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What medications are effective at treating sleeplessness and a restless mind?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Sep 2018
Question: Hello doctor.. i have a 4 month old son who has bad sleep pattern at night.. he sleeps XXXXXXX of one a half hours at a time so I wake up at least 5 times at night to feed or change diaper. My sleep is affecting my daytime schedule. I am unable to sleep at once when my baby sleeps.. my mind keeps racing with thoughts and im unable to take small naps along with my baby. I have been sleepless for a long time and its affecting my overall health.. is there any way to fall asleep instantly and prevent mind feom racing ..any remedies? Im also hypothyroid
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:

You could try melatonin tablets.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

I have noted your clinical details.

Based on this is possible that the circadian rhythm (biological clock) has got affected due to frequent awakenings at night and irregular sleep pattern.

This clock is controlled by melatonin, a chemical released from pineal gland of the brain and works through hypothalamus.

You could start Melatonin tablets at a dose daily at night around 10 PM, which would regularise your biological clock.

In addition, meditation, yoga, etc may also help to reduce anxiety associated with sleep disturbance.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (20 minutes later)
Thank you doctor.. will the medication get into or affect the milk supply? My baby is breastfed exclusively.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Medicine is safe for breastfeeding.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Melatonin is safe, as it is a naturally occurring hormone in brain.

Though it is not tested in breastfeeding women, it is likely to be safe.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar, Neurologist
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What medications are effective at treating sleeplessness and a restless mind?

Brief Answer: You could try melatonin tablets. Detailed Answer: Hi, I have noted your clinical details. Based on this is possible that the circadian rhythm (biological clock) has got affected due to frequent awakenings at night and irregular sleep pattern. This clock is controlled by melatonin, a chemical released from pineal gland of the brain and works through hypothalamus. You could start Melatonin tablets at a dose daily at night around 10 PM, which would regularise your biological clock. In addition, meditation, yoga, etc may also help to reduce anxiety associated with sleep disturbance. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.