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Doctor insights on: A Recurring Difficulty In Falling Or Staying Asleep Is Called

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What is a recurring difficulty in falling or staying asleep called?

What is a recurring difficulty in falling or staying asleep 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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Micro-sleep: Medical school. Just kidding. You can be so tired that you have a micro-sleep. Another possibility is rem intrusion into a waking state. If it continues, please see a sleep doc to rule out narcolepsy or cataplexy. Sweet dreams. ...Read more

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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?

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: 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
substance abuse


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

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I want to know what's the 'fear of sleeping alone' called?

I want to know what's the 'fear of sleeping alone' called?

Close definitions: Autophobia- fear of being alone. Clinophobia- fear of going to bed. Somniphobia- fear of sleep. ...Read more

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What is it called when your hand loses circulation while sleeping?

What is it called when your hand loses circulation while sleeping?

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

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Why do older adults often have more difficulty falling and staying asleep than younger people?

Why do older adults often have more difficulty falling and staying asleep than younger people?

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

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My baby often cried while sleeping and call "mom mom"?

My baby often cried while sleeping and call "mom mom"?

Babies: Please clarify what your question is. It sounds like you are asking if there is a problem with your baby crying for you at night. Opinions vary on this, but at least a little bit is normal. ...Read more

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Hpw bad do sleeping problems have to be to call it insomnia?

Hpw bad do sleeping problems have to be to call it insomnia?

You have it: If you feel your sleep is difficult or non-restful, that is insomnia. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Please advise if it's common to have difficulty falling asleep after staying awake for an extended period of time?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Epilepsy: No, since it was associated with a medication. See a neurologist to have an eeg to determine if any abnormalities are present. If you have another seizure though you will likely need to be on seizure medication. ...Read more

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Just got prescribed a sleeping aid medicine called zolpidem for 3 months. What to watch out for?

Just got prescribed a sleeping aid medicine called zolpidem for 3 months. What to watch out for?

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

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My mom told me something during the day and I finally realized she told me it when I was sleeping it came like a dream. What is this called?

Cryptomnesia: That's what it closely resembles to when a person remembers some thing from past memory all of sudden. However it is considered new. It is usually a result of memory bias. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Labor: There is no specific term for what you describe other than labor. There is no one specific way that labor should go. Since you had a baby however you labored is ok. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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: 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)
-irritability
-difficult to wake up
-any specific pain complaints
-neck stiffness and headache
-prolonged vomiting, diarrhea or signs of dehydration
-rash
-difficulty breathing
-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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

GET SEEN: Other causes of fever/sweats and diarrhea include some parasitic infections (e.g. Giardia) or colitis. Colitis causes inflammation of the bowel usually causing blood in the stool.
Another possible cause of sweats is cancer (e.g. Lymphoma)
so the best advice is: to get seen. ...Read more