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I can't sleep at night, so I sleep all day. This can't go on, tried all medicines out for insomnia. Need help please?

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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Delayed sleep phase

It is a vicious circle, if you sleep all day you cannot sleep at night.
You may have a delayed sleep phase synrome (in other words, you may be a night owl). If you really want to sleep at night and stay awake during the day, you have to put yourself on a strict schedule with no exceptions. Go to bed at a fixed time (use an alarm clock), get up 7-8 hours later whether or not you slept, no naps.

In brief: Delayed sleep phase

It is a vicious circle, if you sleep all day you cannot sleep at night.
You may have a delayed sleep phase synrome (in other words, you may be a night owl). If you really want to sleep at night and stay awake during the day, you have to put yourself on a strict schedule with no exceptions. Go to bed at a fixed time (use an alarm clock), get up 7-8 hours later whether or not you slept, no naps.
Dr. R Sangal
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Sleep

Agree w dr. Sangal.
You can use good sleep hygiene to help regulate yourself. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a.

In brief: Sleep

Agree w dr. Sangal.
You can use good sleep hygiene to help regulate yourself. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. Alcoholism is a major cause for insomnia. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. 8. No naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching TV. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV until sleepy. Consider chamomile tea before bed. Warm milk. Lavender oil in bath or lavender scent on pillow. Melatonin is very helpful. Acupuncture often works well for insomnia.
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