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Andy asked...

My wife is suffering from disturbed sleep most nights, I think it could be stress related as we have had some 'big stuff' happen in the last few months.

We are in an ongoing court battle for custody of my children, her sister had a heart attack about a month ago, her niece had a baby about a month ago and we stopped smoking about a month ago.

These are the factors I think are making her nights so disturbed, she goes to bed absolutely shattered but then cannot sleep for ages and then when she finally does drop off she wakes up regularly. Can you recommend anything to help settle her mind and help her get back to her sleep?

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Sorry to hear that you and your wife are going through a difficult time.

In addition to all the emotional stressors that you describe, giving up smoking can have some unwanted withdrawal symptoms like sleeping difficulties and anxiety. I would suggest a consultation with your GP so he/she can assess your wife and advise on the suitability of counselling and/or medications to assist with sleep.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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