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A Recurring Difficulty In Falling Or Staying Asleep Is Called
This is insomnia: Practicing good sleep hygiene is the first step. Keep your sleep structured, avoid long periods of lying in bed awake, use bed just for sleep and intimacy. Avoid napping during the day. Relaxation and imagery techniques can be very helpful when having trouble going to sleep due to thinking. There are some relatively safe sleep aids that can be taken nightly or just as needed if sleep still bad. ...Read more
Tight chest, difficulty breathing, left foot and leg tingling, can't seem to fall asleep because it's harder to breathe I don't wanna call 911, help?
Need to get checked: Physicians are obcessed with the classic guillian barre presentation of descending paralysis, but the fact is that inflamatory neuropathy has many faces. You may have an acute inflammation of your nerves that is affecting the nerves going to your muscles of resperation, which can be an emergent situation. Hopefully, just a case of bronchitis with inflammation of some nerves. Both treatable. ...Read more
When a person falls asleep, the body is paralyzed to prevent a person from acting out his or her dreams. What's that called?
What's it called when you are so tired your brain falls asleep for a split second then you jump up ot twitch to wake up. Even though you may be busy.
Is this sleep paralysis? Every couple of months, when trying to fall asleep or waking up, I feel paralyzed for a few minutes. I also hallucinate and I feel like I'm being pinned. I try to call for help but I can't. What should I do?
Yes this may be sleep paralysis but a full work up should be done by a sleep specialist to rule out other issues.
Sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems.
The following is taken from web md:
what is sleep paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis may accompany other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is an overpowering need to sleep caused by a problem with the brain's ability to regulate sleep.
When does sleep paralysis usually occur?
Sleep paralysis usually occurs at one of two times. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it's called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it's called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis.
What happens with hypnagogic sleep paralysis?
As you fall asleep, your body slowly relaxes. Usually you become less aware, so you do not notice the change. However, if you remain or become aware while falling asleep, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.
What happens with hypnopompic sleep paralysis?
During sleep, your body alternates between rem (rapid eye movement) and nrem (non-rapid eye movement) sleep. One cycle of rem and nrem sleep lasts about 90 minutes. Nrem sleep occurs first and takes up to 75% of your overall sleep time. During nrem sleep, your body relaxes and restores itself. At the end of nrem, your sleep shifts to rem. Your eyes move quickly and dreams occur, but the rest of your body remains very relaxed. Your muscles are "turned off" during rem sleep. If you become aware before the rem cycle has finished, you may notice that you cannot move or speak.
Who develops sleep paralysis?
Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years. But men and women of any age can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families. Other factors that may be linked to sleep paralysis include:
a lack of sleep
a sleep schedule that changes
mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder
sleeping on the back
other sleep problems such as narcolepsy or nighttime leg cramps
use of certain medications
how is sleep paralysis diagnosed?
If you find yourself unable to move or speak for a few seconds or minutes when falling asleep or waking up, then it is likely you have isolated recurrent sleep paralysis. Often there is no need to treat this condition. However, check with your doctor if you have any of these concerns:
you feel anxious about your symptoms
your symptoms leave you very tired during the day
your symptoms keep you up during the night
your doctor may want to gather more information about your sleep health by doing any of these things:
ask you to describe your symptoms and keep a sleep diary for a few weeks
discuss your health history, including any known sleep disorders or any family history of sleep disorders
refer you to a sleep specialist for further evaluation
conduct overnight sleep studies or daytime nap studies to make sure you do not have another sleep disorder
how is sleep paralysis treated?
Most people need no treatment for sleep paralysis. Treating any underlying conditions such as narcolepsy may help if you are anxious or unable to sleep well. These treatments may include the following:
improving sleep habits -- such as making sure you get six to eight hours of sleep each night
using antidepressant medication to help regulate sleep cycles
treating any mental health problems that may contribute to sleep paralysis
treating any other. ...Read more
What is it called when you are awake but can't actually wake up from sleeping? Is this something serious?
Awake?: Hypnopompic phenomenon, occurs in 6% population, could relate to sleep paralysis, not serious. ...Read more
Poor hand circulatio:
Poor hand circulation at night can cause pain or numbness or tingling. It can awaken you several times during the night and be quite bothersome. The sensation can be caused by nerves in the neck or circulation problems in the arms. Please see the following review: www. Buzzle. Com/articles/poor-circulation-in-hands-while...
That is why poor circulation in hands at night makes you get up often. ...Read more
Sleep: As one gets older, sleep naturally begins to fragment and 'advance' to an earlier time on the night. As a result, older individuals take more naps in the day. Additionally co-morbidities come into play such as painful joints, mood disorders and anxiety, sleep apnea, waking up to use the restroom at night or to get water, etc. ...Read more
Valerian: Since long term effects of valerian, I would not recommend it ...Read more
Had 2 gran mals when I was 16 while taking a sleeping pill called phenabarbital I stoped this pill I never had any again am I epileptic or not?
Depends: Phenobarbital prevents or minimizes epileptic seizures, it does not cause them. 14 years without an episode...You are likely not an epileptic. Perhaps it was brought on by a high fever or other... ...Read more
Please advise if it's common to have difficulty falling asleep after staying awake for an extended period of time?
