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I'm having trouble sleeping. It all started around 2013 or 2014 til this day. I don't remember the last time I woke up. Was yesterday since its 5am at the moment. Now I hate when my parents blame my COMPUTER to keeping me up. No just because I'm on my computer doesn't mean shit. I'm on it because I can't sleep and it annoying the fuck out of me. I'm on it when I can't sleep. I've tried all the tactics..trying to lay down.. I been laying down in that bed since 3am and I can't just sleep. Yesterday I was really tired but no matter what I can't sleep. It takes about 7 8 or 9 hours to rest my eyes. About yesterday or the day before I fell asleep around 9 pm I was shock when this happened..i thought i was going to get my sleeping pattern back..when i woke up i looked at the time..11pm..2 hours really..Next day went to bed at 11pm woke up at 2am..when i woke up first thing i did was went upstairs to go on my computer because thats all i can do at 2am in the morning and also to include when i did woke up i lay there for a few hoping i would doze back off but I didn't. Continuing on, went on my laptop then got a bit tired I told myself "fuck that you get tired and no matter how long it takes you cant shut eye til morning " I'm just so used to it that I know that my bedtime is all over the place. There's times when I have to take a benedyrl or a tyelenol to fall asleep. It would put me to sleep for the rest of the night and I woke up around 8. But I'm tired of hearing the therapist say to me , "Oh i think you should drink tea this and that make a plan this and that blah blah blah" It's like they don't understand. I try to lay down and nothing seems to work .I'm 15 years old.

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Hi, Tina,

Most of us would advise that screen time before bed, any electronic device, is activating and is usually counter-productive to a good sleep.  I would suggest you discuss this with your doctor at a good physical and suggest that an evaluation by a sleep specialist might be in order. They assess what we call "sleep hygiene" the things you do that may enhance or inhibit sleep.

Good luck, Dr. Olson  

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