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Unable to sleep

I am a 24 year old male. For the last 2-3 months i have been unable to sleep for more than 3-4 hours a day. It's been getting worse in the last few weeks. It takes about 4-5 hours for me to get to sleep. Even when I am able to go to sleep I wake up with even the slightest of sounds like footsteps in another room or the sound of someone talking. I have started to have constant headaches now and I feel tired throughout the day. What should I do?
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replied September 21st, 2009
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Sorry to read about your sleep problems.

I've been having serious sleep difficulties for the past few years. Next to sleep problems I had headaches at night/morning, loss of energy, pain in joints, memory loss etc. It all started in a small way but became worse over the years, to the point where the pain was almost unbearable and sleeping close to impossible. I saw countless doctors, neurologists etc., but none of them could help me.

It turned out I have a neck problem (even though I never felt any pain in my neck). It took me forever to find the reason for this all, but some small joint in my upper neck was dislocated, causing me all these problems at night (and also during day time). A so called NUCCA-practitioner (like a specialised chiropractor) quickly and painlessly helped me out, I can really recommend it.

If you are interested just Google/Youtube the word NUCCA and you'll find a lot of information. Maybe it puts on you on a medical track that can be hard to find, but very rewarding. Hope this helps you, best of luck!
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replied December 17th, 2009
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this is scary. does it bother you? perhaps in the future it will. these things can get to you. things like this have happened to me, i would say slightly, but really they are quite big. my behind being slapped in bed. the bed shaking. really i believe they are ghosts. but what is significant is that if you have other problems then you will not find these problems even the least bit horrible.
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replied January 6th, 2010
There are lots of methods to help you fall asleep at night including taking a warm bath, having a massage or drinking some warm milk. Chill out music can also prove very useful.

Cutting down on caffeine intake be it energy drinks or coffee will also be very helpful in trying to get to sleep. Also avoiding doing mentally stimulating activities shortly before going to bed as they will not be productive to helping your body and mind relax and shut down.

Avoid doing these activities in the bedroom as well because that can cause you to link the bedroom to a place other than sleep. If you can't sleep the best thing to do is find the reason why you can't sleep and then target that. For most the reason will be stress and there are several things you can do to easily reduce your stress levels.
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