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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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Difficulty Staying Asleep (Definition)

After going to sleep initially, u keep waking up in middle of night (interrupted sleep). Also called terminal insomnia, as opposed to initial insomnia (can't fall asleep). Many factors can cause that, from idiopathic (unknown) to metabolic, to endocrine to medications or medical problems or psychiatric ...Read more


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Trouble staying asleep, need help or meds?

Trouble staying asleep, need help or meds?

Try better sleep: hygiene - if that doesn't work - get med eval. 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 > ...Read more

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I am having trouble staying awake and focusing, despite sufficient sleep and healthy habits. Is a Provigil/modafinil prescription advisable?

I am having trouble staying awake and focusing, despite sufficient sleep and healthy habits. Is a Provigil/modafinil prescription advisable?

Down, boy: If your car was hard to start in the morning and kept stalling out on hot days, would you go to Pep Boys and get some Magic Startum or would you take it in to your mechanic to find out what was wrong? The same applies to your body. It's as true in medicine as in auto repair: First diagnosis, then treatment. If you want to cross the finish line, you have to run the race. ...Read more

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Don't have insomnia but having trouble falling asleep due to stress (staying asleep is fine). OTC/other temp remedies to help fall asleep?

Don't have insomnia but having trouble falling asleep due to stress (staying asleep is fine). OTC/other temp remedies to help fall asleep?

Insomnio: To have problems starting sleep or awakenings in mid sleep no matter are types of insomnia if happens for > 6 wks at least 3 X a week. Do relaxation methods/ exercises, increase sleep hygiene. Take camomil;e tea or malatonin as a first step ...Read more

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Best natural sleeping remedys for insomnia, sleeping disturbance? Instead of having to take sleeping pills / painkillers to sleep?

Best natural sleeping remedys for insomnia, sleeping disturbance? Instead of having to take sleeping pills / painkillers to sleep?

Sleep: Turn off all electrical devices one hour before sleep. Dark room. Quiet. Melatonin 1 hour before getting tired to beat your pineal glands secretion of melatonin can help. ...Read more

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Help for experiencing difficulty sleeping. What to try first; melatonin?

Help for experiencing difficulty sleeping.  What to try first; melatonin?

Sleep hygiene: Primary treatment of insomnia is good sleep hygiene. Get comfortable bed in quiet location without interference or distractions. Go to bed only when tired. Use bed only for sleeping and sex - not reading or watching tv. Exercise regularly - esp. Am. Limit exciting activities, stimulants and eating just before bed time. After ensuring these are done then melatonin is reasonable. ...Read more

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What are good over-the-counter meds for sleep aid?

What are good over-the-counter meds for sleep aid?

OTC sleep aid: Melatonin, diphenhydramine, and herbals such as valerian root and chamomile are examples. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep not staying asleep its the initial process that i have difficulty Is diphenhydramine or a natural suppliment better?

I have trouble falling asleep not staying asleep its the initial process that i have difficulty Is diphenhydramine or a natural suppliment better?

Neither: Try sleep hygiene first: no caffeinated beverages in the evening, no vigorous physical exercise in the evening too, no TV/pc/smartphone at least one hour prior to bed time, cool, dark and quiet bedroom, fixed time to retire, preferably 1-2hours before midnight. Try those first before either benadryl (diphenhydramine) or supplements, good luck ...Read more

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Not sleeping well lately- can't fall or stay asleep...Is "calms forte" a safe sleep aid? Currently taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally for a concussion.

Not sleeping well lately- can't fall or stay asleep...Is "calms forte" a safe sleep aid? Currently taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally for a concussion.

Neuropsych eval: Get a neuropsychological evaluation from a neuropsychologist board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology to assess what areas of the brain have been effected by the concussion and how it factors into current sleep loss. ...Read more

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What is a very good sleep medication prescribed by psychiatrist to help fall asleep and stay asleep?

What is a very good sleep medication prescribed by psychiatrist to help fall asleep and stay asleep?

Sleep can be a real: Issue for people w bipolar disorder ; anxiety. See that you take abilify, (aripiprazole) Cymbalta ; alprazolam. The first thing i would want to do is to get the bipolar disorder under control because that can really impact sleep. Did starting Cymbalta effect your sleep? If that was an issue - i might reconsider the antidepressant. I would also want to ensure that you were using excellent sleep hygiene. Even. ...Read more

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Withdrawling from opiates.. Need help with falling asleep.. And a guideline for healthier thinking dealing with withdrawals and staying clean..

Withdrawling from opiates.. Need help with falling asleep.. And a guideline for healthier thinking dealing with withdrawals and staying clean..

NA or AA: It is fabulous that you are trying to get clean AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) are both very effective and free programs that are designed to help people get, and stay, clean/sober. Their success rate equals all paid forms of detox. Join today and get a lot of support stopping. Go to meetings daily or twice or three times daily to get even more support! Good luck! ...Read more

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I take 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to aid in me falling asleep, rather then taking any sleep meds. Any better alternatives?

I take 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to aid in me falling asleep, rather then taking any sleep meds. Any better alternatives?

Good habits: Good habits : -regular sleep time -no TV/light source in the bedroom -cool temperature -no caffeinated drinks late afternoon -no computer games before bed time -regular exercise during the day -calming breathing exercising before sleep Can also consider calming teas, herbal suplements ...Read more

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I can't stay asleep through the night. Tried melatonin, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) doxylamine succinate, and RX's. Tips to stay asleep through the night?

I can't stay asleep through the night. Tried melatonin, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) doxylamine succinate, and RX's. Tips to stay asleep through the night?

Sleep habit: Assuming you have not been consuming caffeine after 3 p.m. and have no problem falling asleep, we will need to know your age and other medical conditions to provide you a guess. As we age, sleep tends to become more irregular and taking long naps will worsen it. Prostate issue , pain, nasal obstruction, sleep apnea, and anxiety also keep people awake. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I sleep deep for first 3 hours, then have trouble sleeping after. What OTC sleep aid would help this problem? I'm practicing proper sleep hygiene.

I sleep deep for first 3 hours, then have trouble sleeping after.  What OTC sleep aid would help this problem? I'm practicing proper sleep hygiene.

One good option: is sublingual melatonin. See that you suffer from melatonin. If depression is not adequately treated - that may be a cause for insomnia. Please discuss with your prescribing provider. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Get : Get yourself an appointment with a sleep medicine specialist in your area. It may take some work/time, but there is help available and you can lead a normal life with proper management. Yes, chances are that you may have to manage this condition from now on. It may be best to look at the management of insomnia as a hobby rather than a project, much like the management of diabetes. ...Read more

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How many sleeping aid pills (kalms sleep or kalms night) would garauntee making me fall asleep?

How many sleeping aid pills (kalms sleep or kalms night) would garauntee making me fall asleep?

No guarantee: I'm afraid ther is no guarantee. Some of the over the counter things taken can actually make some people's sleep issues worse (like in the case of RLS and antihistamines (benadryl). Just be careful on using something to help with sleep even if "natural." find out what is causing you to have trouble falling asleep if you can. ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Wilson
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Trouble Staying Asleep (Definition)

TYpically, when one is discussing sleep challenges, one evaluates both sleep initiation (falling asleep) and staying asleep (sleep maintenance). Different sleep aids work based on their abilities to do one ...Read more


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