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Difficulty Returning To Sleep (Overview)

Difficulty returning to sleep is a symptom in which a person has trouble going back to sleep after waking up too early in the morning, maybe due to pain, breathing problems at night, anxiety, depression, medicine effects, etc


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I wake many times during night with severe sweats, discomfort in chest&throat area&headache, on returning to sleep i suffer nightmares.

I wake many times during night with severe sweats, discomfort in chest&throat area&headache, on returning to sleep i suffer nightmares.

Nightmares: As long as you have no cardiac history then this is due to the Epinephrine excess in relation to the nightmare. Its a typical "fright-flight" response to the aspects of the nightmare. Clearly something is bothering you either in your day to day life or past experiences perhaps in childhood. A psychologist may be able to help you. ...Read more

Difficulty Returning To Sleep (Overview)

Difficulty returning to sleep is a symptom in which a person has trouble going back to sleep after waking up too early in the morning, maybe due to pain, breathing problems at night, anxiety, depression, medicine effects, etc


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My 19month old won't sleep through the night wakes 2 times and refuses to let the bottle go he is always sick, how do I get rid of the bottles and get him to sleep through?

My 19month old won't sleep through the night wakes 2 times and refuses to let the bottle go he is always sick, how do I get rid of the bottles and get him to sleep through?

Throw them ALL away!: Ignore the tantrums that ensue without making eye contact, looking upset, or verbally consoling him. Buy open-mouth plastic cups, not sippy cups he can shlep around or take to bed. Have him checked for iron-deficiency with & without anemia; both can cause developmental delays. Take him to a pediatric dentist. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./ day; juice to zero. Watch him get healthy. ...Read more

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I wake many times during night with severe sweats, discomfort in chest&throat area&headache, on returning to sleep i suffer nightmares.

Nightmares: As long as you have no cardiac history then this is due to the Epinephrine excess in relation to the nightmare. Its a typical "fright-flight" response to the aspects of the nightmare. Clearly something is bothering you either in your day to day life or past experiences perhaps in childhood. A psychologist may be able to help you. ...Read more

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How can I get more sleep? I want 2 go back 2sleep, but i can't. Its morning & when the sky's awake, i'm awake.Has been happening for a week. Im tired.

How can I get more sleep? I want 2 go back 2sleep, but i can't. Its morning & when the sky's awake, i'm awake.Has been happening for a week. Im tired.

Getting sleep: Eliminate caffeine and alcohol from your diet. Make sure your room is dark, quiet, and cool, with comfortable bed. No big meals or energizing exercise within 3 hours of going to bed. Computer off at least 1 hour before bed, with established sleep routine. Go to bed and get up at same time daily, even on weekends. Take warm/hot bath with lavender. Drink chamomile tea before bed. ...Read more

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I have difficulty waking up even though I sleep 8-10 hours every night. What could cause this?

I have difficulty waking up even though I sleep 8-10 hours every night. What could cause this?

Many possibilities: Many causes are possible: thyroid imbalance, depression, cortisol imbalances, anemia are some of the possibilities. Please consult your doctor for an evaluation which will most likely include blood test. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. can stretchin or bein active help? have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. can stretchin or bein active help? have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

Disc: Most disk problems can resolve within 4-6 weeks without specific treatment except anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication and occasional muscle relaxants. I don't recommend active exercises involving your back while you're symptomatic. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing but stay normally active. If symptoms remain severe after 4to6 weeks, consult pain management specialist or neurosurgeon ...Read more

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I am having extreme difficulty getting back to sleep because of my anxieties. What can I do to calm down?

I am having extreme difficulty getting back to sleep because of my anxieties. What can I do to calm down?

Control the anxiety: Either seeing a therapist and/or using medications to control anxiety is the proper treatment. Occasionally biofeedback training can be helpful. Make sure you don't have sleep apnea which can somewhat mimic anxiety in the middle of the night. ...Read more

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I have difficulty getting sleeping i don't fall of to sleep immediately. If i wake in the middle of the night i just don't get sleep after that.

I have difficulty getting sleeping i don't fall of to sleep immediately.  If i wake in the middle of the night i just don't get sleep after that.

Quiet hour: Try and have a quiet hour before bedtime. Do no use electronic devices such as computers, smart phones , texting, etc. Play soft music, take a walk or have a warm bath. If these things dont work consult a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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