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How to change sleeping habits on 24hr flight?

How to change sleeping habits on 24hr flight?

Takes time: Jet lag stems from a disconnect between the internal clock and the external light-dark cycle. Don't expect to immediately fall into your same sleep cycle after flying across the globe. Lots of light exposure in the morning can help, as can a dark environment and melotonin at night. This is an unnatural problem often requiring unnatural solutions, and prescription sleep meds can help immensely. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How to know if i need to change my sleep habits?

How to know if i need to change my sleep habits?

If sleep quality or: quantity are poor - make changes to sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. 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 ...Read more

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Will a change in sleep habit effect your appetite?

Will a change in sleep habit effect your appetite?

Yes: Two hormones, leptin and ghrelin, seem to be the link between sleep and appetite.

Insomnia decreases leptin, which is the hormone that tells our brains when we're full.

Insomnia also increases ghrelin, which stimulates appetite.

These two hormonal changes--less satiety-inducing leptin and more appetite-inducing ghrelin--can promote overeating and obesity. ...Read more

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How do I know if i need to change my sleep habits?

How do I know if i need to change my sleep habits?

Do wake up feeling : Tired or unfreshed? Do you get less than 7 hours of sleep per night? Do you sleep at erratic hours? Is your sleep restless? Are you sleepy through out the day? If yes to these - ensure that you are using sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ;. ...Read more

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How can I change my sleep habits? I am awake during the night and sleep during the day?

Slow changes: You'll need to slowly change the times you are awake and asleep by shifting things by an hour or so a week until you shift back to a normal day-night pattern. Using natural sleep aids like l-theanine and magnesium to help you sleep during night hours will help your body calm down and allow this change. Check local health food store for help with supplements. ...Read more

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How do I change my sleep habits using melatonin?

How do I change my sleep habits using melatonin?

Nighty night: Take melatonin at least 1 hour before bedtime. Remember good sleep habits (limit caffeine, no exercise late in the day, unplug from electronics at least 1 hour before bedtime, no glowing lights near bed). Sweet dreams! ...Read more

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What's the best way for me to change my sleeping habits?

What's the best way for me to change my sleeping habits?

Institute healthy : Ones. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. 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. ...Read more

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What happens to your body when you suddenly change your sleeping habits?

What happens to your body when you suddenly change your sleeping habits?

Depends: That depends upon what pattern you have had and how you are changing it. Everyone needs 8-10 hours of sleep. Some people can get by on 6, but any less than that is not enough. It is best to sleep on a consistent pattern as far as time of going to sleep and awakening. If you take daytime naps you may have trouble falling asleep at night. I hope this answers your question. If not be more specific ...Read more

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Does change in sleep habit causes head pain?

Does change in sleep habit causes head pain?

Head pain : Can had many reasons lack of sleep can be among them. ...Read more

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What are some was to change poor sleeping habits?

Good sleep hygiene: Google 'good sleep hygiene' . And you will find multiple sites that tell you what to change. For eg no tv in bed. Going to bed and waking consistently, eight hours, noo caffeine etc.. ...Read more

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I don't sleep early. I sleep very late in the night & for not more than 4-5 hours. I want to change my sleeping habits & have more rest + calmness.

I don't sleep early. I sleep very late in the night & for not more than 4-5 hours. I want to change my sleeping habits & have more rest + calmness.

Sleep hygeine: Make bed room for sleep only take work and TV out of room. Take light out of room while sleeping and keep quiet or white noise as needed. Can try natural herbal teas and/or melatonin prior to sleep time as well. Avoid exercise at least 2 hours prior to sleep time. ...Read more

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Possible reason for missed period, 3 months late? Not really stressed, no extreme diet/exercise, no extreme changes in sleeping habits. 18 yo virgin.

Possible reason for missed period, 3 months late? Not really stressed, no extreme diet/exercise, no extreme changes in sleeping habits. 18 yo virgin.

Amenorrhea: Here are possible causes: anovulatory cycles (hormonal imbalance), polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disease, medication/s taken, metabolic disorder, brain mass, high prolactin levels. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can I do to change my habit of sleeping in the afternoon?

