I am not able to sleep properly at night even after taking medication. Please advise.

Q. Why do I have sleep issues even after taking medication?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 04, 2023 and last reviewed on: Apr 17, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am not able to have a good sleep. I have also been suggested to take tablet Ativan 2 mg by a doctor. However, it is not working now.

Please advise.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation but you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with your sleep.

  • You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk.
  • You should do meditation for 20 minutes daily, just sit in one place in a comfortable position and try to concentrate on your normal breathing, do not stop or force yourself to stop your thoughts, just let it be.
  • You should eat healthy home-cooked foods, and avoid junk foods.
  • You must drink enough water.
  • You should spend quality time with friends and family daily or do video calls if you are leaving away from your family.
  • You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, and learning new skills or language or musical instruments.
  • You should get enough seven to eight hours of sleep daily.
  • You need to fix your time for sleep, which means you must fix the time to sleep and awake.
  • You must not do any other activities in bed.
  • You must not just lie down on the bed without any reason, the bed is just meant for sleep.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes for sleep.
  • Take light food at night or dinner at least three hours before sleep.
  • You can take a maximum of 20 minutes of nap a day.
  • Do not use a mobile, television, or laptop for at least half an hour before sleep.
  • Try to maintain an adequate temperature in your room, which means not so cold not so hot.
  • Have a proper bed and pillow.
  • Make sure there is no noise or disturbance at night.
  • You can drink warm milk with turmeric before sleep.
  • You must avoid tobacco or alcohol or any substance abuse.
  • Live your life, do not just spend it.
  • Be bold and confident.
  • You can take a tablet of Alprazolam 0.25 mg for sleep. It acts fast.

I hope that you get your answer.

Please, let me know if you want some help.

Thank you.

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