Inability To Sleep

The inability to sleep at night is called insomnia. Some of the conditions that can cause insomnia are depression, stress, chronic pain, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, heartburn, menopause, and restless leg syndrome. Usually, sleep hygiene and lifestyle changes are the first treatment option for insomnia.

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What is the reason for my 1.4-year-old son's difficulty in falling asleep and crying at night?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 1.4 years old, and he is a healthy boy. Every night he feels very sleepy and yawns a lot, but when we try to put him in bed, he refuses and cries a lot. He is still on his mother's feed and eats solids as well. Sometimes, at midnight he cries a lot. We consulted a nearby pediat...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please have a check on the following: 1. Screen time (not more than two hours) at this age. 2. You should spend more time with the child and play with him for at least two to three hours a day. 3. Try to keep the child with you for sleeping and see if there...  Read Full »

My 5 years old daughter is not sleeping alone. Is this something I should be worried about?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 5 years old, and she would not sleep by herself. She talks about it all day, like I do not want to sleep, and I do not want to sleep by myself. This is the first thing she tells me when I pick her up from school. At night she falls asleep with no issues, but she wakes up...  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You need to be practical in dealing with this. You should not scold her, and after putting her to sleep, you need to close your room. After your bedtime routine is done, you may go back to her room and sleep with her. Whenever you need, you can get up and go back to you...  Read Full »

I have pain and tickling sensation at the bottom of my feet with improper sleep. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in the bottom of my feet. It feels stuck and tickling. I am not able to have a proper sleep and feel sleepless.  Read Full »

Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Everything is normal except your blood sugar levels, and also you have a mild urinary infection. That is a good sign. But your sugar levels are very high, and you should control that wi...  Read Full »

Is the lack of sleep for years being in a navy submarine the reason for my sleep disorder?

Query: Hello doctor, I worked in the navy submarine for four years, and I did not get any proper sleep for years. I have had two sleep studies and MLST. The first study shows N3 as 3.1%, and the second study shows N3 as 1.8%. MLST results were 6.7 minutes of sleep latency and 1 REM cycle. I am taking an...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Bentrez-cabanilla

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Thank you for the query. Kindly answer the following; 1) Do you drink alcohol, caffeine, or other drugs? 2) Is there any pain or discomfort? 3) Do you take daytime naps? 4) Can you stop Modafinil for now? 5) Do you feel depressed? Thanks.  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take Zolfresh to get proper sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I traveled to a new country for a short business trip of 3 to 4 weeks. Today is my fifth day, and I am having problems to sleep at night from these past five days. As a precaution, I carried Melatonin and Zolfresh with me. Can I take 10 mg Zolfresh to get proper sleep? I took Melatonin l...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Zolfresh (Zolpidem) is used for initiating and maintaining sleep. It should help you in resetting your sleep cycle. It is to be taken immediately before going to bed. Do not watch TV, mobiles, or interact after taking it. You can read a book if you want. You should fa...  Read Full »

I cannot move my body when I get up in the morning. How to treat sleep paralysis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male, who weighs 70 kg and I am 5.6 feet tall. I am having a lot of problems while waking up in the morning. I cannot move my body when I get up in the morning. It happens when I have a disturbed sleep. One of my friend, who is not a physician and a patient of sleep ...  Read Full »

Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. Your condition is not "paralysis." It is likely to be a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis. First and foremost, maintain a natural circadian rhythm. This means that you...  Read Full »

My grandmother got a minor heart attack due to heart blocks. Will medicines help?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an 80 year old grandmother. She had unbearable chest pain two weeks back, due to which she was admitted to the hospital. After checking the ECG report, the doctor said that she suffered a minor heart attack. He said that my grandmother has a blockage in the heart. She does n...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your grandmother's test result (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see some changes, which confirms that she suffered a heart attack. Suffering a heart attack is not something anyone recovers from immediately, it will certa...  Read Full »

I suffer from sleep disorder and how to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a sleep disorder. Even taking pills does not help me. I have diabetes and high blood pressure. Due to sleep disorder, I remain upset during my working days and it increases my blood pressure and sugar. I am taking Insulin Novomix 50, Anvol 5 mg, Telmisartan, and Rivotril 2 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are certain things to be followed to have good sleep. You need to maintain sleep hygiene. Once you start doing it, your sleep will get improved soon. Keep your bedroom calm, quiet, and dark. Maintain regular hours of sleeping and wake up. Use your bed only for sle...  Read Full »

What are the home remedies for insomnia?

Query: Hi doctor, I cannot fall asleep or get sound sleep due to my activities during the day. I am into fitness. I should be able to sleep well as my body needs recovery, but sadly it is not happening. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Balamurugan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In general, sleep hygiene consists of providing a comfortable, quiet environment, avoiding light or sound. Once this routine is repeated every night, it becomes a habit to sleep at that particular time. Moreover, plan dinner time at least two ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use medicine for sleep disorder for a long time?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is suffering from sleeplessness for two years. She started to suffer from this issue after seeing some problems that occurred in my uncle's marriage. She is unable to sleep at night as well as in the morning. She took Ativan 1 mg. Even after taking it, she is unable to s...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajay Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your grandmother is suffering from a stress disorder. It causes disturbed sleep. You can consult your psychiatrist to increase her dose of Prodep (Fluoxetine) and Sulpitac (Amisulpride) to reduce stress on her mind. It helps to have good sleep. If you take it again ...  Read Full »

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