Why can't I sleep?

Sensitive marker. Sleep is a sensitive marker of many diseases. If there is a big, sudden change in your sleep habits, it is important to let your doctor know. Be careful with taking sleep-inducing drugs to cover up the insomnia. This should only be done after eliminating serious causes of insomnia. It is much better to use insomnia to reach early diagnosis of an underlying medical / psychiatric condition.
Insomnia. Primary cause of insomnia is psychiatric, other causes of insomnia could be secondary to medical causes, sleep apnea, work schedule, psychosocial stressors.
INSOMNIA? Most insomniac's have very bad habits or emotional problems that they have to come to grips with and eliminate in order to sleep better. Caffiene intake, anxiety, worrying, eating late or sporadically, stress, depression...You get my point. Medicine isn't always the best solution. Counseling will help to define the problem and go with what you are told. Sweet dreams!
Prevention. Not being able to sleep may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help.
Many Causes.. There are many reasons for difficulty sleeping, and several types of insomnia. Nearly 70 million people suffer from sleep problems. If you have been having difficulty sleeping for some time (two or more weeks), it may be helpful to consult your doctor or a mental health professional to explore further. Here is a link to some tips I have developed for my patients: http://tinyurl.Com/cuexb6u.
Many reasons. You may not be able to sleep because of physical or emotional issues, or both. For physical comfort, try placing a pillow between your knees. If you are anxious and having trouble getting to sleep, learn to meditate. Meditation is close to stage i sleep.

Related Questions

Why can't I sleep normally?

See a dr. You can have sleep problems from snoring, apnea, restless legs, poor sleep hygeine, anxiety/depression, napping during the day, night seizures, noises in the neighborhood waking you up, bed bugs, waking up to use the bathroom, acid reflux, allergies, or any number of things. I recommend seeing a doctor to get checked out. Read more...
Sleep problems. Agree w dr. Baez. Are you using good sleep hygiene? If not, that may be a factor. If you already use good sleep hygiene then you may need medical evaluation. 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. Read more...

Why can't I sleep until 5 or 6 AM?

Sleep disorder. may be related to many factors: stress, tension. anxiety, medical illness, psychiatric illness, drugs, alcohol obstructive sleep apnea or a biological variation in your sleep cycle. You may need a sleep study. Please call your private physician for a workup. Read more...

Why can't I sleep without music? How do I stop depending on this?

It is probably a. Conditioned response. You can work to replace that w another sleep ritual. Here are some good sleep hygiene tips. 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, . Read more...

Why can't I sleep things keep going through my head?

Insomnia. Psychphysiologic insomnia is the most common form of primary insomnia. There are three factors that contribute: 1. Predisposing factors 2. Precipitating factors - life stressors 3. Perpetuating factors - the cycle of not sleeping, worrying about not sleeping, not sleeping, ... Treatment: - relax for the 1hr before bed - use bed only for sleeping - no bright light (tv, etc) 1hr before bed. Read more...
Worry kills sleep. Worry, or even just an active mind, can keep people awake. If you're worried about something, try writing down what it is and putting the paper aside. Tell yourself that you'll take care of it tomorrow. Then think about something boring like listing all the states in alphabetic order or the names and times of your favorite tv shows. Also, do relaxing things before you go to bed like taking a bath. Read more...

Why does my back hurt? Why can't I sleep through the night?

Inflammation? Back problems causing pain at night are frequently associated with spine or sacroiliitis. You are not having radicular pain suggesting a disc. Check with a rheumatologist! Read more...
See below. Without more informationa the cause is impossible to determine. I would see your pcp. Does the pain go down the legs from the back? What makes it worse? Is the pain the reason you can't sleep? Read more...

I haven't slept for 36 hours, approaching 48 tonight. I go work as normal during day and have energy - why can't I sleep? Using no meds.

Danger zone. If you have not slept in over 36 hours, you're in the danger zone for making serious errors in judgment or driving, etc. The results can be as serious as if you're drunk. Have you been using any recreational stimulants? Do you have any family history of psychiatric illnesses, like bipolar disorder? I strongly suggest you see your physician asap for an evaluation. This can be how mania starts. Read more...
Anxiety and mood. Changes. You need to see your doctor quickly so as to prevent serious consequences from sleep deprivation. The fact that you go to work and have energy, yet have mood changes, means to me that you are going to need a full psychiatric eval to rule out not only generalized anxiety disorder, but, of even greater concern, bipolar disorder. The first thing to do, however, is to treat the insomnia. Read more...