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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Overview)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of heart disease and accidents.


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What are the symptoms of insomnia?

What are the symptoms of insomnia?

Insomnia Consequence: Hypersomnia
decreased attention concentration
decreased memory
impaired judgment
higher risk of motor vehicle and other hazardous instrument accident
tiredness
decreased immunity
etc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,709 Doctors shared insights

Insomnia (Overview)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of heart disease and accidents.


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What are good treatments for insomnia?

What are good treatments for insomnia?

CBT THerapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy with relaxation traingin and sleep hygiene has been found to be more effective than meds: http://cpancf. Com/articles_files/psychotherapeuticotcherbalinsomniatreatments. Asp

an nimh sponsored harvard study found cbt treatment effects lasted a year or more. ...Read more

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Insomnia (Tip)

Melatonin can be great to treat insomnia, but make sure to take it three hours prior to bed time! ...See more

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Overcoming Insomnia (Checklist)

Avoid caffeine at night
Once
Exercise in the morning instead of at night
Once
Improve your sleep hygiene
Once
Do not watch television in your bedroom
Once
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Insomnia (Tip)

Sometimes higher cortisol levels at night produces insomnia. ...See more

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What's the definition of insomnia?

What's the definition of insomnia?

Diagnosis: Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up before desired bedtime and being left tired during the day. This is definition from icsd-2. ...Read more

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How long does insomnia last?

How long does insomnia last?

Depends on cause: Insomnia is often transient, but can be patterned and self perpetuating. Best to read about sleep hygiene on line. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Insomnia (Tip)

Stop computer work at least 2 hours before going to bed to stimulate melatonin release. ...See more

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Is tinnitus a symptom of fatal insomnia? And can they feel pain?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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Is tinnitus a symptom of fatal insomnia? And can they feel pain?

This is irrelevant: For diagnosis of this disorder. If you are pre-occupied with this diagnosis, the more relevant question is why? What psychological benefit does a possible diagnosis of fatal insomnia give to you? Some patients secretly wish that they have a rare disorder so that they can attract attention and become special or famous. Even when provided evidence to the contrary, they have a hard time accepting. ...Read more

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I have elevated prolactin (57). Until treatment is rendered what can I do to ease symptoms. Insomnia mostly. I take melatonin currently.?

I have elevated prolactin (57). Until treatment is rendered what can I do to ease symptoms. Insomnia mostly. I take melatonin currently.?

Symptoms of hi PRL: Hi. The common symptoms of high prolactin (PRL) are cessation of periods and breast milk. At age 47, you might have assumed menopause, but breast milk is not normal unless you're breast feeding. Headache sometimes. Insomnia not so common, so may or may not be related to hyperprolactinemia. Melatonin is fine and safe. I hope you've had your pituitary MRI. You'll hopefully start cabergoline soon. ...Read more

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What are the signs of insomnia?

What are the signs of insomnia?

Not sleeping: Difficulty falling or staying asleep, along with daytime sleepiness are symptoms of insomnia. ...Read more

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Insomnia 7yrs, chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, pain back of head, neck, shoulders, hips & depression setting in now. Diagnosis?

Insomnia 7yrs, chronic fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, memory loss, pain back of head, neck, shoulders, hips & depression setting in now. Diagnosis?

Get an evaluation: When one has a number of long standing symptoms the only way to get an accurate diagnosis is to get a personal evaluation by an experienced clinician. There are hundreds of possibilities based on the symptoms you list. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Insomnia (Tip)

Keep all electrical/digital clocks/radio away from the nightstand for good sleep hygiene. ...See more

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How does a doctor diagnose insomnia? How will my doctor know if I have insomnia or just occasional difficulty sleeping? What's the difference? .

How does a doctor diagnose insomnia? How will my doctor know if I have insomnia or just occasional difficulty sleeping? What's the difference? .

Sleep specialist: A sleep specialist can help you determine if you have a chronic sleep problem or not. A sleep study my be needed to help diagnose your condition. ...Read more

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What helps with insomnia?

What helps with insomnia?

Routine: Go to sleep at the same time every night, take a warm (not hot) shower 30 min before bedtime, no tv in bedroom, no children in bedroom. If you cannot get to sleep within 15 minutes get up and read until feeling tired and try again. Otc melatonin can also be helpful for some. ...Read more

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Insomnia (Tip)

No caffeine after 2pm (or your midday), no daytime naps, no tv in the bedroom, exercise daily! ...See more

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How do doctors test you for insomnia?

Insomnia: Clinical interview, lab work, physical exam, and sleep studies if suggestion of sleep disorder. ...Read more

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