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What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

Trouble Sleeping: Consider melatonin. Sleep hygiene is key. 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 & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, along w light reading or warm bath.
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Have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Can I take Lunesta (eszopiclone) to get to sleep and Intermezzo when I wake in the middle of the night? Thank you.

Have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Can I take Lunesta (eszopiclone) to get to sleep and Intermezzo when I wake in the middle of the night? Thank you.

NO!: ABSOLUTELY NOT! Sounds like you are becoming "tolerant" to these chemical sleep aides! You should not take any of these more than every other night!! NEVER take two in the same night! You need to have your primary care provider (PCP) to discuss good "SLEEP HYGIENE" with you! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I always have had trouble getting to sleep. What are my options?

I always have had trouble getting to sleep. What are my options?

Many: You need to learn to relax! start by having the same bedtime routine, keep you room dark and cool. Maybe drink chamomile tea, put away the thoughts of the day, take a a warm shower, use medication as a last resort. But if you can't sleep, talk to your doctor and get the help you need. Remember that over the counter sleep aids and alcohol are bad for sleep. The opposite of what most people think. ...Read more

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I have been having trouble getting to sleep lately. Any recommendations?

I have been having trouble getting to sleep lately. Any recommendations?

Use good 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 & 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. ...Read more

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Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep on trips. What is safest sleeper?

Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep on trips. What is safest sleeper?

Melatonin: Consider the use of melatonin, which is an over-the-counter supplement. If you have any health conditions or take other medications/supplements please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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I have no trouble getting to sleep between 10 to 11pm but wake between 3:30 and 4:30 most mornings. I have tried Valerian. Any other natural options?

I have no trouble getting to sleep between 10 to 11pm but wake between 3:30 and 4:30 most mornings. I have tried Valerian.  Any other natural options?

Melatonin?: Try Melatonin (the long-acting one) to see if this helps. Talk to your doctor to see if there is any medication condition which may be causing your sleep problem including sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What could cause trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep in a 15 year old?

What could cause trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep in a 15 year old?

Anxiety: try to have a calm period before bedtime exercise in the evening--have a nice warm bath,possibly warm milk,.do not have any beeping phones or computers around and 'count sheep.!' ...Read more

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Sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep. What is the best way to quiet the mind?

Sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep.  What is the best way to quiet the mind?

Insomnia: Many people have trouble falling asleep in a timely manner. The best place to start is with proper sleep 'hygiene'. Only use your bed for sleeping and sexual activity. Avoid naps all day and caffeine after lunch. Having a healthy diet and exercising properly will also help you rest at night. Be sure to sleep in a quiet spot. It is normal to wait up to 20 minutes to fall asleep. ...Read more

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The last few nights I've had trouble getting to sleep then I wake in the middle of night due to being rest restless. What could it be all of a sudden?

The last few nights I've had trouble getting to sleep then I wake in the middle of night due to being rest restless. What could it be all of a sudden?

Many things: can cause you to have poor sleep and arousals - the most common being anxiety and stress. Iron deficiency anemia or genetics inherited from your parents can also cause your legs to be hypermobile or restless at night. ...Read more

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What can cause me to first i had trouble getting to sleep and later now have trouble staying asleep?

What can cause me to first i had trouble getting to sleep and later now have trouble staying asleep?

Many things...: Many things can make it difficult to fall asleep and wake you up in the middle of the night. Stress/anxiety, pain, heartburn, sleep apnea, leg movements, alcohol use prior to bedtime, napping, caffeine and nicotine use. A sleep specialist and a sleep diary would be quite helpful. ...Read more

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I have noticed a pattern in my sleep cycles. On the first day of my period I have trouble getting to sleep then wake up at 2am wide awake. Why is this?

I have noticed a pattern in my sleep cycles. On the first day of my period I have trouble getting to sleep then wake up at 2am wide awake. Why is this?

Hormones hurt sleep: The hormonal changes that drive the menstrual cycle have a number of secondary effects. One of these is insomnia, which is more common in the second half of the menstrual cycle. This condition is usually treatable. Check with your physician for guidance. Here's an article that may be of help: http://www.Besthealthmag.Ca/get-healthy/girlfriends-guide/13-ways-to-beat-menstrual-insomnia. ...Read more

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My 93 y.O. Mother has trouble getting to sleep and can also wake at 2 am etc. She's in v.Good health, likes nat. Medicine, but eg.Melatonin won't work?

My 93 y.O. Mother has trouble getting to sleep and can also wake at 2 am etc. She's in v.Good health, likes nat. Medicine, but eg.Melatonin won't work?

L-Tryptophan 500mg : Several night time over the counter supplement remedies for insomnia include: l-tryptophan 500mg, l-glycine 3000mg, 5-htp 300mg, calcium 500mg/magnesium 250mg, l-theanine 200mg. Also, try meditation and inspirational reading. Keep bedroom dark. No tv, computer or pets. Do not drink water 30 minutes before bedtime. Refrain from watching the news or any highly excitable tv shows near bedtime. ...Read more

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I've had abdominal pain for4days, nausea, sore breasts, increased apatite, trouble getting to sleep, moody.. Any idea what could be wrong? Can't c gp

I've had abdominal pain for4days, nausea, sore breasts, increased apatite, trouble getting to sleep, moody.. Any idea what could be wrong? Can't c gp

Abdominal pain/sore: Limited information. Not sure what stage you are in your monthly cycle. it could be premenstrual tension or if you are late for your period early signs of pregnancy. The abdominal pain is a bit concern as that may also be a UTI, reflux, gallbladder,anxiety .You need to see a doctor either in person or by remote telemedicine. ...Read more

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I always wake up at around 3am and have trouble getting back to sleep. I used to take medication for insomnia. What seems to be the case now?

I always wake up at around 3am and have trouble getting back to sleep. I used to take medication for insomnia. What seems to be the case now?

A "classic" Sx of MD: Major depressive episodes often include the symptom of "early morning awakening"; thought to be a result of hormonal disturbances often found with biologically induced depression. Visit a psychiatrist, he/she will review your sleep hygiene; suggest a trial of non-rx melatonin; if these did not help, rozarem, or silenor; stronger antidepressants: trazadone Remeron (mirtazapine) or Elavil may be necessary, .. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of fatal insomnia. I'm having trouble getting to and maintaining sleep and don't see how anything else could cause this.

What are the early symptoms of fatal insomnia. I'm having trouble getting to and maintaining sleep and don't see how anything else could cause this.

If it even exists: ..It is extraordinarily rare. It has afflicted a specific Italian gene line and the age of onset is in the 50s. There have only been between 50-100 people EVER thought to have had this "disease". Forget it. You want to sleep? Start by turning off your electronics two hours before bedtime, cut out caffeine, improve your nutrition and get some vigorous exercise. If still troubled, see your Doc. ...Read more

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How to get quality sleep ?

How to get quality sleep ?

Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. Shoot for 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep Medicine (Definition)

Sleep medicine is a specialty in the medical profession. Typically a physician who has been trained and certified by a specialty board in medicine and limits their medical practice to the diagnosis and ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more