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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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 hormonal changes (stopped Depo-Provera on 04/2012) cause daily nausea and sleeping a lot?

Can hormonal changes (stopped Depo-Provera on 04/2012) cause daily nausea and sleeping a lot?

Very unlikely: Discuss with your PCP, food habits, exercise routine or lack thereof, underlying depression, anemia, reflux are some of the causes for your symptoms, your doctor will be able to further assess. If your cycles are regular now, use of Depot Provera in the remote past, is not likely to cause any hormone changes responsible for the above symptoms. ...Read more

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What I sleep a lot, sometimes I get headaches. What causes this?

What I sleep a lot, sometimes I get headaches. What causes this?

Sleep: Too much or too little of many things can be bad. Studies have shown that too much sleep can be as bad as too little in certain circumstances. How much you need is very specific to the individual. ...Read more

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Sleeping late could cause lots of problems? What sort of problems?

Sleeping late could cause lots of problems? What sort of problems?

Unsure: I'm assuming you're asking about chronic oversleeping, which has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, obesity and shortened life span. Studies show correlation between these outcomes and sleeping too much, but it is difficult to know if one actually causes the other, or if they simply co-occur because of other shared factors (for example, poverty and depression). ...Read more

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I sleep a lot. What's the cause?

I sleep a lot. What's the cause?

Excessive sleep: Excessive sleeping can have many causes for example if there is excess day time sleepiness (or attaches of unresistable sleep), or alteration of the sleep awake cycle), and weather the prolonged sleep interfere with daily activities, or problems with sleep quality as snoring or stop breathing f, some sleep disorders put you at risk of having car accidents
medical review is suggested for evaluation ...Read more

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I get a lot of sleep, and I have been finding it hard to breathe. What could cause this, what to do?

I get a lot of sleep, and I have been finding it hard to breathe. What could cause this, what to do?

Can't diagnose: These symptoms. However, it is important to have this medically evaluated. ...Read more

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I have started snoring in my sleep which causes a lot of disturbance to my family. How can I cure it?

I have started snoring in my sleep which causes a lot of disturbance to my family. How can I cure it?

Snoring remedies: If you are overweight, losing weight not only reduces pressure on the airways, the tongue shrinks in size, further opening the airway.
Don't sleep on your back (sew a pocket in a t-shirt and put a tennis ball in it).
See an ENT to make sure that there isn't a problem with deviated septum, tonsils or adenoids.
Use breathe rite strips.
See a dentist to have a custom sleep device made. ...Read more

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My baby puked a lot, about 5 tyms in one half hr....Den slept a sound sleep.. ..Is it any cause to worry?

My baby puked a lot, about 5 tyms in one half hr....Den slept a sound sleep.. ..Is it any cause to worry?

Vomiting: As long as your child has stopped vomiting and is doing well, I would not be concerned. She may have had something that didn't agree with her. ...Read more

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What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

What causes a lot of body movement during sleep?

Several things: Periodic limb movements may be caused by excessive exercise, caffeine/alcohol use, stress, obstructive sleep apnea, medications, etc. Rem sleep behavior disorder can cause body movements as well. ...Read more

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I've been sleeping a lot. I've been losing my appetite more & more. Strong migraines & My skin is really pink. Any causes?

I've been sleeping a lot. I've been losing my appetite more & more. Strong migraines & My skin is really pink. Any causes?

Needs Med Evaluation: You need medical evaluation to include a thorough history and physical examination, and laboratory testing. There are too many possibilities to speculate without considerably more information. ...Read more

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My grandmother passed away in her sleep and vomited a lot of coffee grounds, what could have caused that?

My grandmother passed away in her sleep and vomited a lot of coffee grounds, what could have caused that?

Unsure: I am not sure why she passed away, but coffee ground is a sign of gastro-esophageal bleeding (causes of GI bleed may include, gastric ulcer, gastric cancer, esophageal varices etc.). ...Read more

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I have a sunburn on my butt from a tanning bed, it hurts and is itching a lot and I can't sleep cause its so bad. What should I do.

