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Are there alternative therapies for excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there alternative therapies for excessive daytime sleepiness?

No: Excessive daytime sleepiness has many causes. It could be related to a medical problem (heart failure), psychiatric (depression), stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medication, etc. It would be best to be seen by a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (Definition)

Excessive daytime sleepiness can affect 20% of people with symptoms of feeling sleepy (& possibly experiencing low energy level) which can occur even when ...Read more


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What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

What are some natural remedies for excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy?

Gingko,tea,coffee: If you have excessive daytime sleepiness or narcolepsy, i wonder whether you have sleep apnea. This necessitates a sleep study to diagnose and begins with a physician consultation. This can then lead to correct diagnosis and correction of the problem. In addition to getting a good night's sleep, natural stimulants such as gingko, tea, or coffee can help increase alertness. ...Read more

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Are there any natural remedies to help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there any natural remedies to help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Appropriate Sleep!: While most people are concerned with sleep apnea, we all forget insufficient sleep as one of the important causes of causing excessive daytime sleepiness. If you are getting ~7.5 hours a night, then you should see a sleep specialist to help make sure there aren't any other sleep disorders going on! the natural remedies, of course, would depend on a specific diagnosis, which here is unknown. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications that can help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Are there any over-the-counter medications that can help with excessive daytime sleepiness?

Not really: The only stimulant medicines you'll find over the counter are caffeine containing. There are some herbal supplements that also employ certain herbal remedies, but often also have a lot of sugar in them. There are a lot of important (and reversible) reasons for your symptoms that a doctor in their clinic can figure out for you. ...Read more

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Are there good natural alternative therapies for night seizures?

Are there good natural alternative therapies for night seizures?

NO: Seizures occur when the brain becomes "irritable" for some reason. I believe a common occurrence for this at night would be a reduced oxygen level as might occur in someone with sleep apnea. You should have sleep studies performed to rule this out as it would be easily addressed with CPAP to prevent the low oxygen levels. Definitely check with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression other than synthetic medicine?

Yes, but check in.: Depression may be helped by daily physical activity, a regular meditation practice, and counseling. In addition, there are some natural remedies that may be helpful in certain cases such as saint john's wort and s-adenosyl-methionine. However, if you suffer from depression, it is important to work with a health care professional and get the help you need. Sometimes that means synthetic medicine. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Are there any herbal alternatives for narcolepsy treatment?

Some: Narcolepsy is an issue with a brain chemical that controls degree of wakefulness and control on timing of wakefulness. So herbs (caffeine and noncaffeine) products that work through a different system (often adenosine) can be helpful t keep awake during day. Also behavior for short napping helps. Food metabolism also affects, specifically gluten has been. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Are there good alternative therapies for cataplexy?

Alt to tx cataplexy: I have had luck with biofeedback and hypnosis in treatment of my patients. Sleep hygiene and avoiding excessive sleepiness through medications and scheduled naps can be helpful in some patients. ...Read more

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Any cure for daytime sleepiness?

Any cure for daytime sleepiness?

Daytime sleepiness: Daytime sleepiness is a symptom rather than an disease with a cure. It can be a very dangerous symptom due to the risk of accidents at work or driving etc. You can see how sleepy your are by googling ess and completing the scale. One would start treatment by seeing their primary care to try and clarify the cause. Causes might include shift work, sleep apnea, insomnia, medications, or narcolepsy. ...Read more

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Are there alternative methods for treating sleep apnea in children that don't require surgery?

Are there alternative methods for treating sleep apnea in children that don't require surgery?

Sleep position: Pediatric sleep apnea can be a serious condition. There are two types, central and obstructive. Both can be diagnosed with a sleep study. Obstructive sleep apnea is usually treated with surgery, while central apnea is treated with a CPAP machine, worn at night to keep the airway open. Sleep position, or weight loss if overweight can reduce apnea. ...Read more

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Are there any east Asian therapies for insomnia?

Acupuncture.: I treat quite a few men who have combat related post traumatic stress disorder. Sleep is a major problem for them. Chinese scalp acupuncuture has been very helpful. However french auricular acupuncture with semi-permanent needles provides a more lasting effect. Acupressure can also be used. ...Read more

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Are there homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea?

Are there homeopathic remedies for sleep apnea?

Almost: Beyond cpap, oral appliances, weight loss and surgery, there are some treatments that for some may reduce sleep apnea but will not eliminate it. 1) sleeping on side 2) exercising daily 3)wearing leg compression stockings 4) oral and throat activity such as speech therapy, singing or playing a wind instrument. There are no vitamins or supplements known to treat osa. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Fish oil: There is some research on high dose fish oil for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also natural products with a proprietary formulation of a vitamins and minerals. Here's a useful article on web md reviewing supplements: http://www.Webmd.Com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-supplements recommend: get definitive control with conventional meds first, then investigate natural. ...Read more

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Are there any medications (non-surgical) to treat sleep apnea?

Are there any medications (non-surgical) to treat sleep apnea?

Yes: 1. Lose weight 2. CPAP machine 3. Dental appliance (moves the tongue down and out of the way) no medications will work, unless nasal congestion is playing a big role. ...Read more

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Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea(AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP! Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Are alternative treatments to mild obstructive sleep apnea(AHI of 8/H) other than CPAP/BiPAP!

Are there any side effects that will arise from them?

Weight management: Depending on a patients weight, getting closer a BMI under 25 may be more successful in the long term for OSA and a variety of other health issues. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative therapies for treating menstrual disorders?

Are there any effective alternative therapies for treating menstrual disorders?

Menstrual disorder: Depends on what kind of mentrual disorder you are referring too. There are many types of menstrual disorders with many types of treatment. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Are there any alternative treatments for depression and mental illness?

Many: St john's wort is an antidepressant herb. Sunlight, exercise, good nutrition, and social interaction can ease depression. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation might help. Spiritual healing ceremonies and rituals appear to help some sufferers. Certainly psychotherapy helps. It depends on how you define 'alternative'. ...Read more

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What are some effective herbal medications for insomnia?

What are some effective herbal medications for insomnia?

A FEW: There are some herbal remedies with varying success. Valerian, chamomile, and melatonin. Are the most common.Also over the counter is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Remember though that herbal is still medicinal and must be taken with caution as there can still be side effects and risks. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Learn relaxation : Skills (biofeedback may help -- www.Bcia.Org or www.Aapb.Org) & practice good sleep habits -- consistent bed & wake times, warm bed & cool room, quiet & dark room, minimize caffeine & alcohol, use relaxing pre-sleep routine, use bedroom only for sleep & sex (no tv, eating, reading, etc.). Talk to a sleep specialist or http://greeleypsychologist.Com/sleep.Xhtml for more details. ...Read more

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