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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Can watching tv before bed effect my sleep?

Can watching tv before bed effect my sleep?

Yes: Sleep and dreaming can be greatly affected by your experiences throughout the day and specifically what you are doing right before you fall asleep. Watching a tense or horror filled tv show will affect your dreams and may lead to nightmare. A pleasant relaxing show may give you good dreams and good rest. Be selective with what you put in your head prior to failing asleep. ...Read more

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They say TV/screens before bed is bad for you. However, for me, that is how I relax before I go to sleep. I can't fall asleep w/o it. It soothes me..?

They say TV/screens before bed is bad for you. However, for me, that is how I relax before I go to sleep. I can't fall asleep w/o it. It soothes me..?

Individual: Hello, most sleep researchers advise against it as studies have suggested that blue LED light inhibits the production of melatonin. Your particular routine may override these deleterious effects, however, and watching TV before sleep is certainly better/healthier than some things you might do. I think the real question is whether you are waking up feeling refreshed, and without aches and pain. ...Read more

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Can working on the computer before bed effect my sleep?

Can working on the computer before bed effect my sleep?

Yes, overstimulation: The sleep-wake cycle is linked, in part, to external light cues; staring into a bright monitor screen at 3am is one way to throw off your biological clock with great ease. This, coupled with the increased stimulation involved with watching movies, listening to music, reading news, etc. Is simply not conducive towards initiating the sleep process. ...Read more

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My baby is 7 months now n still wont sleep thru the night she wakes for bottle even though i give her a jar n bottle before bed shes stubborn?

My baby is 7 months now n still wont sleep thru the night she wakes for bottle even though i give her a jar n bottle before bed shes stubborn?

That is normal: Some babies sleep thru the night, and some don't. Yours seems to get hungry at night. But there may be other causes for waking up. Diaper wet, any rash on the butt? Any noise? Etc. Your baby may wake up at night for one of these reasons, not for hunger, but he may find comfort in sucking and fall asleep. You may need to look at the whole routine. But some baby does need more food than the others. ...Read more

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Do you have any tips for sleeping well/relaxing before bed?

Do you have any tips for sleeping well/relaxing before bed?

Sure do: Ive been using this simple list for patients for many years and thought i had it on our website for patients. It wasnt there so its now new: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/sleephygienehandout.Asp we'll be adding an article on the basics of insomnia and treatment options in the near future. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a drink before bed to help me sleep?

Is it ok to have a drink before bed to help me sleep?

Alcohol at bedtime: Alcohol at bedtime may help you fall in sleep, but not recommended for insomnia, you might develop tolerance to the alcohol , also can cause early morning awakening with nightmares and insomnia. ...Read more

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Will exercising before bed help me sleep?

Will exercising before bed help me sleep?

Timing is everything: Dont exercise within 2-3 hours of your desired bed time if you can help it. Exercise helps sleep problems but can sabotage it if it is too intense too closely to your desired sleep time. ...Read more

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Can taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Can taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hot shower: Possibly but it's more likely to help you fall asleep faster. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink neuro sleep before bed while on buspar (buspirone)?

Is it okay to drink neuro sleep before bed while on buspar (buspirone)?

Neuro Sleep: Contains taurine , 5-hydroxytryptophan, melatonin, and l-theanine, but the doses are not listed. 5-htp has never been reported in serotonin syndrome in humans. It is unlikely that there would be any problems combining it with buspar, (buspirone) although the 2 have never been tested together. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does taking melatonin before bed actually work to help me sleep?

Does taking melatonin before bed actually work to help me sleep?

Melatonin may: Melatonin may help you sleep. It's not a knock you out kind of pill or hormone. It works best if you take it and lay down in a dark room. It won't work very well if you're up and about in lighted areas. Also it can take two weeks for it to reset your circadian rhythm and must be taken at the same time. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hi docs, would taking a hot shower before bed help me sleep longer?

Hot shower: Possibly but it's more likely to help you fall asleep faster. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to end a day before bed, and induce sleep?

Could you tell me what's the best way to end a day before bed, and induce sleep?

Some tips: No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Room should be completely dark. No tv or radio. No electronics with blue lights. ...Read more

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I accidentally took psuedophedrine right before bed. Is there anything I can do to get some sleep?

I accidentally took psuedophedrine right before bed. Is there anything I can do to get some sleep?

Try benadryl: You may try taking a benadryl up to 50 mg but there is no guarantee that this will work. If you already have a sleeping pill in your possession, this is another option. ...Read more

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Can I split Ambien (zolpidem) in half, 5mg before bed and 5mg in the middle of the night. When I can't sleep anymore ?

Can I split Ambien (zolpidem) in half, 5mg before bed and 5mg in the middle of the night. When I can't sleep anymore ?

Yes, but...: ...That's not ideal. For some people, ambien's 2.3hr half-life is too short. First i'd try switching to Lunesta (6 hour half-life) or Ambien cr. If those are too long-acting (causing morning "hangover"), i'd go back to Ambien 10 at night, and sonata (zaleplon) (1hr half-life) for nighttime awakenings. With sonata (zaleplon), its half-life is so short, you can take in middle of night and usually be okay in the morning. ...Read more

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Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Armpits itchy like crazy after applying Certain Dri for the first time. Before bed, 20m after shower. 
Can't sleep. Is it supposed to itch???

Wash it off: Most likely you are reacting to something in it. Wash it off and apply moisturizing lotion. Consider 1% hydrocortisone cream if itching continues. ...Read more