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14 Apr 2003

Continuous tiredness
Sleeping was a problem, but got sleeping tablets from GP. I now get at least 7 hours sleep, but I still feel terribly tired for the rest of the day, just dragging myself through work. Work is very stressful and very demanding. When I get home I relax with the family, have a glass of red wine and my meal and get to bed relatively early. Weekends I do a great deal of sleeping - BUT - I just cannot get rid of this terrible feeling of tiredness during the day - in fact when I get home, the only thing I think about is going to bed and sleeping (sleeping pill and all) if I do not take the sleeping pill, I would wake up at 3.00am, or there abouts, and think and worry about work related problems. What am I doing wrong, or what should I do the rectify the problem?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Geoff

There are a couple of things that may contribute to your problem. The first appears to be the stress that you are experiencing. There are many simple, practical ways to reduce stress. It may be worth your while seeing a therapist who could teach you stress management techniques. Alternatively, you could consult one of the many excellent books on the subject. We have also written a few articles on stress management which may be of benefit to you. You could access them via our search facility.

Secondly, you might suffer from depression. A number of your symptoms point towards this. If there is underlying depression, you need to deal with this promptly. Visit the Depression Centre on Heath24 for more info.

Thirdly, you need to consider whether you are taking the correct sleeping tablet. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and consider changing to a sleeping tablet which has a more short-term effect than the one you are on at the moment. Taking sleeping tablets on a long-term basis is not a good idea.

Fourthly, consider whether you are exercising enough. Exercise is not only a great way to relieve stress, it also has many positive effects on the quality of sleep. Consult our Fitness section for a range of fitness programmes you could embark on.


Dr D
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