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Disturbed and bad quality sleep

I’ve been having disturbed sleep for the past one year - waking up every 3/4 hours. Most times I wake in the morning feeling as though I had horrible sleep. I have tried methods to wind down and also drink less water at night to avoid the washroom. Some things I’ve noticed 1) if I eat a massive meal before bed time - these sleep problems are sometimes alleviated, 2) when I started taking vitamin B my sleep became much better for a month, now it has reverted back to normal. Any idea what is triggering this? Is there anything I can do?  
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Dr. Adnaan S
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Dear @Placesfaces thank you for your question! It must be difficult for your to continue your lifestyle given such disruptive sleep patterns. 

Unfortunately poor sleep can have a wide variety of causes though most cases are physiological/environmental compared to organic causes (i.e medical related illness). After eating massive meals the body does tend to become more "relaxed" or what we refer to as a "post-prandial state" which could explain why you are able to sleep better. Though this may be the case, I would not recommend having large meals and then immediately lying down/sleeping as this can potentially lead to troubling gastric related problems. If you do this, do remember to lie down after at least 1-2 hours to prevent gastric complications. 

Further, there have been multiple studies on Vitamin B itself (as a supplement) and unfortunately there isn't any conclusive data to say that it can help with insomnia. Though, low levels of vitamin B can lead to significant weakness/tiredness instead. So I can't really comment on why your sleep was better when you first started taking vitamin B. Perhaps there were other factors during this time that went unnoticed ? 

In general, it is important to rule out organic causes for poor sleep. The most common would be sleep apnea. Do you frequently wake up choking? Does your husband notice you snoring a lot and occasionally catching your breath at night? These are some questions that a doctor may ask to ascertain a potential medical cause. Other common causes include stress/anxiety/depression which can come with other unnoticed symptoms. It is also frequent in people who tend to work shifts. 

As this seems to be bothering you for a long period of time, I would recommend you consult your doctor as soon as you are able. Most medication available are merely temporizing and I would not recommend long term use for sleep unless prescribed by a psychiatrist. You could try some simple medication such as melatonin (can be bought over counter) as it has shown some benefits for sleep and has no addictive potential.  
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Hi Dr Adnaan, pardon my delayed response. Hope you are well. I had forgotten to add that I had an accident which resulted in mild TBI. Sleep maintenance issues started to increase since then. In attempts to get one restful night of sleep, I’ve taken sleeping medications and..they didn’t work. I’d still wake 4-5times through the night, unable to go back to sleep once 7/8am hits. Is there ANYTHING else at all that I could do or try? Am just really tired. 
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