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Insomnia problems for over a month. My Vitamin D level is at 30 (lowest on ref range). Can low Vit D levels cause insomnia/sleep problems?

Insomnia problems for over a month. My Vitamin D level is at 30 (lowest on ref range). Can low Vit D levels cause insomnia/sleep problems?

It can cause many: things. Chances are you are low in other minerals as well and should work with your doctor to get a comprehensive panel done, so you are not shotgunning things. It can cause insomnia, as can 21 other things too. So this is why working with your PCP is so impt.A neuroendocrine/ adrenal panel may be helpful to address your overall picture regarding hot flashes too.UR weight can affect absorption 2. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Boland
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Difficulty Sleeping (Definition)

Many women complain that they have trouble sleeping when they are pregnant. Try not to eat just before bedtime. Consider taking a warm bath at bedtime to help you relax. As your abdomen gets bigger, you may want to lie on your side with a pillow under your abdomen and a pillow between ...Read more


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What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

What are the causes of sleep problems and body aches?

Many factors: Body aches, by themselves, can cause sleep problems. Poor sleep is usually due to being aroused from sleep and this is often due to pain from some area of the body. An over the counter pain medication such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) taken one hour before retiring can help alleviate aches while sleeping. A 'sleep study' can provide more data-see your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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I have myclonus which apparently causes me sleep problems. Any suggestions for an OTC sleeping pill?

I have myclonus which apparently causes me sleep problems. Any suggestions for an OTC sleeping pill?

? cause of myoclonus: While myoclonus can be benign and associated with the transition into sleep it may also signify some other disorder. Have you had a sleep study to define the cause of these abnormal movements? Once determined then a specific treatment can be pursued. You want to make sure this is not restless leg syndrome which would change your treatment. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Can pheochromocytoma cause restlessness, sleep problems and brain fog among other symptoms?

Can pheochromocytoma cause restlessness, sleep problems and brain fog among other symptoms?

Rare happens rarely: The most common symptom of a pheo is high blood pressure; tho sometimes this even is not present. Classically pheo presents with headaches, sweating and rapid heart rate, but insomnia and restlessness can occur; I hesitate in using the word "common" w/ pheo, as most docs will go an entire career and never see a case. Other, more frequently seen conditions should be checked for first. ...Read more

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Rapid heart beat bp up.. xanax (alprazolam) isnt helping like it use to..is there something stronger than xanax (alprazolam)? my anexity is causing eating & sleep problems?

Rapid heart beat bp up.. xanax (alprazolam) isnt helping like it use to..is there something stronger than xanax (alprazolam)? my anexity is causing eating & sleep problems?

Yes: You need to verify that anxiety is the cause of your rapid heart rate, with a medical check. There are a number of different, and probably more effective, medicines for anxiety, compared to Xanax (alprazolam). You need to be seen for an assessment to find the one that is best for you. ...Read more

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Can an extremely active cause sleeping problems?

Can an extremely active cause sleeping problems?

UNCLEAR: Your question is not very clear. I am not sure if you omitted a word after "active" such as thyroid, mind, or lifestyle. Or if you meant to ask something else. Why don't you read your question and see if you can provide a more succinct question. Here at healthtap we are happy to answer your questions. Thank you for choosing to use our services. ...Read more

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My daughter is 2 and snores badly, could this contribute or cause to her sleeping problems?

My daughter is 2 and snores badly, could this contribute or cause to her sleeping problems?

Needs an evaluation: The tonsil and adenoidal mass grow faster than the kids until age 8 or so then slow and the kid then grows faster.Snoring at two will only worsen, and likely create sleep apnea if it hasn't already. I would take the kid in to an ENT with a recording of the sounds of her sleep. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids could give you a happy well rested kid. ...Read more

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Can lack of eating cause sleep problems?

Can lack of eating cause sleep problems?

Of course. The: body is not happy when it is not nourished and this sets off lots of uncomfortable symptoms (stomach contractions, being one), but possible headache, dry mouth, etc.). Hard to sleep when feeling this way? Your body wants you to get up and track down a bear, or at least go out in the garden and pick a squash. Next question: why are you not eating? Have you seen a mental health or food pro? ...Read more

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Can fatty liver cause sleep problem?

Can fatty liver cause sleep problem?

Fatty liver: The simple answer is yes but there may be other reasons for sleep problems. You need to bring this to the attention of your Primary doctor and/or Gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I take 2x concerta 36 mg a day, what possible risks do I take with this and could this be the cause of my sleeping problem and stress ?

I take 2x concerta 36 mg a day, what possible risks do I take with this and could this be the cause of my sleeping problem and stress ?

Yes: Concerta , as a stimulant, can indeed affect your sleep and can also causes or increase feelings of anxiety. You are on a fairly hefty dose for an adult, and it may be your dose needs adjustment so you are not experiencing so much side effect and still get the benefit you need for your condition. As with any med, weigh how much it helps against how much it hurts to decide whether to keep it as is. ...Read more

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13y old(no disease history)have Adenoids that caused sleep problems.Recently had hypertension (140/100), tried different medications but did not work?

13y old(no disease history)have Adenoids that caused sleep problems.Recently had hypertension (140/100), tried different medications but did not work?

Several odd features: many things make a reading of 140/100 possibly inaccurate. Needs to be done ideally lying down but certainly calm and at least sitting. AND NOT TALKING. Then, there's half a dozen different bp med families. It seems unlikley that most of them would fail if given in sufficient doses.cannot say in your particular case, but generally, this isnt' a hard problem ...Read more

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Can Adenoids that cause sleep problem for 13y boy(no disease history) to be the reason of the high blood hypertension (140/100) that he recently had?

Can Adenoids that cause sleep problem for 13y boy(no disease history) to be the reason of the high blood hypertension (140/100) that he recently had?

Yes: Enlarged adenoids can cause Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). OSA in turn is strongly associated with hypertension, and removing the adenoids should resolve the problem unless there is another reason for the hypertension. See> http://bit.ly/1HbvipP ...Read more

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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read more

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Can anxiety depression cause loss of appetite and sleeping problems currently i have no appetite and sleeping can i eat meals evan i am not hangry ?

Can anxiety depression cause loss of appetite and sleeping problems currently i have no appetite and sleeping  can i eat meals evan i am not hangry ?

Anxiety/Depression: These are symptoms usually associated with depression, with a component of anxiety. Talk with your family doctor first to make sure there's no underlying medical condition, and then get a psychiatric consultation to determine if medication is needed to treat your symptoms. You might be able to eat even if not hungry, but this is not the issue. Depression is. ...Read more

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Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Yes: Though zolpidem (ambien) is primarily used for insomnia it can have other effects on sleep including sleepwalking. Discuss with your doctor if you have concerns. There are many alternatives. ...Read more

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Will taking 300mg of gabapentin short term only at bedtime for sleep cause any problems? Wd's etc.. Any recommendations for a safer med? Plz no cbt.

Will taking 300mg of gabapentin short term only at bedtime for sleep cause any problems? Wd's etc.. Any recommendations for a safer med? Plz no cbt.

Gabapentin: Is a good AED medication and it's also called vitamin n. And 300mg is safe dose. Insomnia, defined as insufficient or inadequate sleep, is a common sleep complaint that has been estimated to affect 25 to 35 % of the adult population. It includes difficulty in falling or staying asleep at least three times per week for longer than one month. It is a manageable condition by sleep neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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