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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Parasomnia (Definition)

of sleep disorders, too numerous to describe here. Wikipedia actually has a fair description of each: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasomnia If you think you have one of these, consult with your MD first and ...Read more


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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...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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What sleeping disorders are associated with sleep walking?

What sleeping disorders are associated with sleep walking?

Some are such as:: Sleep terrors and sleep talking, and both are self explanatory. There is also rem sleep behavior disorder and people, mostly older men, act out it is thought, their dreams in complex and sometimes violent fashion. That may be associated with parkinson's disorder or be post stroke in nature. That leads to the belief it is a central nervous system disorder based in the lower half of the brain. ...Read more

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Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Can nocturnal generalized seizures disrupt the sleep cycle and cause erratic sleep and daytime sleepiness? Will anti-seizure meds help?

Yes: That can occur and antiseizure meds would help. A sleep study with an expanded montage (more eeg leads) would be the way to evaluate it, or a several day ambulatory eeg. ...Read more

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What foods cause nightmares and restless sleep?

What foods cause nightmares and restless sleep?

Fragmentation: Quite a few things can cause the above. There are a number of sleep disorders that will trigger the above. In general if everything with sleep is otherwise good, fragmentation for any cause (pain, caffeine/medications, light, change of pattern) will go on to cause more nightmares/restlessness. Hydrate and practice good sleep hygiene (www.sleepfoundation.org). Seek help if persistent. ...Read more

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I am having problems with parasomnias. mainly confusional arousal, sleep paralysis and nocturnal panic attackss. What treatment would help me?

I am having problems with parasomnias. mainly confusional arousal, sleep paralysis and nocturnal panic attackss. What treatment would help me?

Get checked.: First get a thorough physical and appropriate testing to make sure there is no physical cause that could be disturbing your sleep. Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs and all new over the counter meds and supplements you may have started before this began, as well as caffeine, until this you have been seen. After the exam by your doctor, if no cause is found, you may be referred to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause restless sleep and dream abnormalities?

Can antibiotics cause restless sleep and dream abnormalities?

Don't know which : Antibiotic you are on. Checked Prochlorperazine (stemetil) and tramaset. Tramaset can cause difficulty with sleep. If you desire information about your antibiotic then you will need to share what antibiotic is being taken. Please clarify ; re-ask your question. ...Read more

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What can cause paranoia and sleep apnea.

Depends: Go to a doctor. The doctor can take the history and examine the patient. The doctor can take blood and urine and perform tests to determine if any disease states are causing these symptoms. It can be complicated. Is the patient suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder or is the patient taking drugs?. Is the patient suffering from a mental health disorder and the meds changing sleep? ...Read more

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How are sleep disorders linked with dementia?

Sleep and dementia: Melatonin is a molecule, which is released as a hormone of the pineal gland predominantly during night. Melatonin secretion decreases during aging. Reduced melatonin levels are also observed in various diseases, such as types of dementia. A common symptom of insufficient melatonin signaling is sleep disturbances. Melatonin immediate release is already effective for reducing difficulty in sleeping. ...Read more

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What disorders are associated with sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: Sleep paralysis does not have to be associated with a sleep disorder as it can be a normal phenomenon especially in people that are sleep deprived. It is simply a marker of being sleepy for whatever reason. It can be seen in narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, sleep apnea, and chronic sleep deprivation. It can also be a normal phenomenon in individuals without any of those circumstances. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

Sleep phase disorder: Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders can occur for a number of reasons, and can best be assessed initially by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. A sleep study is usually ordered if the Doc believes it is a true Circadian Rhythm disorder as opposed to sleep habits. Don't let it go, sleep is a central component to overall health and emotional health. ...Read more

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Are nocturnal epilepsy and asperger's related?

Are nocturnal epilepsy and asperger's related?

No: Epilepsy is a separate disorder. It does occur more often in the autistic spectrum disorders than in normal population. Seizures from sleep are just an interesting variation of epilepsy. There is a benign form commonly seen in children that disappears with age. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Not a cause: Paranoia does not cause sleep apnea. Medicines that are used to control paranoia may cause or aggravate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, obesity, upper airway narrowing and pulmonary hypertension and is a very common problem. ...Read more

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Are my medications causing restless sleep and abnormal dreams.

Are my medications causing restless sleep and abnormal dreams.

Some drugs do that: Need more info to further advise you. What medicines prescribed or otc drugs do you take? ...Read more

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

No: Actually, gabapentin is sometimes used for RBD, but there is little systematic evidence of benefit. ...Read more

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