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seems like i can't switch off my brain when i try to sleep

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I am a 41 yr old male, with sleeping problems since 2006 after a shoulder dislocation, been on Ambien on and off for years and sometimes I used Nyquil when i didn't need the ambien..I have tried exercise but it seems nothing works, i have switched jobs for less stress but sometimes at night i go to sleep w/o help but i wake up 2 hours later and cant get back to sleep, my body is tired and i am yawning at the time, i have switched to a memory foam bed and all it has done is improve my lower back problems so i know its not the bed..My mind does tend to wander when i wake up at night making it harder to fall back asleep, i have removed a lot of stress from my life with a new job last year, no major money problems, it just seems like i can't switch off my brain when i try to sleep and let me body relax, it could be anything from a song stuck in my head or what i'm going to do about some things around the house, i just can't get to sleep!! Even when i do get to sleep i wake up 3-4 times


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replied June 4th, 2012
Sleep Disorders Answer A35708
Welcome to e health forum.

From the description of your history, it is possible that you may be having a sleep disorder. Some possible conditions include sleep apnea or delayed sleep phase disorder.

For accurate diagnosis of the underlying condition, you may benefit by a sleep study. In this study a sleep specialist will observe your sleep patterns, brain waves, heart rate, rapid eye movements and more using monitoring devices attached to your body. The analysis of the results will help to determine the treatment necessary for you.

Hence you may consult with your doctor who can provide you with proper information and refer you to a sleep specialist.


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