pains. is this related?

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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sleep: Sleep apnea, restless legs, plms, etc can cause trouble falling and staying asleep they can also contribute to genralized body ache and inflammation by increasing inflammatory markers in the blood, crp. Interluekins etc. Back ache could be related or independent related to posture, weight, mattress etc please get a sleep study done.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It's always possible: to be kept awake by pain. Possible causes of insomnia include: poor sleep hygiene,Traveling with change in time zones, chronic pain, frequent night-time urination, problems breathing, Shift work, anxiety disorders (esp. PTSD), Depression, bipolar disorder, stress, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is there something I can take if i'm having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Insomnia: Sleep hygiene techniques work. Also, melatonin can come handy.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

True. I have trouble falling asleep. Staying asleep I'm fine. ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Mild insomnia: Many causes of delayed sleep latency and a common one is restless leg syndrome, but medications, alcohol, recreational drugs, emotional stress, could all contribute. Although Melatonin may assist you, would not recommend prescription sleep aides based on your comments. Discuss further with your doctor.

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