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What can I do to sleep?

By Anonymous July 19, 2017 - 11:21pm
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I am active all through the day and at night when its time for bed i can't sleep. For the past several months I can't sleep without taking 4 melatonin and 4 to 5 allergy pills every night and I know its not good for my body. That's the only way I sleep and if I don't take something I'm up all night and I can't sleep for days.can you recommend something I can do.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community for help.

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is turned off—insomnia can be a problem with either part of this cycle: too much wake drive or too little sleep drive). It's important to first understand what could be causing your sleep difficulties.

Since you are having trouble sleeping on a regular basis, it's a good idea to review your health and think about whether any underlying medical issues or sleep disorders could be contributing to your sleep problems.

Here are simple steps that can be taken to improve sleep, such as avoiding bright lighting while winding down and trying to limit possible distractions, such as a TV, computer, or pets.

Is your bedroom a comfortable temperature? Do you need a new mattress?
Consider seeing a sleep specialist.


July 20, 2017 - 8:39am
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