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Doctor insights on: Heightened State Of Alertness

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Is having increased alertness good at night?

Is having increased alertness good at night?

Sleepiness: The answer depends, if you are a truck driver that drives at night, then yes, certainly. If you are a regular individual that is awake during the day and sleeps at night then not at all. ...Read more

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What medication is good for having alertness and focus to study for upcoming examinations?

What medication is good for having alertness and focus to study for upcoming examinations?

None, unless...: Unless a patient has a neuro-psychiatric condition such as Attention Deficit Disorder, doctors don't use meds to increase a patient's alertness and focus for studying or taking tests. We don't want students to use ADD drugs as "perfomance enhancing drugs". If worried, one can write down his symptoms he's had over the past 3 years, and visit his primary care doctor 2-3 times to see if ADD is there. ...Read more

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How to increase mental alertness?

How to increase mental alertness?

Alertness: Get 8 hours sleep, limit alcohol and other drugs, exercise aerobically daily and eat a plant based diet. Best ...Read more

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What can be eaten to aid alertness?

What can be eaten to aid alertness?

Energy: Carbohydrates, caffeinated beverages (within a reasonable amount), fruits. Basically a good diet will aid with alertness. Different foods cause differing effects in people differently. ...Read more

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What is a way for a person to increase mental alertness?

What is a way for a person to increase mental alertness?

Sleep, etc.: The #1 way to increase mental alertness is to sleep enough on a daily basis. Exercise is also helpful for a variety of reasons, primarily because it promotes cardiovascular fitness. Avoidance of mind-dulling drugs or alcohol can also improve alertness, as can engaging in challenging tasks that one finds interesting. ...Read more

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Is it true that low doses of nicotine can increase a person's alertness and focus?

Is it true that low doses of nicotine can increase a person's alertness and focus?

Yes: The effect is mild but it has also been shown to improve athletic performance. ...Read more

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I am seeking advice on how to raise my mental alertness. I feel I may be slower to respond to certain questions?

I am seeking advice on how to raise my mental alertness. I feel I may be slower to respond to certain questions?

Do quizzes: Brain excercise is as important as body excercise. Reading and playing mental games and doing quizzes serves as excellent excercise for the brain. ...Read more

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I'm struggling with a sense of constant nervousness and alertness. I can't seem to calm down ever, even in my own home. What's going on?

I'm struggling with a sense of constant nervousness and alertness. I can't seem to calm down ever, even in my own home. What's going on?

Anxiety, eval needed: Symptoms include those described, as well as restlessness, agitation, worry, problems with sleep. Many factors contribute: life events/stressors, medications, caffeine/substance use/supplements, and medical conditions. Anxiety not tied to anything is referred to as generalized anxiety. Recommend seeing a doctor for eval to rule in/out anxiety vs medical conditions. A link about anxiety is attached ...Read more

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What are some good breathing exercises for relaxation or for increased focus or alertness?

What are some good breathing exercises for relaxation or for increased focus or alertness?

Many Good Ones: Proper breathing is the key to relaxation/stress reduction and good heath! there are many good exercises. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art02039/the-art-and-science-of-breathing.Html for an excellent overview. Also check out http://healthland.Time.Com/2012/10/08/6-breathing-exercises-to-relax-in-10-minutes-or-less/ enjoy! ...Read more

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Is it okay to have one cup of coffee a day? And if so will you still feel the "wake-up" and alertness effects of the caffeine?

Yes: You may even have two cups. There are indeed some health benefits associated with moderate coffee consumption. Whether you will feel it or not depends on the individual. ...Read more

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How do i make my brain to work faster and increase my level of alertness?

How do i make my brain to work faster and increase my level of alertness?

Play brain games: I'm not sure exactly what type of trouble you're having with your brain that you feel it is slow and your alertness is decreased. Perhaps, a check with a neurologist would be best just to begin with to make sure all is well. But assuming you're just not up to the kind of snuff you'd like to be how doing something rather simple and fun like checking this website out: www.lumosity.com. I LOVE it! ...Read more

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Can you tell me how lowering drugs that reduce alertness aid in preventing pneumonia?

Can you tell me how lowering drugs that reduce alertness aid in preventing pneumonia?

Aspiration: If drousy just like not able to drive or work heavy machinery with out ill effect, eating or drinking, food or liquid with reflexes suppressed can allow aspiration which in turn can cause pneumonia. ...Read more

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Ashwagandha - has anybody had positive experiences helping with mental alertness & concentration?

Ashwagandha - has anybody had positive experiences helping with mental alertness & concentration?

Consider Bacopa: While ashwaganda (withania somnifera) is a wonderful rejuvenative herb, i prefer another traditional ayurvedic herb bacopa monnieri for improving mental alertness and concentration. ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to increase alertness and concentration besides ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Are there any other ways to increase alertness and concentration besides ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Mind games: There are many good mind games that force you to concentrate and focus and stay alert. Good games are available for hand helds, but even old card games like bridge can help. Playing music, painting pictures, doing photography, even knitting are other excellent mind exercises. My wife contends that cooking is an excellent mind exercise. ...Read more