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Can lucid dreaming be used to reduce stress?

Can lucid dreaming be used to reduce stress?

Yes - seek balance: Stress is the result of an imbalance within resulting from the unconscious part of the mind believing there is a dangerous demand on you . While dreaming you can relieve this stress by guiding your thoughts to relaxation, travel to a peaceful place, imagine finding solutions to problems and peace in conflicts in your dreams. http://drmiller.pinnaclecart.com/index.php?p=product&id=66 can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can deep brain stimulation if placed right hypothetically be used to induce sleep since it can be used to induce pain relief among other things?

Can deep brain stimulation if placed right hypothetically be used to induce sleep since it can be used to induce pain relief among other things?

Probably not: Studies suggest the use of DBS will not induce true sleep stages other than its ability to relax the patient due to decreased pain and other neuro symptoms which in itself can help promote sleep. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce stress and over arousal?

Many ways: One of the simplest ways to lower stress and over-arousal is through slow, gentle, breathing exercises. Breathe in through nose 4 counts, so that your belly expands; hold breath for 7 counts; then breathe out through your mouth 8 counts, with a "whoosh" sound. Repeat 4 times. This can re-set things for you. Also, practicing mindfulness meditation, yoga, or tai chi can help over time. ...Read more

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How can the mind be used to lessen fear and pain during procedures?

How can the mind be used to lessen fear and pain during procedures?

Visual Imagery: Many times breathing techniques can allow you to relax quite abit. Other things that can help if you think of a quiet place or a place you would like to visit or even a favorite memory can be quite powerful by distracting your mind from the body's sensations. Meditation also is very helpful as well. ...Read more

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Can deep brain stimulation if placed right be used to induce unconsciousness (not true sleep with different phases) since it can do other things?

Can deep brain stimulation if placed right be used to induce unconsciousness (not true sleep with different phases) since it can do other things?

No data on that: You are correct. DBS is useful for many different things but I've not heard nor read any research data on it being used to INDUCE a coma in patients. It is thought of possibly in helping arouse/awaken patients in what's referred to as MCS (minimally conscious state) which can be considered as close to coma as you'll get but not to INDUCE one. Want to chat a bit? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can melatonin be used during the day to help relieve anxiety or are there safer supplement.I find melatonin greatly relieves mental and physical sympt?

Can melatonin be used during the day to help relieve anxiety or are there safer supplement.I find melatonin greatly relieves mental and physical sympt?

Melatonin taken: during the daytime is likely to make you feel groggy. Though often used for depression, 5HTP can be useful. Here's a list from Web ...Read more

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What are some quick relaxation techniques that can be used during the day to clear your mind?

What are some quick relaxation techniques that can be used during the day to clear your mind?

Breathing, imagery: Learn to breath from your diaphragm - imagine there's a balloon in your belly and your breath fills it up. Let the breath out all the way and release tension in your neck and back as you do. Daydream yourself to a beautiful, relaxing place for 3 minutes and chill. Go to www.Thehealingmind.Org for audio guides. ...Read more

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Can vicks-zzquil cause anxiety? What can be used as a natural sleep-aid?

Can vicks-zzquil cause anxiety? What can be used as a natural sleep-aid?

Natural Sleep aids: Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ((Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) & St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are herbs which can aid with sleep. Kava kava (Piper methysticum) can be effective but ...Read more

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Can lucid dreaming lead to psychological disease?

Can lucid dreaming lead to psychological disease?

Lucid dreams OK: Some people can have lucid dreams, most people cannot. Lucid dream means one is aware one is dreaming, and can control the content to some extent. The dreams are vivid. Patients with narcolepsy are more likely to have vivid dreams as well as hypnagogic hallucinations (vivid dreaming before falling asleep or after waking up). Lucid dreams by themselves do not cause any other problems. ...Read more

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If masturbate can reduce stress, could it also help in anxiety treatment?

If masturbate can reduce stress, could it also help in anxiety treatment?

Not so much: Masturbation will not produce lasting positive effects on anxiety problems. It's better to address what is sustaining the anxiety problem and to intervene there. Often, anxiety problems persist due to repetitive dysfunctional or unnecessary thoughts. Cogntive-behavioral techniques can be used to revise these thoughts/behaviors to relieve anxiety. ...Read more

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What can be done for interrupted sleep due to over-excitement?

