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I am having difficulties sleeping through out the night. I fall asleep&wake up after about 3 hours thereafter I battle to sleep again?

I am having difficulties sleeping through out the night. I fall asleep&wake up after about 3 hours thereafter I battle to sleep again?

Talk: Talk to your Physician. Your chemical balance may be off. You may have sleep apnea, or you may have one of many other irregularities. A sleep study may be in order. ...Read more

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Hard to fall asleep. Wake up middle of the night often for long periods of time. Is it insomnia?

Hard to fall asleep. Wake up middle of the night often for long periods of time. Is it insomnia?

Insomnia: Depending on the causes which need to be treated first. For primary insomnia with no apparent cause, sleep hygeine works fairly well. For secondary insomnia, your doctor can help you find the cause & treat that. ...Read more

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Wgt gain, insomnia (can't fall asleep/ wake up early) & constipation for about 1 yr. Are these related? What test should I ask my dr. To do?

Wgt gain, insomnia (can't fall asleep/ wake up early) & constipation for about 1 yr. Are these related? What test should I ask my dr. To do?

Maybe.: Well there are several things to get evaluated. Should get evaluated for depression but also for any type of thyroid disorder. Constipation for one year is not healthy. Make sure that you are hydrating and taking foods with fiber. Definitely should consult with your family physician. ...Read more

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Episodes of extreme cold/chills, no fever. I cover & fall asleep wake up sweating. Nauseated, fatigued. No diarrhea/vomiting, no other symptoms. ER?

Episodes of extreme cold/chills, no fever. I cover & fall asleep wake up sweating. Nauseated, fatigued. No diarrhea/vomiting, no other symptoms. ER?

Need more info: It does not seem as if this is an emergency and that you could be seen Monday by a PCP, but this depends upon a variety of factors. What other symptoms you may have, what you have been exposed to, and so on and so on. If, however, you are in any doubt, better to be safe than sorry. ...Read more

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I struggle to fall asleep and wake up every few hours regardless of where I am. Zopiclone did not help much. What might be the problem?

I struggle to fall asleep and wake up every few hours regardless of where I am. Zopiclone did not help much. What might be the problem?

Bad dreams: If you rule out the external causes mentioned by dr. Olson the remaining cause is waking during dreams. We go into rem sleep, in which we dream about every 2 hours at the beginning of the night and about every 75 minutes at the end of sleep. The bad dream may be awakening you without your remembering the dream at all. This is more likely if you awaken with a fast pulse.
If so, see a therapist. ...Read more

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What neurotransmitter/ bran areas control when you fall asleep and wake up?

What neurotransmitter/ bran areas control when you fall asleep and wake up?

Suprachiasmatic nucl: The suprachiasmatic nucleus in the hypothalamus regulates circadian rhythm in mammals. The scn receives information about light and dark from special cells in the retina. The scn then communicates with the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep. Thus, being on an electronic device at all hours or having the tv late can disrupt sleep. ...Read more

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Would 1/2 dose of 5 mg zolpidem be effective for sleep? I can fall asleep but wake after 4 hrs.

Would 1/2 dose of 5 mg zolpidem be effective for sleep? I can fall asleep but wake after 4 hrs.

Depends: First identify why you do not sleep well. Sleep hygiene is preferable to use of medication for long term treatment of insomnia. Try increasing daily activity, avoid caffeine past 12 noon, daytime naps and external stimulators. ...Read more

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I've had insomnia for the past few weeks. I can fall asleep but wake up 3 or 4 times a night. Any advice?

I've had insomnia for the past few weeks. I can fall asleep but wake up 3 or 4 times a night. Any advice?

Reduce stress: Generally insomnia that is new and short term is related to stressors at home or at work. Try and identify stress you can reduce in your life and use good sleep hygiene. Sleep medications may be helpful short term to allow a good night of sleep. ...Read more

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I am very tired at night but then unable to fall asleep. Once I do fall asleep I wake up tossing and turning.

I am very tired at night but then unable to fall asleep. Once I do fall asleep I wake up tossing and turning.

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 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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I have had sleep studies, many sleep meds, and still I don't sleep. I fall asleep, but wake up at least every hour. What else could I do?

I have had sleep studies, many sleep meds, and still I don't sleep. I fall asleep, but wake up at least every hour. What else could I do?

Learning to sleep: I would suggest leaving pills and western medicine and moving to yoga, learning breathing or meditation exercises to learn how to put your mind to sleep. To turn your mind off so that sleep becomes natural again. ...Read more

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I feel like I have 2 heartbeats. 1 is normal. The other beats rapidly. It starts just after I fall asleep and wakes me up & stops when I sit up.

Wear a monitor: You may be having supraventricular tachycardia or a mild variant that's a non-problem. It would be great if you could wear a holter monitor and clarify exactly what's happening. Your physician is very familiar with this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I found that lately if I fall asleep and wake back up I get a headache that just lasts a couple minutes and a fast heartbeat. What could that be?

I found that lately if I fall asleep and wake back up I get a headache that just lasts a couple minutes and a fast heartbeat. What could that be?

See below: It may be symptoms of sleep apnea. Do you gasp or choke for breath periodically at night, have daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, or night time acid reflux? Then those may be symptoms of sleep apnea. A visit to a sleep physician may help in discerning if that is the case. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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When I start to fall asleep I wake back up feeling like I've been holding my breath and can't breathe. What could be wrong?