I have a sunburn on my butt from a tanning bed, it hurts and is itching a lot and I can't sleep cause its so bad. What should I do.

Burnt buns: I'm so sorry. You need to get as much cool water to the area as you can to reduce the heat in the skin cells. Try standing in the shower with just your butt in the water stream and keep the water as cool as you can stand. Alternative is to put cold washcloths or towels on, changing them to keep them cool. Apply heavy coat of water based moisturizer every few hours. Take Ibuprofen by mouth for pain. ...Read more

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Can hitting yourself a few times in the head hard cause immediate damage. I've been really tired sleeping a lot and feel out of it with headache?

Can hitting yourself a few times in the head hard cause immediate damage. I've been really tired sleeping a lot and feel out of it with headache?

You should: Have a neurologic exam....and possibly a head CT

See your PCP as soon as practicable!


Mild concussion is a definite possibility

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Lately, I've been sleeping 5 hours and waking up every hour for past weeks. Could lots of changes in life cause this? I also have thyroid disorder.

Lately, I've been sleeping 5 hours and waking up every hour for past weeks. Could lots of changes in life cause this? I also have thyroid disorder.

Yes, stress can: Cause problems with sleep. Have thyroid regularly monitored. Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put. ...Read more

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I take a lot vitiams beside a regular one a day. Would that many vitiams make you sleeping. I have redless legs whick keep me a wake. I once in a while nods and sleep abouta second, could you tell me what might cause this. Thanks

I take a lot vitiams beside a regular one a day. Would that many vitiams make you sleeping. I have redless legs whick keep me a wake. I once in a while nods and sleep abouta second, could you tell me what might cause this. Thanks

Need: Need more information to try to provide a meaningful answer. What specific vitamins, herbals and supplements do you take and at what doses? Are you taking any medications? What is your age? Are you obese or normal weight? Do you drink alcohol, if so how much? Do you eat heavy meals before going to bed? Do you have any medical conditions? Have you had a sleep study? ...Read more

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Is doing cardio exercises and moving a lot and not sleeping enough cause miscarriage?

Is doing cardio exercises and moving a lot and not sleeping enough cause miscarriage?

No: There is no evidence that a normal pregnancy can be lost because of "cardio exercises, moving a lot or not sleeping enough." These are not known to be the causes of miscarriages.. ...Read more

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I don't have flu or fever symptoms but I cough a lot while lying in bed and try to sleep. What is the cause and what I can I do?

I don't have flu or fever symptoms but I cough a lot while lying in bed and try to sleep. What is the cause and what I can I do?

Doctor exam: Causes of cough are multiple Do you smoke or use smokeless tobacco? Do you have reflux. These are important questions that need to be answered and the treatment is not general enough as the cause for each is treated differently.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can u have an over active bladder in your early 30's and what causes it? I find myself going pee a lot and it disrupts my sleep = (

Can u have an over active bladder in your early 30's and what causes it? I find myself going pee a lot and it disrupts my sleep = (

Sleep disorder: Having to wake up very often during the night is oftentimes a very common symptom of underlying sleep apnea. I see it commonly in my apneic patients and after treating the sleep apnea the waking up to use the toilet decreases significantly if not completely stops. Recommend seeing a sleep specialist and having a sleep study. ...Read more

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I've been smoking a lot. And im really down stresse. I've been eating abnormally and my sleeping habit too. Can this cause the irregularity of my period?

I've been smoking a lot. And im really down stresse. I've been eating abnormally and my sleeping habit too. Can this cause the irregularity of my period?

Yes is can: But so can pregnancy, if you have missed your period so get that checked. A bigger concern is that you sound very depressed. Israel has great resources for psychiatric treatment. Please see a psychiatrist for medication management in addition to your psychotherapy and please do not smoke. Our research shows that 65% of people who smoke develop depression. Shalom. ...Read more

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Can lack if sleep and a lot of alcohol cause lyph node swelling behind ears?

