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Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Depends: It depends on the type of pill - sedatives can cause physical dependence otc remedies can have other adverse effects. ...Read more

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Fall asleep fine but wake after 3hr every night & cannot go back to sleep. Only way go back to sleep is a sleeping pill or zolpidem. I'm diabetic and use a cpap. Ideas bout cause or a solution plz?Thx

Fall asleep fine but wake after 3hr every night & cannot go back to sleep. Only way go back to sleep is a sleeping pill or zolpidem. I'm diabetic and use a cpap. Ideas bout cause or a solution plz?Thx

Sleeping problems: People that suffer of sleep apnea have interrupted sleep because of difficulty getting adequate oxygenation. Even if your using your CPAP machine every night it might need evaluation to check parameters are direct for you. Also weight loss helps for those that are overweight to help control symptoms. ...Read more

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Bad sleep and migraines every day for weeks. I either sleep 13 hours at a time or can't fall asleep.What's wrong with me? It's driving me crazy.

Bad sleep and migraines every day for weeks. I either sleep 13 hours at a time or can't fall asleep.What's wrong  with me? It's driving me crazy.

Migraines: Neuro.: You need to see a migraine specialist/ neurologist asap. You need to get the migraines controlled first and then you can work on any remaining sleep issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Best resource: Based on available studies and clinical use, melatonin is generally regarded as safe in recommended doses (five milligrams daily) for up to two years. Available trials report that overall adverse effects are not significantly more common with melatonin than placebo. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/ns_patient-melatonin/dsection=safety. ...Read more

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Why does my skin itch so bad at night when i'm trying to fall asleep?

Why does my skin itch so bad at night when i'm trying to fall asleep?

Not sure... temp?: Typically histamine is closer to the surface as skin is warmed. Are you taking a shower/bath at night? This could be the answer or else mah be related to your bedroom temperature, clothes or sheets. ...Read more

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During night i can't fall asleep. Or when I do I wake up every hour :/ what can I do to help my sleep patterns ?

During night i can't fall asleep. Or when I do I wake up every hour :/ what can I do to help my sleep patterns ?

Sleep hygiene: Work on sleep hygiene such as bed restriction and stimulus control. If it's a breathing disorder, a sleep study should be considered. If it's a parasomnia, medication can help. Seeing a sleep specialist can help you determine the best course. ...Read more

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I take a sleeping tablet every night. Some nights i fall asleep after one tablet, some nights I have to take up to three to sleep. Should i worry?

I take a sleeping tablet every night. Some nights i fall asleep after one tablet, some nights I have to take up to three to sleep. Should i worry?

See doctor: It appears that you need these medications to sleep and they may no longer be working .You should see your doctor to discuss and find some other form of therapy to help you. ...Read more

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Every time I fall asleep with the lights on I night terrors? Is that odd?

Every time I fall asleep with the lights on I night terrors?  Is that odd?

Depends: If you can remember having night terrors, then odds are probably not night terrors and it could be something else. Anything that disrupts our deep sleep can elicit complex, unwanted behaviors. Noise, physical discomfort, periodic limb movements, sleep apnea can trigger these events. Not sure how lights could elicit these, but certainly possible you may only remember these events when lights are on. ...Read more

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Is it problematic to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to fall asleep?

Is it problematic to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to fall asleep?

Rather benign med: Benedryl is the main sleep ingredient in most otc sleep products & as an otc med it has been show to be relatively safe, even when taken over a long term. That said, you may want to meet with your pcp, have a regular checkup & discuss any other symptoms that could point to a treatable condition that is interfering with natural sleep. ...Read more

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What to do if i can't fall asleep so im just pulling an all nighter! is that bad?

What to do if i can't fall asleep so im just pulling an all nighter! is that bad?

Occasionally, no: Particularly if you can remain awake and functional until bedtime next day. A brief nap (not longer than about 90 minutes, set an alarm) would be ok mid-day, but longer could further disturb your sleep pattern. Try reducing caffeine & other stimulants and slowing your activity level about an hour before you plan to go to bed. ...Read more