How can I sleep more easily?

This question was asked in Houston, Texas on 12/06/2012.
I have a hard time falling asleep, even with prescription sleep aides. Then, when I do fall asleep, I wake up several times a night and have a hard time going back to sleep. I also wake up in a pool of sweat.

Doctors Answers (2)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 12/10/2012

Wanting to sleep "more easily" is a dream of many. Your awakenings and difficulty returning to sleep will require investigation. This should begin with a consultation with a board certified sleep specialist. A lengthy list of potential causes for your problem would raise questions which would eventually lead to an answer to your problem. Questions such as your age, gender, length of problem, sleep environment, medications, family history, any medical disorders, other symptoms such as the sweating, etc. need answers just to get started.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 12/10/2012

I would strongly recommend an evaluation by a sleep specialist. There are over 100 sleep disorders and many causes of insomnia and poor sleep.