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Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a condition characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes his or her life or personal safety, occur during the ...Read more


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Can levothyroxine cause changes in sleep patterns or intensely vivid dreams?

Can levothyroxine cause changes in sleep patterns or intensely vivid dreams?

Possibly: The pill itself shouldn't cause the symptoms above. However, if taking in high amount, hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia and disrupt sleeping patterns. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to change the habit of sleeping late at night?

Can there be a way to change the habit of sleeping late at night?

Go to bed earlier.: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. >>>. ...Read more

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Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Yes: Stress has many effects upon the body. I don't know if it applies to you, but people who have seizure-like events which are not epilepsy, but due to various stresses and life events, have a very high incidence of prior abuse, sadly. Often it's a combination of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. ...Read more

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Can sleeping in a humid environment cause headaches and back pains?

It should not be: Sleeping in humid environment should not cause ha or back pains. Make sure you are properly covered especially if it gets cold. ...Read more

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Can an intern change from a predominantly diurnal sleep pattern to a more nocturnal one?

Can an intern change from a predominantly diurnal sleep pattern to a more nocturnal one?

Yes: Lots of people switch to night work. It takes a little while to adapt because circaadian rhythm is normally related to the night/day cycle. ...Read more

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Could brain damage cause a loss of night vision(pitch black at night) and other vision changes in a 16 yo male?

Could brain damage cause a loss of night vision(pitch black at night) and other vision changes in a 16 yo male?

Yes it can,what caus: Yes it can and with your symptoms of headache, nausea and nervousness and depending on cause of brain damage, you need to be evaluated by a neurologist and a neuro ophthalmologist asap.You are 16 years old and have to be taken by your parents to the doctors, if this question pertains to you. You are taking resperidone for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?Follow up with your psychiatrist as well. ...Read more

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Can the occasional missed night of sleep cause future problems like diabetes? I'm in high school and occasionally go without a night.Is this permanent

Can the occasional missed night of sleep cause future problems like diabetes? I'm in high school and occasionally go without a night.Is this permanent

Can be a bad habit: Majority of doctors missed more than an occasional night of sleep during their training, as they had no choice. All humans need their daily sleep to be able to function optimally. Sufficient sleep is an integral part of memory formation, very crucial in a high school student. Its so important it changed rules governing medical training & current doctors in training get at least 2 to 3 nightly rems. ...Read more

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How can you dstinguish between a night terror and a nightmare in adults?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How can you dstinguish between a night terror and a nightmare in adults?

Nightmare: Unpleasant dream that can cause strong negative emotions such as fear/horror/sadness/despair/anxiety. It usually awakens the dreamer in a state of distress. Can be caused by physical issues such as fever or opiates for pain , or by psychological issues such as stress/anxiety. Night terror is more severe & causes more distress. ...Read more

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In children, is apnea something that would happen all night long? Or just during specific sleep cycles?

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In children, is apnea something that would happen all night long? Or just during specific sleep cycles?

Apnea is: the cessation of breathing (for 20 seconds or more according to most current guidelines). If true apnea occurs it will often be associated with cyanosis (blue discoloration of skin). This is not normal and should prompt immediate medical attention. Some newborns/infants will have brief breathing pauses ( ...Read more

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How can sleep through the night without a disturbance?

How can sleep through the night without a disturbance?

Sleep hygiene: If having sleep problems, creating good sleep hygiene can help improve sleep.Adhere to a set bedtime, no food or drink for 2-3 hrs before, bed for sleep or sex only, no tv or music (but maybe white noise machine), minimize or remove any lights including led from clock/alarm/phone, no daytime naps.Get up if no sleep in 20 min and wait until sleepy.Of course, if disturbance from others these may not help. ...Read more

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With a rise in child asthma and seasonal allergies , can this increase be due to something being released in our environment?

With a rise in child asthma and seasonal allergies , can this increase be due to something being released in our environment?

Asthma rising: In part both patients and physicians are more likely to understand this problem and obtain a diagnosis. Climate changes in some areas can change pollination seasons, industrial pollution is always a factor as well as tobacco second hand smoke but there are improvements there recently. Inner city cockraoch infestation with allergy is still a problem. Some variables are not totally understood. ...Read more

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Could insomnia happen in cycles or is it continuous sleepless nights in one go?

Could insomnia happen in cycles or is it continuous sleepless nights in one go?

Many forms: Insomnia indicates difficulty with sleep. It can come in many forms and patterns. A good approach is to keep a sleep diary and learn about good sleep hygiene habits. Consulting with a sleep specialist can rule out sleep apnea, which is treatable. ...Read more

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Can asthma in a kid lead to sleep apnea?

Can asthma in a kid lead to sleep apnea?

Not really: Asthma, in children or adults, does not cause sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea can trigger nocturnal asthma attacks. Therefore, any suspicion of osa in an asthmatic patient warrants a thorough work up. ...Read more

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What can cause a sudden change in sexual orientation?

What can cause a sudden change in sexual orientation?

Realization: It is not a sudden change in orientation, but a realization about you true orientation. ...Read more

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How big of a factor is stress in causing older children to wet the bed once in a while?

How big of a factor is stress in causing older children to wet the bed once in a while?

Depends: What form of stress are you discussing? I define "stress" as everythng that happens to us 24/7. E.G. Sweat when hot, shiver when cold etc. This is governed by the automatic control mechanisms in the brain. Enuresis is evidence of slow maturationj in this system and usually exposes dietary failure, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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Night Terrors (Definition)

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