Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


Posting to the communities has been restored. Our technical team is still completing ongoing maintenance, and you may experience some technical problems.Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Sleep troubles.
ambermarie_ posted:
I've been having a lot of sleeping troubles lately. (Like you haven't heard that before.) I've read that having depression and/or anxiety can cause insomnia, but I feel as though it would be due to the bouts of depression or anxiety acing on your mind. I've been diagnosed with both depression and anxiety and I've been off of my medication for about a month now. I haven't had any troubles sleeping until just recently, though I've been struggling with these mental illnesses for a while now. So I don't find it plausible to blame the illnesses for my restlessness. On the few nights that I used to have difficulty sleeping, as bad as it may seem, I'd just take some Benadryl or some Melatonin and I'd be knocked out within about 20 minutes or so.
However, not even these medications will make me sleep anymore. I've taken Benadryl and it makes me completely exhausted, but even then, I still can't sleep, no matter how relaxed or comfortable I am. I've been awake for about 24 hours now, which is bad considering I'm 16 and I have to go to school. I've talked to my parents about it but they just tell me to take some medicine and try to sleep. That's what I've been doing, but all the medicine does is make me sleepy, and leave me unable to sleep.
And in what I'm assuming is the sleep state that I've actually been able to reach lately, I'm dreaming but I still feel completely conscious of the things around me. I used to be completely oblivious to the sounds around me when I would sleep, but now can hear every last sound while I dream. I feel like I'm awake while I'm dreaming, which is a bit scary.
atti_editor responded:
Hi ambermarie_ and thank you for posting!

Lying awake in bed for hours or not feeling well-rested when I do finally fall asleep is one of the most frustrating things for me, so I can definitely relate to how you feel. You are correct that a link has been found between depression and lack of sleep. This article explains that in a little more detail and gives some sleep tips that you may find helpful.

Have you changed anything in your routine or even diet lately that could be affecting your sleep? I found some information that you might be interested in browsing through:

A good night's rest is very important for your health, so if this problem persists, discussing it with your doctor or even a sleep specialist might be a good idea.

I hope this helps! Keep us updated on how you are doing!

Best wishes


Helpful Tips

Cant wake up....
Hi, I have read through everyones, messages and I have same problems, When I do finally go to sleep no one can wake me, this has been going ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 2 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Sleep Disorders Center