Can lack if sleep and a lot of alcohol cause lyph node swelling behind ears?

No: Sleep or lack thereof and alcohol have nothing to do with lymph nodes there. However, I see you are on antibiotics after a tooth extraction which must have also been infected. This infection is certainly the cause of the swollen nodes. If these nodes do not improve as the dental infection does then you need to followup for evaluation. ...Read more

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Does lack of oxygen cause you to sleep? I've been falling asleep a lot lately.

An: An increase on co2 levels (hypercapnea) has more of a narcotizing effect than relative hypoxemia (lower oxygen), but either condition is unhealthy. You may very well have obstructive sleep apnea leading to daytime somnolence. You deserve a good cardio-pulmonary examination by your internist, and likely referral for a sleep study (polysomnogram=psg). ...Read more

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What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

Could be serious: This may be indicative of a serious medical condition: inflammatory diseases or even cancer. Also funny infections can do the same thing. I would see your doctor right away and get evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes a person to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

What causes a person to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

Sleep apnea: Most certainly you have sleep apnea with its classical adrenergic response (sweating, tachycardia) with fragmented sleep, insomnia associated with sleep apnea and poor sleep quality. Get a sleep study and a machine... ...Read more

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What is the cause of a Charlie horse in my sleep that wakes me up with a lot of pain in my ankle and I feel like it is paralyzed. I can't even move it?

What is the cause of a Charlie horse in my sleep that wakes me up with a lot of pain in my ankle and I feel like it is paralyzed. I can't even move it?

Unknown cause: Charlie horse leg pain is common and the cause is unknown. If you have these frequently you can lower the incidence by using quinine infused seltzer water in the late evening. ...Read more

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Woke up in the middle of the night to my arm completely numb (happens a lot as I sleep in odd positions). Next evening, my arm was sore feeling. Can it cause damage when it "falls asleep" in the night?

Woke up in the middle of the night to my arm completely numb (happens a lot as I sleep in odd positions). Next evening, my arm was sore feeling. Can it cause damage when it "falls asleep" in the night?

Sometimes: What you describe is nerve compression perhaps related to odd sleeping position. The brain will generally make you move in order to relieve compression and therefore spare permanent damage. Sometimes those who are intoxicated or otherwise impaired may not have enough sense to relieve pressure and cause longer lasting or even permanent damage. ...Read more

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I've had a persistent wet cough, fever and, have been sleeping a lot more than normal. Recently I've been coughing really hard to where it feels like I need to vomit. Then, white foam comes up. What could cause this?

I've had a persistent wet cough, fever and, have been sleeping a lot more than normal. Recently I've been coughing really hard to where it feels like I need to vomit. Then, white foam comes up. What could cause this?

PNEUMONIA.: Without an exam, I can only give general information and cough/fever are often a reason to immediately seek medical attention. IT is even much more true if there are other signs of infection such as increased somnolence, or sweats or breathing issues. ...Read more

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Can stress cause many spider vains in the inside of my eyes? I sleep ok but just woory a lot due to my high liver enzymes

Can stress cause many spider vains in the inside of my eyes? I sleep ok but just woory a lot due to my high liver enzymes

Eye vessels: An increase in eye vessels can be related to any cause of irritation, most commonly dry eye, blepharitis, or allergies. See an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Wake up multiple times every night and upon waking I feel as if I'm dying and I jump up in bed small panic pinch myself then back to sleep. Father passed away months ago a lot of stress/ depression/anxiety. Could possibly be cause?

Wake up multiple times every night and upon waking I feel as if I'm dying and I jump up in bed small panic pinch myself then back to sleep. Father passed away months ago a lot of stress/ depression/anxiety. Could possibly be cause?

Grief/Depression: You are probably having symptoms of Depression and fear of dying because of grief from the loss of your Father. It sounds like a psychological rather than a physical problem. But to be sure it would be good to have a physical exam with your Doctor. Then you could consult with a Clinical Psychologist who could help you with your grief and fears. Medication may offer additional help for you. ...Read more