If you are : Healthy it is a bad habit at your age and reflects lack of interest or energy or both. Look to your diet, particularly its sugar content as being bad for you. ...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.
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Can psych medications shrink the size of your heart? Or is it from the changed habits like sleeping too much, and decreased activity

Can psych medications shrink the size of your heart? Or is it from the changed habits like sleeping too much, and decreased activity

No: No, psychiatric medications do not shrink the size of your heart. Psychiatric illnesses like depression can decrease your activity level, though. ...Read more

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Period 3 days late, last had sex June. Got 3 periods after. No preg symptoms. Got new job? Sleep habits changed cause of job. Is pregnancy possible?

No: With 3 normal periods and no pregnancy symptoms, pregnancy is unlikely. Stress, ( such as change in sleep patterns) hormonal changes due in part to drastic weight changes could also affect menstruation. ...Read more

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Every night i had stay late and sleep only 5 hours. Is it a problem ?If this a problem how can I change this habit ?

Every night i had stay late and sleep only 5 hours. Is it a problem ?If this a problem how can I change this habit ?

No sleep: If no physical causes, as determined by ruling out medical causes for insomnia through thorough physical exam & laboratory workup, then u may try the sleep hygiene techniques. ...Read more

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Can sleeping habits effect bipolar mood changes? Or the level of intensity?

Can sleeping habits effect bipolar mood changes? Or the level of intensity?

Ansolutely: There are even case reports of circadian rhythm disturbances causing bipolar disorder which has cleared up when the circadian rhythm sleep disturbance was treated. Good sleep hygiene is essential to good mood control. Insomnia is a well-known trigger for hypomania and mania.For sleep hygiene tips see one of dr. Heidi fowler's excellent explanations on healthtap. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I realise i suffer from sleep apnea for a long time although i don't snore .What changes in my habits should I make to reduce the resulting fatigue?

I realise i suffer from sleep apnea for a long time although i don't snore .What changes in my habits should I make to reduce the resulting fatigue?

It's hard to say.: I see you are only 19 years old. You should have a sleep study to determine what type of sleep apnea you have---obstructive, central, or a mix of the both.

Obesity is a major risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common form .

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that should be managed. All the best. ...Read more

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Am i bipolar/ or experiencing an episode? I've been having breakouts of anger a lot and been having really bad anxiety. I feel bad most days and been sleeping a lot more. My food habits have changed dramatically.

Am i bipolar/ or experiencing an episode? I've been having breakouts of anger a lot and been having really bad anxiety. I feel bad most days and been sleeping a lot more. My food habits have changed dramatically.

See your doctor: The possibilities of what is going on is a lengthy list. Start with a thorough physical exam, have your family doctor stabilize your sleep and anxiety. If agitation persists he or she can provide a low dose neuroleptic for that. By then you should hopefully be able to send a psychiatrist for a thorough diagnostic evaluation. Include psychotherapy. Go to er if you are suicidal or homicidal. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up with gas discomfort, i was told I'm Breathing through mouth while sleeping, how can I change this unconscious habbit?

Every morning I wake up with gas discomfort, i was told I'm Breathing through mouth while sleeping, how can I change this unconscious habbit?

Sleep study: You may benefit from a sleep study if your nocturnal mouth open breathing is associated with snoring. I doubt that your symptoms of feeling bloated are a direct consequence of this habit since you don't keep your mouth open all night long. More questions: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Virtual appointment Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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I sleep on my side and usually rest my head on my left arm. Wake up sore with chest and shoulder aches. How do I change this bad habit? (heart is ok)

I sleep on my side and usually rest my head on my left arm. Wake up sore with chest and shoulder aches. How do I change this bad habit? (heart is ok)

Soft cervical...: ...Collar?

If you can't change the sleep position, you might try one of the special sidesleep pillows such as:

http://riroads.Com/images/sleep_posture_pillow_1.Jpg. ...Read more

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How can my eating habits effect my sleep?

How can my eating habits effect my sleep?

Good, drink, sleep: Avoid heavy fatty and spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime. Eat a light snack. Practice good sleep hygiene. Sources:eating ; sleeping | sleep.Com
www.Sleep.Com/content/eating-and-sleeping
we provide you everything you need to know about eating and sleeping.
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Good sleep hygiene handout. ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Zasler
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