When I start to fall asleep I wake back up feeling like I've been holding my breath and can't breathe. What could be wrong?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea, obstructive and central, cause breathing to temporarily cease. Other manifestations and associated conditions include morning headache, fatigue, need for naps, hypertension, falling asleep at inappropriate times, obesity. See a sleep specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pneumonia today. I'm trying to sleep, but when I start to fall asleep I wake up by lost of breath. I'm 31 what can I do?

I was diagnosed with pneumonia today. I'm trying to sleep, but when I start to fall asleep I wake up by lost of breath. I'm 31 what can I do?

Pneumonia: Your bronchi and bronchioles are narrowed by swelling. Medication from your doc should have helped. Go to sleep in an elevated position using multiple pillows. Consider an humidifier. ...Read more

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Recently I am having trouble sleeping. I can fall asleep but wake up every hour! I am tired but I can't stay asleep all night what's going on?

Recently I am having trouble sleeping. I can fall asleep but wake up every hour! I am tired but I can't stay asleep all night what's going on?

Need evaluation: It's hard to know why you're having so many awakenings without a full evaluation. Are you on medications? Using drugs or alcohol? Are you overweight? Do you snore? How is your mood and interest in doing things you usually enjoy? Are you sleeping in a noisy, uncomfortable place? There are many possible causes for insomnia. A sleep medicine physician or psychiatrist should be able to help. ...Read more

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Also I fall asleep and wake up ten minutes later in a panick and sweating what could this be?

Also I fall asleep and wake up ten minutes later in a panick and sweating what could this be?

Panic attacks: As we relax we let our guard down and panic when we realize it. Please start by seeing your doctor to rule out medical conditions. Then please see a clinical psychologist to learn strategies to manage your panic. You can do it. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?! I have sinus problems and they've been closed and Everytime I fall asleep I wake up gasping

How do I know if I have sleep apnea?! I have sinus problems and they've been closed and Everytime I fall asleep I wake up gasping

Sleep study: Ask your PCP to order a sleep study or be referred to a sleep specialist in order to get evaluated. In this type of test you are observed and monitored overnight in a special facility where your sleep pattern is studied. They can tell if you are suffering of sleep apnea keeping track of your oxygen levels and other parameters while you sleep. ...Read more

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Whenever I'm about to fall asleep, I wake up gasping feeling as though my breathing has stopped. Eliminated anxiety and sleep apnea. Anything else?

Whenever I'm about to fall asleep, I wake up gasping feeling as though my breathing has stopped. Eliminated anxiety and sleep apnea. Anything else?

Possibly asthma: Do your symptoms happen only at night? Do you have associated runny nose or heartburn?
Rarely, asthma, post-nasal drip and heartburn can cause you to cough or gasp for air while sleeping. ...Read more

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I'm only 31 years old and everytime I go to bed my legs sweat really bad then when I fall asleep I wake up in coldswests and im soaking wetplusiwakeup?

I'm only 31 years old and everytime I go to bed my legs sweat really bad then when I fall asleep I wake up in coldswests and im soaking wetplusiwakeup?

Air circulation: Try using a fan to move the air around in your room. Also try to reduce the room temperature.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Every night I fall asleep I wake up with a tingling sensation in the ulnar nerve distrubtion of my hand. Is nerve gliding a good tx approach?

Every night I fall asleep I wake up with a tingling sensation in the ulnar nerve distrubtion of my hand. Is nerve gliding a good tx approach?

Possibly a first try: Nerve gliding is unlikely to make your symptoms worse, and many people find that it is helpful, especially when combined with antiinflammatories and avoidance of pressure on the elbow. If symptoms persist, a nerve block can be helpful, as can wearing cushioned pads while asleep to prevent pressure and excessive flexion at the elbows. Surgical decompression is sometimes required if all else fails. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my side the arm and leg that are on bottom fall asleep but wake up when I move without pins and needles. Cause?

When I sleep on my side the arm and leg that are on bottom fall asleep but wake up when I move without pins and needles. Cause?

Nerve impingement: This can be temporary like when you rest your arm in the wrong position but could also be more serious like related to a nerve bocked by a bone spur cutting off circulation/nerve nutrients to the rest of the tissue. If this only happens during sleep, it is probably positioning and can take minues to even near and hour to return to 'normal.' look at the support of your bed/pillow first. ...Read more

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Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep I wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep I wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Itchy throat: Please see your doc to make sure you do't have a condition that may close your throught. After that, consider getting a food sensitivity lab panel. Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas has a good one. Eliminating the offending food (s) can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Right before I fall asleep, I wake up like a I can't breathe and I feel like I can't swallow. I have sleep apnea and this happens when I don't use cpap?

Right before I fall asleep, I wake up like a I can't breathe and I feel like I can't swallow. I have sleep apnea and this happens when I don't use cpap?

Sleep apnea: That's one of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Make sure you use your mask. Some people depending on the severity of the apnea will use a dental appliance or have surgery. Make sure your CPAP has a humidifier on it as well ...Read more

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I take mirtazipine 15mg for insomnia. I almost always fall asleep and wake up in the same position with my knees bent and achy legs. What causes this?

I take mirtazipine 15mg for insomnia. I almost always fall asleep and wake up in the same position with my knees bent and achy legs. What causes this?

Deep phase sleep: With out a sleep study, would be difficult to be specific but, it is perhaps due to you getting in stage 3, 4 sleep phase too quickly and not remaining in rem sleep ...Read more

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