I cannot sleep?

Sleep Hygiene. The very best medicine for sleep is: no medicine at all. For the vast majority of us, trouble sleeping is related to poor sleep habits. These include: daytime napping, caffeine use, watching tv at night, not getting sufficient exercise, and drug use. The first thing to do: look up "sleep hygiene" on the internet and make lifestyle changes. If that doesn't work, then see your doctor.
Insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes#1.
Second opinion. Most people who suffer from insomnia are well aware of--and have already tried and failed--sleep hygiene advice. Though sleep hygiene advice is solid advice, it fails to--by itself--ameliorate insomnia in many sufferers. My strategy is to prescribe insomnia medication, and then after 1-2 months of good sleep, slowly wean off meds.

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I cannot sleep vary well?

Insomnia. Many reasons for poor sleep. Anxiety, hyperthyroidism, bipolar disorder, medication side effects, untreated heart failure or sleep apnea, etc. Check out http://www.Sleepfoundation.Org/article/ask-the-expert/sleep-hygiene & http://www.Cdc.Gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.Htm re sleep hygiene. If that isn't enough, go see your doc for options. But those medications all come w/side effects . . . Read more...

I cannot sleep. What do I do?

Sleep Hygeine. You may have habits you need to deal with including caffeine and alcohol intake, inadequate exercise, inadequate light exposure, and timing of tv, video game and computer use. You need to adjust your sleep environment and associate your bedroom primarily with sleep and not other activities. It may also help to avoid naps at other times of day, and work on the timing of when you go to bed. Read more...
Try this: Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used 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. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, lavender scent. Read more...
Insomnia. Talk to your doctor about this to see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygiene techniques. Read more...
Insomnia. Primary cause of insomnia is psychiatric, other causes of insomnia could be secondary to medical causes, sleep apnea, work schedule, psychosocial stressors. Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep properly lately?

Turn off . it is important to find a way to wind down without electronic stimulation which has been shown to stimulate brain activity and cause poor sleep . Read more...
Sleep hygiene . No TV at bedtime, dark comfortable room and surroundings, don't lay awake more than 30-40 minutes. If you do, get out of bed and try to read in another room for 30 minutes, then try to sleep again. Can a also try white noise or other noise machine and could try over the counter melatonin supplement. Stop drinking caffeine between noon and 3pm, limit or stop energy drinks. . Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep. Can anyone help?

Consider hypnosis. If you are concerned about insomnia you should learn about hypnotherapy. It is something anyone can learn, takes just a session or two and can cure insomnia without using medication at all. It also reduces stress. Find a qualified psychologist to help you learn how hypnosis can help. Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep, what should I do?

Excellent answer. Dr Fowler gave an excellent answer to this question a short time ago.. I think you can access it here: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1369070-what-to-do-if-i-have-chronic-insomnia-what-to-do-if-i-have-tried-several-and-can't-find-one-that-works-any-opinions-on-the-best-or-worse. Read more...

What to do if I have stuff noise I cannot sleep?

Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sugar and breaks up biofilm in the body. That's where germs mulitply. It is found in a nasal spray called xlear (pronounced "clear") and in chewing gum called spry. Pleasant tasting too! See your doc to make sure you don' t have a medical problem. Peace and good health. Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep. Really need help!?

Choices to consider. Sometimes people can't sleep because they are over stimulated. Stop watching tv, using the computer in the hour before bed. Take a warm bath, get a massage. Even eating some popcorn may help. If this fails there are always medicinal approaches and some herbals to consider. Ask for help. Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep. Feeling too anxious?

Try a relaxation. Technique. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. Progressive muscle relaxation is also very effective. Read more...
See below. What are you worried about? Is it everyday things or tomorrow or things that have not been done today? As dr. Fowler said, do relaxation, establish daily routines -- they make environment more predictable, no caffeinated anything. On the nights that you can sleep, what happens that helps you drift off? Monitor yourself, keep a diary and you might be able to figure out a pattern. Good luck! Read more...

What to do if I cannot sleep over at people's house?

Does it make you. Anxious? Are you 41? Is it important that you be able to do this? Is it just that you can't sleep or that you feel apprehensive the whole time? If anxiety prevents you from sleeping at another person's home and you need to overcome this - consider cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. Read more...