Sleep Medicine Specialist Questions Sleep Deprivation


I have tried several prescriptions and everything I try including over the counter make me feel like I haven't slept and hungover. I am 78 and it is taking its toll on me. I have no energy at all.

Male | 78 years old

2 Answers

A sleep expert has to find out why you can't sleep and treat that instead of just using a sleep aid. If a sleep aid is needed, we need to know what the underlying sleep issue is so the appropriate sleep aid is prescribed.

The best way to improve the quality of night sleep and avoid a feeling of hangover it to take daily exercise which increases your heart rate for at least 30 min, but not in the evening when it can disrupt sleep. All medication or herbal therapy which help getting to sleep can produce hangover effects. I am 81 years old and have been active in sleep medicine since 1962 and my recommendation is based upon personal experience and on patient care.

Good luck,
Roger Broughton MD, PhD, FRCPC,