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Suffering from loss of sleep. Can I take medication?

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HI SIR
I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SLEEPING I NEED TO SLEEP WELL BUT I CANT SLEEP DUE TO HEAVY TENSIONS
I NEED SOME MEDICINE WHICH CAN GET ME UNCONCIOUS FROM REST OF THE WORLD ATLEAST FOR 3-4 HOURS.
PLEASE HELP ME.
Posted Sat, 8 Jun 2013 in Sleep Disorders
 
 
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 26 minutes later
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your efforts for medical consultation in so much distress.

Important aspects of your query are:
•     24 year old female
•     With No History of any medical problem in past
•     Complaints of: tension and lack of sleep

Common causes of insomnia in your case may be:
-Anxiety, Tension and Depression
-Poor sleep hygiene

As you mentioned that you have excessive tension in life, which is very common reason for insomnia. In such cases stress management sessions by psychologist and relaxation exercise in form of yoga, breathing exercise and aerobic exercise will be helpful.

As you have excessive sleep difficulty currently than short duration treatment with benzodiezepines (like alprazolam) will be helpful, which you can after prescription from nearby physician. Same time there is need to rule out anxiety and depression in your case after assessment by psychiatrist.

Irrespective of cause, below principles of sleep hygiene which will help you in long term:
•     Fix a bedtime and an awakening time. Do not be one of those people who allows bedtime and awakening time to drift. The body "gets used" to falling asleep at a certain time, but only if this is relatively fixed. Even if you are retired or not working, this is an essential component of good sleeping habits.
•     Avoid napping during the day
•     Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime. This includes caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and many sodas, as well as chocolate, so be careful.
•     Avoid heavy, spicy, or sugary foods 4-6 hours before bedtime
•     Exercise regularly, but not right before bed. Regular exercise, particularly in the afternoon, can help deepen sleep.
•     Use comfortable bedding.
•     Find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated.
•     Block out all distracting noise, and eliminate as much light as possible.
•     Reserve the bed for sleep. Don't use the bed as an office, workroom or recreation room. Let your body "know" that the bed is associated with sleeping.
•     Practice relaxation techniques before bed. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing and others may help relieve anxiety and reduce muscle tension.
•     Don't take your worries to bed. Leave your worries about job, school, daily life, etc., behind when you go to bed. Some people find it useful to assign a "worry period" during the evening or late afternoon to deal with these issues.
•     Establish a pre-sleep ritual. Pre-sleep rituals, such as a warm bath or a few minutes of reading, can help you sleep.
•     Getting Up in the Middle of the Night :Most people wake up one or two times a night for various reasons. If you find that you get up in the middle of night and cannot get back to sleep within 15-20 minutes, then do not remain in the bed "trying hard" to sleep. Get out of bed. Leave the bedroom. Read, have a light snack, do some quiet activity, or take a bath. You will generally find that you can get back to sleep 20 minutes or so later. Do not perform challenging or engaging activity such as office work, housework, etc. Do not watch television.
•     A Word About Television: Many people fall asleep with the television on in their room. Watching television before bedtime is often a bad idea. Television is a very engaging medium that tends to keep people up.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you. In case of any doubt, I will be available for follow ups.

Wish you good health.
Regards,
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Follow-up: Suffering from loss of sleep. Can I take medication? 24 minutes later
THANKS FOR THE VALUABLE ANSWER FOR WHICH EXPERT I SHOULD GO REGARDING THIS PROBLEM?
OR REALLY IS THERE ANY MEDICINE WHICH CAN MAKE MY LIFE EASY OR RELAX
AGAIN?
PLEASE HELP ME OUT FOR THIS.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Ashish Mittal 4 minutes later
Hello again,
Thanks for follow up.

Considering tension as the cause for your insomnia, it is better to visit psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment.

Medicine depend nature of the problem. For benefit follow above steps and for short duration benzodiezepines (like alprazolam) will be helpful, which you can after prescription from nearby physician.

Please accept my answer in case there are no further queries and recommend our services to your friends too if you have found it helpful.

Wish you good health.
Regards.

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