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Dr. Ranji Varghese

Sleep Medicine
18 years experience male

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Sleep Medicine

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United States: California, Minnesota

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115 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Having children and caring for a newborn can be a challenge for any parent. For women, a change in hormones, the anxiety of caring for a child day and... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not really: Teeth grinding or clenching, called bruxism can cause painful aches in the upper jaw, wear and tear on the teeth and sometimes poor sleep. The guard i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not really: Sleep walking and night terrors are a form of parasomnia, involuntary sleep/wake disturbances having both features of sleep and behaviors of wake. The... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Sleep chemical: Serotonin is a common brain chemical messenger. It is part of the wake promoting system of the brain. Along with other chemical messengers, it helps k... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Night and Day: Rem refers to rapid eye movement sleep and non-rem refers to sleep that is not rem. Non-rem is further divided into n1, n2, n3 stages where n3 refers ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Sleep and BP: There is some data that suggest that sleep deprivation can raise blood pressure. When we don't sleep enough, our bodies tend to have overactive fight ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Absolutely: Cbt is the gold standard treatment for chronic insomnia that is not caused by a psychiatric, medical disorder, drugs. It is helpful in getting to and ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
For Some: Anti-anxiety medications have their positives and negatives. The most commonly used are the benzodiazepine class. They may not be indicated and usuall... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not sure: There is some evidence that overtime short sleepers (less than 6 hours per night) have worse heart health than others. This may be due to an increased... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
NO: Sleep hygiene encompasses good habits, sleep environment that are conducive to sleep. For instance, keeping regular bedtimes and wake up times, using ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Good Sleep Hygiene: First identifying what type of sleep disturbance you have is key. If the insomnia is a difficulty with getting to sleep because of inability to relax ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
No: Parasomnia refers to a sleep disorder that results in people engaging in certain behaviors while their brains are almost entirely still sleeping. Slee... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Physician: If you are experiencing emotional problems that may be affecting your quality of sleep, then go to your local accredited sleep center who may be able ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Questions: A sleep therapist will want to know medication list, herbal supplement list, drug and alcohol history, medical and family history, sleep habits includ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Some are: Most self help materials that you can buy easily from the bookstore may have a combination of passive muscle relaxation exercises and guided imagery t... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
A lot: Many foods contain tryptophan, an essential Amino Acid that you can only get through diet. Chicken and turkey both have tryptophan. It is required for... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Sleep helps work: Good restful sleep promotes better concentration, alertness, reaction times, short term memory. Sleep deprivation can affect these. We live in a socie... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Could be many: This is ai difficult question as many sleep disorders cause arousals from sleep. The most common one is obstructive sleep apnea. However, leg movement... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Active mind: Difficulty relaxing for sleep and an active mind can be the result of many things including medications, coffee, smoking, psychiatric issues, and part... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
It keeps us awake: Caffeine is a chemical found in coffee. Normally as the day progresses, we tend to feel sleepier in part due to a chemical build up of adenosine, a na... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
See a specialist: Rls can be debilitation for some. It can affect just the legs or even arms and trunk. It primarily occurs at night and with inactivity, is temporarily... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
See a doctor: While sleep paralysis is not life threatening, it can be sign of sleep deprivation or a symptom of another sleep disorder called narcolepsy, which may... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not sure: I'm not sure how you can feel pain in the lower intestine or if you are referring to the lower part of your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach can be t... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Depends on what is going on. Getting to sleep? Staying asleep? Poor quality sleep? Older people tend to have difficulty maintaining sleep. Usually chr... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: I would first assess the severity of your neck injury to determine what position would be best to sleep in. Consult a orthopedic surgeon. Generally, h... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Rarely: There is an exceedingly rare insomnia called fatal familial insomnia that runs in families. It is due to a rogue brain protein that causes brain dege... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Although most commonly affecting the lower legs, restless leg syndrome can also affect the lower back and arms. The symptoms tend to be worse at night... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Neurotransmitters: Chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters activate parts of the brain responsible for dreaming while asleep. It is a normal phenomenon.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Some medications have in addition to their main effect like blocking serotonin re-uptake like zoloft, (sertraline) they can also affect other neurotra... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: You can dream in any stage of sleep n1, n2, n3 or rem. The dreams in rem as supposed to the others are much more vivid, emotionally charged, and in te... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Medications: If you don't have medical condition that is causing your rls, like kidney disease, iron deficiency, etc. Or on medications that trigger rls, then medi... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet for hot flashes. Some women respond to certain anti-depressants (ssri), some to certain blood pressure medica... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Dont Worry: If you can't sleep, the last thing to do is worry about it. Dont lay in bed tossing, truning getting frustrated. Instead, leave your bedroom and engag... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Funnu: This is a very funny question. Work does not necessarily translate into aging people. Stress however does tend to make people feel more tired, and gi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Depends on why you are not able to get to sleep or stay asleep. Disorders like sleep apnea or periodic leg movements can disrupt sleep. Usually, peopl... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Common Problem: This is not uncommon, which is why people prefer to sleep on their backs. Pain can cause folks to wake up or to start sleep. Hip discomfort usually oc... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl contain the key ingredient diphenhydramine. This key ingredient can cause drowsiness. However it's not r... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Talk to Dr.: You should talk to your doctor. Rhey may refer you to a sleep specialist. A sleep specialist may do a series of sleep studies including an overnight s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Only short term: Acute sleep deprivation has its hazards, including decreased reaction times, attention, daytime sleepiness. In fact, even though you may not notice a ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not sure: The honest answer is that we still don't really know how Provigil works. Research suggests that Provigil actually does work by increasing the amount o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
See a physician: First step is to determine whether you have rls. Here is a good website: http://www.Rls.Org/ there are very good treatments but generally incl... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
I'm sorry: Sometimes stress and change, such as having to move can make it difficult to sleep. But when you say you are always sad and always worried, it may mak... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Not necessarily: Although snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, sleep apnea can sometimes be silent. Howver, the snoring of people with sleep apnea is lou... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
No: Unless the medication is giving you serious side effects, generally you should taper the medication slowly. Otherwise, you run the risk of resulting i... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Big difference: While schizoid personality refers to a relatively set way of integrating information, processing and outward behaviors (i.e. Personality), depression ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Dont lay in bed!: Whatever it is, dont lay in bed for more than 15-20 minutes. You dont want to associate the frustration of not being able to get to sleep with the bed... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: Sometimes the reason that people get sleepy in the middle of the day is because they are not sleeping enough at night or that the sleep that they get ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
Very rare: It is a diagnosis that is exceedingly rare and contentious in the field. Please find a psychiatrist that has experience in treating patients with pers... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
By disrupting sleep: Patients with RLS at night can also have a disorder called periodic limb movement disorder (plmd). This condition results in repetitive leg twitches, ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
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UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 2004MD

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