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Why am I unable to sleep at night and should I take a sleep study at AIIMS to decipher my problem ?

I have sleep disorder and I am unable to have sleep whole night and keep on tossing in the bed even though I have a fixed time and proper bed.With the result some thoughts start ceeping in even though I try to relax myself by being part of a group of senior citizens and watching family serials onTV,etc.,before going to bed. For your Information, I am of 69 years age and retired from service but I Keep my self busy whole day. I feel, I should get the sleep study done at AIIMS.Please give your valuable opinion. Thanking You. C.L.Kukreja
Asked On : Sat, 9 Jul 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
you can try tranquiliser under supervision of doctor.
sleep study willnot be helpful inyou case.
Answered: Sat, 9 Jul 2011
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Psychiatrist Dr. Keerthish Shetty's  Response
It is common for a person of your age to get less sleep. But, in your case, you have also mentioned that some thoughts creep in all the time while trying to sleep. Are you worrying about something? Have you consulted a psychiatrist to be evaluated for possible anxiety disorder which is very common at this age?

Taking only alprazolam does not help. In fact, it is wrongly used as a sleeping pill. Alprazolam is an anti anxiety medication which also induces sleep due to its calming effect. Nowadays, many better sedatives are available and they do not cause dependence as in case of alprazolam.

Seeing serials just before sleep hours is never advisable as it can adversely effect your sleep. Do not use your bed for other activities like reading books or watching tv. Avoid tea/coffee or exercise before sleep. A warm shower will help.
Answered: Thu, 14 Jul 2011
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DR.Keerthish shetty,
I am thankfull for your answer to my sleep disorder problem.I shall definitely try hot water bath before going to bed. For your information, I want to elaboratae a few things here .I am not a worrying type and I forget things iimmmeditely after.As far as seeing serials for relaxation before going to bed is not adviseable and on suggestion of one sleep disorder specialist I started doing relaxation exercises for 10-15 minutes after seeing the serials and before going to bed and Itried this for 10-15 days but of no use and I stoped it.
With above in view,Ithought of getting the Sleep study done at AIIMS,for which I need your valuable advice, if the same will help me in getting some sleep as it will help the doctor in finding the exact cause of my sleep disorder.
With regards,
Answered: Fri, 15 Jul 2011
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thank you for the inquiry.

Sleep apnia has to be studied in a hospital.

I think your stress level is also very high

in you case, ayurveda with be effective. there are good therapies like sirodhara,thalapothichil, pichu etc

i recommend you to see an ayurveda physician at the earliest

where are you located?

if you need my assistant, pls contac

dr.devidas vellodi cochin
Answered: Wed, 21 Mar 2012
Neurologist Dr. Suresh Kumar's  Response

Going through your symptoms ,it appears that you suffer from insomnia.I would like to have a look at the polysomnography report which was done at AIIMS.You benefit by some drug therapy under presciption by a sleep specalist as well cognitive behavioural therapy( given by qulaified pyschologist).
this will help entrain your sleep rhythm better.
Answered: Sat, 5 May 2012
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