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Why am I not getting enough sleep?

Q: I am 50 years old and have a habit of chewing tobacco since the past 15 years. Since 2 years I have completely stopped using tobacco. I am doing regular exercises and walking daily for half an hour. I also do yoga for 10 minutes. I am regularly drinking plenty of water, eating fruits and green vegetable and taking an antioxidant daily. Inspite of all this I am not getting enough sleep and hardly sleep for 3 to 4 hours daily. I am eating well and I am not tired. Can you please recommend the cause of lack of sleep and some treatment?

A:The chances of sleep disturbances increase with age, however, often insomnia is associated with stress, mild depression or anxiety. Best way probably is not only to take care/deal with your stress/mild depression or anxiety but also address the difficulty in sleeping. You might want to assess yourself to see if there are any specific stresses/mild depression or anxiety and see if you can address those in a healthy way. In addition, measures such as good sleep hygiene as well as trying to decrease any activating stimuli prior to bedtime may be beneficial. By those I mean having a set time to wake up, trying to relax before bed time (specifically not doing anything that will stimulate you either physically or emotionally such as reading interesting book, watching TV, etc, and using the bedroom only for sleep or intimacy may be helpful. If the behavioural measures do not help then you could consider seeing a doctor for sleep medication.


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