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1722885 tn?1309474656

Can't Sleep

I was away in college for a year in Connecticut & I've been back for over 2 months now on summer vacation, see the problem is that I can't sleep I stay up evey night until 5/6 AM then I''d sleep until 1/2 PM in the day , I can't sleep at night & I don't know why & even thought I make up for the time lost I'm always tired during the day  but not at night. What should I don't? Why can't I sleep?
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331422 tn?1309926649
Hi, I know what it means to be plagued by insomnia. I have chronic problems and all different forms of it ... from not falling asleep, to waking up and not being able to go back to sleep for hours, to waking up too early after only 6 hours of sleep.

In other posts, I noticed, that You mentioned never having had a period (called "primary amenorrhea" in medical terms.

Both these body functions - sleep and menses - are regulated by a small gland in your brain called the hypothalamus. It is possible that You may have some type of hypothalamic dysfunction.In addition the insomnia might have been triggered by stress. Another possibility that I could think of is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome PCOS (cysts in the ovaries cause them to dysfunction and dysrupt hormonal balance).

Whatever the case I think You would benefit from seeing preferably an endocrinologist or at least a gynocologist and mention both the insomnia and lack of menses to have a hormone panel done.

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Katherine7

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Hello,

You could be having an entity called delayed phase syndrome, where in the biological clock is reset and occurs late. It is a circadian rhythm disorder. There is a circadian rhythm for all living organisms. It is a 24 hour cycle rhythm and the biological clock within that individual adapts to this rhythm. This can be reset by bright light therapy, sleeping pills and sometimes by sleep debt. In sleep debt, though you happen to sleep late, you condition yourself to get up early; this in turn will help you to sleep early the next day. So, try this, but if your symptoms still persist, I would advise you to discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician who may then refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation. Warm regards.
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