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Hard to sleep (not nightmares)

Hello, I've found it hard to sleep for a month now.
It's nothing to do with fear/nightmares.
I just can't get to sleep no matter how hard I try, I've asked my mam for Sleeping pills... But she's saying I don't need them.
I'm not sure what's wrong with me, but When I go to bed at 10pm I'm just lying there with my eyes closed untill AM. It's like a miracle when I can acctually sleep... but I don't get any really...
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Hi there

Thanks for your message. I can hear that not being able to sleep is really worrying you. Sleep is really important for us. Not getting enough can affect our mood and concentration - so you've done the right thing to ask for some help.

Sometimes when there are big events in our life, like stress or exams, it can make it harder to get to sleep. It could be helpful for you to think about what might have changed recently to cause you to have trouble falling asleep.

Occasionally sleep problems can be caused by medical problems, or can become serious enough to need extra help. If you find that your sleep problems are causing you problems in your everyday life, it is a good idea to see a doctor to rule out any health issues. You could also discuss any support the doctor could give you, including sleeping pills if the doctor feels this is appropriate.

You can find out about things to help you fall asleep on our problems sleeping page. There is also a really good section on sleep problems from the NHS including self-help techniques, possible health problems and treatments that your doctor may be able to give you.

If there is anything worrying you whilst you are trying to get to sleep, you could come and talk through how you are feeling with ChildLine. Some people find that talking through their worries helps to clear their mind and allows them to get to sleep easier. You can talk to a counsellor on a 1-2-1 chat, give us a call on 0800 1111 or send an email, whichever way you contact us, there will always be someone here to listen.

Take care of yourself,

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You can talk privately to a counsellor online or call 0800 1111 for free.

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