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Dr. Christopher Wilson
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Difficulty Falling Asleep (Overview)

Difficulty falling asleep is a symptom in which a person has trouble getting to sleep, maybe due to caffeine intake, depression, anxiety, pain, noisy environment, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc


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What are some causes for difficulty falling asleep?

What are some causes for difficulty falling asleep?

Insomnia: 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, stress, bipolar disorder, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
10 doctors shared insights

Difficulty Falling Asleep (Overview)

Difficulty falling asleep is a symptom in which a person has trouble getting to sleep, maybe due to caffeine intake, depression, anxiety, pain, noisy environment, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc


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My mother has difficulty falling asleep. Should I be worried for what this means?

My mother has difficulty falling asleep. Should I be worried for what this means?

Expert evaluation: There are many factors to consider; then the question ''how serious'' can be addressed. You would most likely note general indications such as associated difficulties (appetite, motivation, emotional availability, symptoms are getting worse or better); however, the kindest thing would be to offer to accompany your mother to her 1st app't. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been having difficulty falling asleep lately?

What to do if I have been having difficulty falling asleep lately?

Agree w Dr. Jacobson: 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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What are some causes for difficulty falling asleep?

Insomnia: 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, stress, bipolar disorder, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been having difficulty falling asleep lately?

Agree w Dr. Jacobson: 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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After I go to the gym that I have immense difficulty falling asleep. Why would this be?

After I go to the gym that I have immense difficulty falling asleep. Why would this be?

Stimulation: Working out wakes up your body. Your brain waves need to slow for you to fall asleep. Recommend avoiding exercise for at least several hours before you plan to go to sleep. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm tired but I have difficulty falling asleep. What could cause this?

I'm tired but I have difficulty falling asleep. What could cause this?

A number of things: There could be sleep apnea. You could also have underlying depression as well, which can also disturb sleep. Caffeine may also disturb sleep, as can alcohol. You should definitely see a sleep specialist to go over all of your sleep habits and complaints to chart out a management plan. You may also need a sleep study in a hospital or sleep lab. ...Read more

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Having difficulty falling asleep and i keep tossing and turning constantly thinking. How can I relax?

Having difficulty falling asleep and i keep tossing and turning constantly thinking. How can I relax?

Behavior modifying: One place to start is practicing good sleep hygiene. Keep your sleep pattern consistently structured, avoid napping, use bed only for sleep or intimacy, and avoid lying in bed long periods without sleeping. If falling asleep is troublesome because of trouble turning off your thoughts, relaxation and imagery techniques are often helpful. For more help with these make an appointment with a therapist. ...Read more

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