• Need help sleeping

    Asked by KiVier2011 on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Need help sleeping

    My son,now 18 and >1 year out from end of radiation, is having a hard time sleeping and is really feeling run down. He eats extremely well, (and I mean a lot of fruits and veggies!) and gets plenty of exercise. I'm hoping this is partly just his age, as he will sleep up to 15 hours if left alone! He tends to go to bed early, his room is very dark, and no electronics in his room (his choice) to distract him.

    I would appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions or ideas as to how we can help him? His next doctor's appointment is the middle of July, should I email his doctors and let them know what is going on? Thank you for your help!

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • 2waytraffic's Avatar

      I have found that MELENTONIN [spelling?] is a non addictive sleep aid and comes in differant milgrams , this aid can be found at your local drug store in or near the vitamins. hope this helps

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have no problem going to sleep, but I do have trouble staying asleep. I started taking a generic sleep aid that has benadryl in it. It works for me, I no longer wake up every hour of the night.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I take 20 Milligrams of Melatonin and L-Tyrosine 500 mg. both are considered vitamins. I buy the melatonin at Wallmart. and the L-T at GNC.

      Melatonin is in a clinical trial to fight LC at 20 mg so I think is a good addition to my arsenal. I have also purchased sleep cd's that I will listen to at night sometimes..found at resale shops for a buck and they are good. Also read that you must be away from all electronics for at least an hour before bed.
      Teenagers need a great deal more sleep than adults or children so this is very common.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Have him try meditation and/or listening to calming music before he goes to sleep. Yes let his doctors know what is going on they may have some useful suggestions.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      You might ask his doctor for a prescription for temazepam ( Restoril), a normal dose is 30mg at bedtime but there is a lesser dose of 15mg. This drug is in the benzodiazepine class like Xanax or Ativan and only used for insomnia. It is very effective. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • LuckyDogs' Avatar

      I take a controlled release Ambien to sleep soundly and for an extended period at the direction of my Neurologist. Without this I do not sleep much at all. There are long term side effects, but I weigh those in consideration with not sleeping.

      over 3 years ago

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