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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I have sleep issues during menstruation. Are there any medications to improve sleep during period?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, and I have no other illness. However, I always have sleep issues during my menstrual cycle. Why do I experience sleep problems during my periods? Are there any best sleeping positions during menstruation? Also, I would like to know about a few medications I can take to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Usha Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to PMS (premenstrual syndrome) often causes sleeping problems. Women with PMS are at least twice likely to experience insomnia before and during their period. There are no tablets to help you sleep, and I would not suggest taking them. A good night's sleep is just as impor...  Read Full »

My mom has sleep disturbances and wakes up in the middle of the night. How can I help her?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom finds it hard to sleep at night. She wakes up in the middle of the night and keeps walking around. And I have seen her many times doing so. What should I do to improve her condition as she is not ready to come to the hospital? I am worried. Please help me.   Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your mom may have sleep disturbance or stress, or psychosis. So, I would suggest taking the tablet Clonazepam (benzodiazepine) 0.25 mg at night to help her sleep. Can you please tell me the reason for her sleep disturb...  Read Full »

My grandmother has had Alzheimer's disease for the past 10 years. How to manage her symptoms?

Query: Hi, My grandmother has had Alzheimer's disease for the last ten years, which is getting worse. She neither sleeps at night nor does she let anyone else sleep at night. How to handle her? Everyone in the family is finding it hard to handle her. Because of which our other works are also getting affect...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please answer a few questions so I can understand the situation better- 1. Is the diagnosis established for your grandmother? 2. Did she have an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain? Since there can be mimickers o...  Read Full »

I have sleep disturbances, and I wake up every night without any reason. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a sleeping problem every night. I wake up without any reason. I cannot sleep. I would try to do anything to sleep, like moving on the balcony and taking deep breaths.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would give a few suggestions, Get up early in the morning at about 4 or 5 AM daily. Take a mid-day nap after lunch at around 1 or 2 PM. Do not take coffee, caffeinated beverages, or tea three hours before sleep. Go to bed daily at the same time, around 9 PM. Manage ...  Read Full »

My husband has sleep issues despite treatment. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My husband has had sleep issues for the past three months. We consulted a doctor the last month, and he recommended the tablet Lonazep 0.5 mg, but it has been a month since he started taking the medication. However, his condition has not improved, and he still has sleepless nights. I fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your situation. Your husband might have a major depressive disorder or underlying stress. There is non-pharmacological management for it. I suggest you try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. He should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minute...  Read Full »

Why is my mother not able to sleep even after taking medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is almost 50 years old. She is a patient with high blood pressure and cholesterol; sometimes, she gets fluids in her feet. In addition, she is taking medicines for related issues. Almost six years back, due to some issues, she got into depression and was unable to sleep for m...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. I suggest you give your mother a tablet of Alprazolam 0.25 mg for sleep disturbance. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them and take the medicines with their consent. It will help...  Read Full »

My 15-year-old daughter finds it challenging to sleep at night. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 15 years old, and she finds it challenging to sleep at night. However, she is active the whole day, even if she sleeps or not. I am worried about her health, and I want to know if there are ways to help her with better sleep quality. Even though she is active, I can see...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A sound sleep or rest is mandatory for the body to recover and rejuvenate. Therefore, I suggest the following: 1. Make sure she is well hydrated. 2. Keep her away from excessive screen time (it can hinder the sleep cycle). 3. Avoid giving her junk food. 4. Give a...  Read Full »

Can I take Benadryl 25 mg for my sleeplessness?

Query: Hi doctor. I have been sleeping very late for about eight months. I have been busy doing house chores at night; I also watch TV. So I have problems going to sleep. Can I get heart problems? I worry about that a lot, and I hope I will not get heart problems. Can I take a Benadryl 25 mg? I took one f...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and am sorry for such discomfort. Inadequate sleep and untimely pattern of sleep has health consequences on our various body systems when done chronically. Sleep powers the mind, restores the body and fortifies virtually every system in the body. Sl...  Read Full »

Will diabetes cause difficulty in breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, This is for my dad, and we found out that he has diabetes. He became very worried which made him difficult to breathe, and cannot get enough sleep and rest at night. He had a stomachache and he used to skip meals, and drink coffee and soft drinks. After a blood test, we found that he has ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aleph

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Perhaps your father has misperceptions about the disease and that is causing his anxieties and worries. It is unfortunate he developed but it does not mean it is the end for him. As long as he takes his medications, does his routine laboratory workups and checks with...  Read Full »

I am developing withdrawal symptoms of Paroxetine. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old male, and I am a doctor. From the past year, I have been suffering from delayed onset sleep disorder, I sleep at 4 AM and wake up after noon. I saw a psychiatrist, and he put me on Melatonin, Modafinil, and Zolfresh. But I am still unable to sleep at the desired time, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Awadhesh P. Singh Solanki

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for this query. I can understand your concern regarding your delayed onset insomnia. Sleep is very important for a good mental health. Sleep disturbances can cause depression and vice versa I have read your history carefully. You are suffering fr...  Read Full »

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