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Have to Have a Sleeping Machine to Sleep?????

I have a sleeping problem that I have had for years. It started when I began taking diet pills. I would need the aid of sleeping medication to make me sleep. This is ten years later and I still need over the counter pills to make me sleep. I also have to hear a noise while I sleep. I beleive this stemmed from living on railroad tracks and not being able to sleep through the horns. I would have my fan on the drown out the noise of the hrons. It will usually be a fan or I found a sound I like on the sound machine. If I forget to turn it on, I will not sleep. Also if I forget to take my pills I will not sleep. If I go on vacation or sleep at someone's house I never sleep, because usually they do not have a fan. Can anyone help me with this problem. It is actually ruining my relationship with a new boyfriend because I can't sleep at all in his bed. Any suggestions, I would apprecaite it. I hope there is a cure out there.
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replied February 4th, 2005
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I have a far less difficult time with sleep, but it is difficult at times. I also have that problem when traveling I rarely sleep. I have found that sometimes tylenol pm or melatonin can help.

Sounds like you need a docs help. Using the sleep aides too long can make sleep even harder. A doc could help or switch meds to a better one...
My daughter has to have a fan too, we bought her a small one that folds and she can take it with her when we travel....It was not expensive at walmart,

take care! Hope you can get to sleep better!
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replied February 28th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
You have to observe sleep hygiene anywhere
in order to have sound sleep.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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