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Doctor insights on: Restless (Tossing And Turning) Sleep

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I am experiencing fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

I am experiencing  fatigue, nervousness, hopelessness, irrational fear or phobia, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, paranoid behavior, emotiona...

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as symptoms you describe is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I am experiencing aching muscles, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, dry eyes, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, mood swings, itchy eyes and freq...

I am experiencing  aching muscles, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, dry eyes, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, mood swings, itchy eyes and freq...

Too general: several general symptoms, and so may be due to several causes, maybe anxiety / depression, need to have good history and physical examination, including medications history, possibly some diagnostic studies too to reach a diagnosis, unfortunately this platform won't be helpful, try HealthTap prime or HealthTap Concierge if you wish if you can't reach your doctor soon, good luck ...Read more

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What is the best way to put an end to this tossing and turning during my sleep?

What is the best way to put an end to this tossing and turning during my sleep?

Proper sleep hygiene: Follow proper sleep hygiene (google it). Don't drink alcohol. No caffeine after lunch. Set bed and awake times. No nicotine. If that doesn't work see a sleep physician. ...Read more

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What can I do about my constant tossing and turning during sleep?

What can I do about my constant tossing and turning during sleep?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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1 year old sin doesn't sleep at night, never has. He fusses all night & wakes up at least 4x tossing and turning. Has never slept 1 full night. Help?

1 year old sin doesn't sleep at night, never has. He fusses all night & wakes up at least 4x tossing and turning. Has never slept 1 full night. Help?

Sleep: Develop a bedtime routine - bath, story or song, then bed at the same time every night in his own bed. His last nap of the day should end no later than 3:30 or 4pm. Babies that age are naturally restless sleepers, it is ok for him to toss and turn but he need to learn to go back to sleep on his own. If he wakes up, check on him but don't pick him up. He will cry, cough, gag, etc. Dont give in! ...Read more

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Can't sleep any suggestions? I'm 20 and pretty healthy. This sleeping habit has recently started i can't sleep at night i normally finally fall asleep around 4am after tossing and turning all night. I have never had this issue, and i've thought about taki

Can't sleep any suggestions? I'm 20 and pretty healthy. This sleeping habit has recently started i can't sleep at night i normally finally fall asleep around 4am after tossing and turning all night. I have never had this issue, and i've thought about taki

Here : Here are some basic recommendations for getting good quality sleep: 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; sleep on comfortable mattress and pillows. 4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Have work materials, computers, and tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime. 6. Avoid caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hours of bedtime. Avoid heavy use of alcohol. 7. Exercise regularly; finish at least a few hours before bedtime. 8. Avoid naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching tv. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch tv until sleepy. Some over the counter sleep medications can lead to rebound (worse) insomnia if you take them for very long. Try good "sleep hygiene" before you reach for medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can my husband do for his restless leg he stays up all night tossing and turning what can we do?

What can my husband do for his restless leg he stays up all night  tossing and turning what can we do?

R/O underlying cause: Rule out underlying causes that may be able to be treated such as mineral deficiencies (iron, folate, (folic acid) magnesium), venous insufficiency, or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medications for side effects . If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking a and or drinking, if applicable. ...Read more

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When trying to sleep time goes by quick while tossing and turning, I feel awake but I wake up not tired. Anxious all day about sleep. Am I sleeping?

When trying to sleep time goes by quick while tossing and turning, I feel awake but I wake up not tired. Anxious all day about sleep. Am I sleeping?

Probably some: Many who reportedly "don't sleep" actually do, on and off through the night. On-and-off sleep isn't ideal but it's not something terrible to worry about either, especially if you're alert during the day. Your anxiety itself may interfere with sleep; consider seeing a mental health professional for help with anxiety. Your sleep may improve as a side benefit. ...Read more

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Cant fall asleep at night for the past 3-4 days I have been finding myself staying up all night and not being able to go to sleep. I have found myself tossing and turning in bed all night. Then being too tired all day to exercise or be productive. I have

Cant fall asleep at night for the past 3-4 days  I have been finding myself staying up all night and not being able to go to sleep. I have found myself tossing and turning in bed all night. Then being too tired all day to exercise or be productive. I have

Looks : Looks like you have 'situational insomnia'. Heidi highlighted some excellent pointers for insomnia in general. These will be helpful as well in getting sleep. Try not to 'think too much' about your sleep or looking at clock/watch all the time. Try not to 'try to sleep'. A short course of sleep aids like Ambien or sonata (zaleplon) may be helpful and talk to your doctor to prescribe this for you. Try to find out the 'situation' that lead to this sleep problem and see if you can address that though we are all aware of life's event that may or may not be so easily addressed. Hope this helps... ...Read more

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What can cause difficulty sleeping, backache as well as tossing and turning?

What can cause difficulty sleeping, backache as well as tossing and turning?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and severe castrochondritis(sp). Main trigger is laying flat or tossing and turning while sleeping. Doc at loss. Help?

I have fibromyalgia and severe castrochondritis(sp). Main trigger is laying flat or tossing and turning while sleeping. Doc at loss. Help?

JHS?: 30 yo female with fibromyalgia (FM) has costal-chondral (CC) pain when on sleep surface. Chest (spine & ribs) shaped like barrel; no matter which body part contacts mattress, biodynamic forces translate to disordered CC junctions. Try soft mattress & cortisone injections. If not work then question of hypermobility disorder (Brighton Criteria), & prolotherapy becomes a therapeutic option. ...Read more

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For the last 4 nights i can't sleep i keep tossing and turning and have to exhaust myself before i can even fall asleep what could this be ?

For the last 4 nights i can't sleep i keep tossing and turning and have to exhaust myself before i can even fall asleep what could this be ?

Insomnia: Is multi-factorial, but in young, healthy individuals can be due to significant life stressors, preoccupation, physical discomfort, "energy" drinks containing excessive caffiene. Evaluate these things in your life and try to mitigate any that seem to be causing this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have "liver sludge" why does laying flat, tossing and turning, and stomach laying trigger it? Why does it wake me from deep sleep? How is it treated

Not specific: Perhaps your medical advisor is referring to problems with your gallbladder which is where the bile goes to when it leaves the liver. Ask your doctor to do a liver and gallbladder scan or perhaps take a look with a scope. We really need more information to help, a low fat diet should help. ...Read more

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I have problems sleeping at night tossing and turning i have no problem falling asleep I've tried sleeping pills like melatonin but it doesn't keep me asleep I wake up many times during the night.

I have problems sleeping at night tossing and turning i have no problem falling asleep I've tried sleeping pills like melatonin but it doesn't keep me asleep I wake up many times during the night.

Lets find the cause: You may need medical help to find the cause of your insomnia. You are under some stress or anxiety which is keeping you from falling sleep. You will need a better sleeping pill but it means visiting a doctor. Melatonin is not a good sleeping pill by itself. For now try to exercise daily and relax. Yoga and Meditation is another means of providing relaxation. Go see a MD or Yoga teacher. ...Read more

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Achy knees & ankles at night with problems sleeping and insomnia. Averaging about 3 to 4 hours of sleep and a lot of tossing and turning.

Achy knees & ankles at night with problems sleeping and insomnia. Averaging about 3 to 4 hours of sleep and a lot of tossing and turning.

Anxiety: These symptoms are likely due to Stress causing Anxiety and sleep problem. Let Wise Person within you Reflect: •Stress in your Life •To decrease Reaction to stress •Before sleeping, close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life and Feel Wonder of Breath of Life • Music Relaxation • Visual Imagery • Meditation • To see Physician for Achy knees & ankles • To see Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication ...Read more