Sometimes: Although it seems to defy logic, sometimes it can be hard to fall asleep when you most need to. This can be due to tension or irritability from sleep deprivation, which then makes it hard to fall asleep. It can help to avoid bright screens (TVs, tablets, phones) & let your mind unwind. Maybe try physically relaxing with a warm bath or shower, before resting in a dark, quiet room. ...Read more
I regularly have what I call itching attacks where I itch uncontrollably and it alsi prevents me from working anf sleeping and its all over please help?
Many possibilities: Possible causes are way too numerous to list here, but the first thing I would do is stop any non-essential medications. If the itching persists, you should see your doctor for a thorough exam. ...Read more
I just started taking 20 mg of citolapram and I am having trouble sleeping and I feel nauseated. Will these symtoms go away or should I call my dr.
With SSRIs: The general rule is to ride it out for 2 weeks. Side effects usually improve. ...Read more
Had 2 gran mals when I was 16 while taking a sleeping pill called phenabarbital after stopping this pill I never had any again am I epileptic or not?
Withdrawal: Possibly the cause of your 'seizure" was the sudden withdrawal of the pheno barbital. I recommend consulting a neurologist who can get a detailed history from you and give a more accurate assessment. ...Read more
I had 2 seizures when I was 16 while taking a sleeping pill called phenabarbital after stopping this pill I never had any again am I epileptic or not?
Sleep: Zolpidem is the generic of Ambien (zolpidem) a sedative hypnotic drug. Used for short term treatment of insomnia. Give 7 hours before planned awaking on an empty stomach. It is a controlled substance schedule IV and has a low moderate abuse potential. Go back and read the common reactions and serious reactions. Not a drug to take lightly. Please do not drive while on this medication! ...Read more
My 2 yr old fell off the couch backwards. He hit his head on the carpeted floor. Cried right away. Should I call our dr? He is now sleeping since its his bedtime.
Monitor over time: Always perform a quick full body survey to see if any lumps, bumps or abrasions are evident. If your son is arousable and interactive and alert after his sleep, you should be fine. Loss of consciousness, persisistent irritable behavior, crying or persisitent vomiting are signs suggestive of more serious phenomena-necessitating an evaluation with your doctor or emergency dept. ...Read more
I am having issues getting my perscription filled for Zoloft and my sleeping medication for about a week now and have been off them for 10 days. I call and leave messages as well as family members calling and leaving messages but they do not return the c
Abandonment: This is not good medically, ethically and/or legally--you shouldn't have to go without medicines that were helping you--you may need to find a new psychiatrist--perhaps your family doc will refill your Meds until you get in with someone new. ...Read more
I had a baby with contractions inconsistant in length and strength 7-17min apart when sleeping, 1-5min when awake the whole labor. What's this called?
My 4th child, I was in labor 20+ hours with contractions from 7-17 minutes apart when sleeping and 1-5 minutes apart when awake. What is this called?
It depends.: Did you have your baby? If you did, then it's a long (but not technically prolonged) labor. True labor lasting > 24 hours might be "prolonged." If true labor starts (with cervical dilation) then stops for more than 24 hours, it's "arrested labor." If you had contractions without progressive cervical dilation, that's "false labor". What do you call your baby? ...Read more
I have a 24 mth old toddler. 2 days ago I took my son to ped with a 103 fever they said virus. He woke up today day 3 with 103 fever and has been sleeping all day. Today is a holiday and not sure if I should call ped or should I just wait till morni
I'm sorry your little one is sick! The good news is that fevers themselves aren't dangerous - it's just the body's way of fighting infection. I advise that you treat the child, not the fever. A sick-looking child who is irritable and not drinking with no fever is much more worrisome than a happily playing and drinking child with a temp of 103f. Use your judgement.
Reasons to call your doctor or seek further care are:
-fever lasting 5 days or more
-fever over 104f
-refusal to eat or drink (drinking most important)
-difficult to wake up
-any specific pain complaints
-neck stiffness and headache
-prolonged vomiting, diarrhea or signs of dehydration
-worsening instead of improving
of course, use your instincts! When in doubt, give your child's doctor a call.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
I had PCNL surgery a week ago today. I'm off all pain meds, no stent, but I have severe bladder spasms preventing me from sleeping. Do I call the doc?
Yes, contact Doc. ..: Yes, contact your surgeon or his associate to clear what makes you hurting. But, how do you know you have bladder spasm? By severe irritating voiding symptoms or just pain at bladder area? So, collect & bring the info on the onset, degree, duration, interval, and progress of the symptoms over time to Doc for analysis, physicals, and possible test so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx / care. ...Read more
Watery stools very sweaty and clammy when is sleeping and doctor was called what should I do because I'm not really getting any answers?
- Talk to a doctor online
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Difficulty staying awake
- Difficulty staying awake during day
- Foot falling asleep frequently
- Hands constantly falling asleep
- Falling asleep while working
- Falling asleep while standing
- Hand keeps falling asleep
- Insomnia not staying asleep medication