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why can i not stay aleep.

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Unknown: There can b many contributing factors many due 2 worries & distress, & including the home situation, financial & more. Also physiological reasons. U should start with ur pcp & go from there. U may need a sleep study or a psychological consult. Not a good idea to take otc aids. Get a dx.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't know: 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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