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Occasional Episodes of Insomnia / Difficulty Staying Asleep

For the most part, I have no major issues with sleep. However, on any occasion where I have something critical / important to do the next day, I often find that I struggle to sleep. There are occasions where I simply do not sleep at all or just manage 1-3 hours. If I wake up during the night then it's almost impossible for me to get back to sleep. This is clearly psychological but try as I may to be calm, as I watch the minutes / hours roll by, I get more and more worked up.

The same thing can also happen to me on holiday. On a recent cruise, one night before a port day, I couldn't get to sleep and was up all night. The following 3 nights thereafter I only managed between 1-4 hours and was frequently waking up.

I am wondering what do to and if anybody has any suggestions? I am going to speak to my doctor to see if they can prescribe something for me to use in the case of recurring nights without sleep. I have tried the OTC medication and it has very little effect.

Thanks in advance.

  1. Hi . It's frustrating when you can't sleep on the nights when sleep is most important. I am glad you plan to talk to your doctor. There are medications that can help in the short-term. For a longer term solution, you might want to consider cognitive behavioral therapy - insomnia (CBT-I). The success rates are really high and the therapy can help you address the stress that is triggering your epidodes. Here is an article about it that might interest you: https://insomnia.sleep-disorders.net/cbt. You mentioned that you have tried over-the-counter medications. Have you also tried melatonin? If not, that might be worth asking your doctor about as well. One benefit of melatonin is that you can take it in the middle of the night when you are having trouble falling back to sleep without worrying about being groggy in the morning. Melatonin helps you fall asleep, but it doesn't keep you asleep. I hope this helps. Best wishes. - Lori (Team Member)

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