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Unable to sleep well. Taking sleeping tablets with doctors consultation. Suggestions?

i am 21 year old male ............ once i used sleeping tablets for one month with doctors consultation later iam unable to sleep well. it happened before one year but still now iam suffering with same problem . can i get out of that problem with medecine ..please suggest me a proper drug with less adiction and side effects
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you are going through a difficult time due to your inability to sleep properly. Now, difficulty in sleeping (known as "insomnia" ) can be due to a variety of causes. Some of the problems causing insomnia are:
- Stress
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Poor sleep habits
- Other medical problems, chronic pain, etc.

Now, the first step in managing insomnia is a detailed assessment to establish the probable cause. It is not wise to just take sleeping tablets without making a proper assessment and identifying a cause. So, I would advise you to see a psychiatrist for a detailed assessment and further management.

Following strict sleep hygiene techniques like fixing specific timings for going to sleep and waking up, avoiding coffee, tea, caffeinated drinks or alcohol, doing regular physical exercise and practicing relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation can all hep in improving sleep.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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