I am a 24 year old male with no significant past medical history. A little over a year ago I moved into a house that was very close to the highway. While living there I had a lot of trouble falling asleep due to the noise. At my old house I would fall asleep and then awake sometimes due to the noise this happened for about a 1 year like I said. Now its been 3 months since I moved out. I live in a quiet area. Now when I fall asleep I fall asleep within about 30 minutes and wake up in about 3-4 hours. Then I fall asleep again and wake up about 1 hour to 2 hours. Then I wake every 30 minutes to an hour. This is has been occurring without fail every night no matter what time I go to bed. I am losing my mind. I had a sleep study done which showed that I have less stage 2 and stage 3 sleep and fall faster in stage 4 sleep. I have never had a serious sleep issue like this before in my life. The doctor prescribed me Zolpidem. I took it a few times and hated the side effects. The doctor then told me I should see a psychologist for stress related issues. This makes no sense to me since the only stress I have is from not sleeping well since I have moved out and have no more noise. I sought out a second opinion and this current doctor has asked me to take melatonin and valerian each night and to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time everyday. I agree with this current doctors recommendations but does anyone else have any other suggestions?? It has only been a week since I have been trying this new routine and no changes yet. I go to bed around 10:30 pm and wake up around 9 am but in reality i am asleep by 11-11:15 and then awake around 2-3 am then again awake at 4-5 am then again awake at 7-8 am then if I am lucky get another hour until 9 am.
10:30 PM to 9 AM is 10.5 hours, more than you likely need. Try getting up earlier or going to bed later. Most of us are lucky if we can get 8 hours sleep... here I mean 8 hours in bed and hope we are asleep.
I am an old guy, so waking up in the night a couple of times is normal, still when I had a sleep study because of possible obstructive sleep apnea problems (which I had) the sleep doctor said my REM sleep (I don't recall any focus on the different stages) was about normal percent wise.. and I am no tired during the day.
Also, make sure you stay awake and active during the awake 16 hours of each day. If you have a "desk" job and don't have off-hour physical activity you may just not be tired.
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