What can be done for interrupted sleep due to over-excitement?

Calming exercises: We've all had situations where we've been so excited we can't sleep. That should last 2-3 days at the most. The body will kick in and restore a normal sleep cycle if things are all equal. I suspect there's more to this, and that there is a mild sleep disorder at work. Start with a consistent am wakeup time, low to no caffeine, and quiet pm activities. If that doesn't work, see your doc. ...Read more

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What foods can help induce lucid dreams?

What foods can help induce lucid dreams?

The top 3 foods: Eliciting lucid dreams are orange juice, milk and dairy products and mustard.Best wishes! http://ezinearticles.Com/?Foods-that-induce-lucid-dreams&id=738475 http://www.World-of-lucid-dreaming.Com/sleep-disorders.Html. ...Read more

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How can I reduce body tension in stressful situations?

How can I reduce body tension in stressful situations?

Breathe deeply: Muscle tension is common with stress. It's like your body tenses up as it gets ready for a "hit" from life. Diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation are two methods that are great for reducing body tension induced by stress. Taking 3-5 deep breaths can also help decrease tension in the moment. A therapist can help you master these techniques. ...Read more

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How can thorazine (chlorpromazine) be used for anxiety and and have anxiolytic properties if it induces akithesia which can lead lead to anxiety?

How can thorazine (chlorpromazine) be used for anxiety and and have anxiolytic properties if it induces akithesia which can lead lead to anxiety?

Dose dependent: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) wouldn't usually be my first choice for treating anxiety, though its use for that makes sense to me if used in low doses, since it dose have anxiolytic properties and is non-addicting. At low doses of thorazine, akathisia (restlessness) is less common than with Haldol (haloperidol) and several other medicines that tend to cause akathisia. ...Read more

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Walking is one of the easiest ways to help improve health. Can it be used to relieve stress?

Walking is one of the easiest ways to help improve health. Can it be used to relieve stress?

Of course: As low-impact exercise, walking is both physically and psychologically healthy. Physical exercise can "work off" stress hormones, tense and relax muscles, and give physically pleasant sensations. In addition, you get the benefits of fresh air, new scenery, and possibly casual social interactions, all of which may relieve stress. ...Read more

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Can gabapentin (neurontin) effectively be used to treat anxiety?(gad) i've tried all the ssri's etc. But the se's are to extreme. Also, is it safe?

Can gabapentin (neurontin) effectively be used to treat anxiety?(gad) i've tried all the ssri's etc. But the se's are to extreme. Also, is it safe?

Review: 4*s of 5 but: Lots of possible side effects too - so while users say it works very well for anxiety - it can mean trouble. Have you tried non-drug techniques? Psychotherapy, meditation, exercise / dance programs, combinations of all/any? Talk w/ your dr about the Neurontin (gabapentin) if you want a trial to see if it is safe for you. Best! ...Read more

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Trying to induce muscle release while sleeping. Is there a tool that can "clamp" say a tight calf spot during sleep to cause release?

Trying to induce muscle release while sleeping. Is there a tool that can "clamp" say a tight calf spot during sleep to cause release?

Sounds like cramp: I gather that your calf muscle contracts and cramps in the night. You may be lacking in magnesium. Try soaking in a warm bath with a hadful of epsom salts in the water. This will provide magnesium that will go through the skin and get into the blood stream. ...Read more

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Is there any food that can help induce lucid dreaming?

Is there any food that can help induce lucid dreaming?

What's the Diagnosis: Now that's an interesting question. I am trying to think of different pathological states of sleep disorder where dreaming is affected. In those states, REM sleep is also altered and therefore, treatment would involve trying to rectify that sleep phase. However, one would not necessarily look to induce "lucid" dreaming-just normal dreaming. I don't get the medical benefit of "lucid" dreaming. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress Management (Definition)

"stress" is mental, physical, or emotional tension or strain. For each of us, the experience is a little different -- and the situations that trigger it are individual also. "stress management" is the process of using tools or skills such as guided imagery/visualization, meditation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, yoga, etc to decrease or contain this ...Read more