You are probably suffering from some type of sleep disorder, probably insomnia. There can be several underlying medical, neurologic, psychiatric or drug-related causes for this.
You should follow proper sleep hygiene like avoid going to bed unless you are sleepy , a warm bath each night before bed, stop worrying , avoid caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, avoid reading or watching TV just before going to bed , follow a regular schedule. Your bedroom should be a quiet, dark, and cool for your comfort.
Try this for some time. If you see no improvement, you should consult a sleep specialist with a sleep diary which will help the doctor see your sleeping patterns.
Your doctor may advise a polysomnogram (an overnight sleep study) or prescribe some medication to treat insomnia (hypnotics).
Your doctor may also advise you some Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which might improve your sleep. The different approaches used are stimulus control, sleep restriction, relaxation therapy, psychotherapy and maintaining sleep hygiene.
Sleep therapy along with sleep hygiene in due course of time helps the patient get proper night sleep.
Dr Simta, Thank You for your reply. I have been on amitriptiline for sleep, but I have been trying to ween off, too much weight gain from it.It is causing more problems than it's helping. Is there anything out there that doesn't cause weight gain for sleep and not addictive. I can't take SSRI's as they change my personality. I don't smoke or drink alcohol. I drink water and diet tea. I'm going through hotflashes which isn't helping my sleep problem. I can't take hormone pills they don't agree with me plus I have allot of cancer in my family.
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