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Sleep... How do I retrain my brain to sleep well at night?

Sleep... How do I retrain my brain to sleep well at night?

Sleep hygiene: Great question. There are many effective ways to do this, but the keys I have found for my patients are to stick to the plan and treat the wake-up time as sacred. Set a go-to-bed time for yourself. Set a wake-up time. No matter what time you actually fall asleep, get up at your set "get-up" time. And no naps during the day! it takes about 6 weeks to train your brain to follow the times you've set. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Can you lose brain cells if you don't sleep enough?

Can you lose brain cells if you don't sleep enough?

Yes!: Not sleeping enough can involve sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. Not getting enough sleep puts tremedous oxygen desaturation stress on all your major organs, particularly the brain and heart. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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Why does my brain continue to race as I try and sleep?

Why does my brain continue to race as I try and sleep?

Racing thoughts: If this does not happen in the daytime & you are not diagnosed with mood disorder, more likely it relates to having too much on your mind, especially things you worry about if they were not completed earlier, or worries about a task you are preparing for the next day. Sleep hygiene & relaxation/meditation might help. ...Read more

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Does Sleep Dreprivation cause Brain Volume to go Down ?

Does Sleep Dreprivation cause Brain Volume to go Down ?

Do not think so: No, I do not think brain volume changes with sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep increases blood pressure and hunger however. ...Read more

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What happens to the brain when you don't get enough sleep?

What happens to the brain when you don't get enough sleep?

Sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation can ^ risk for fatigue, irritability, v concentration, diminished memory, ^ infection rate, ability to tolerate stressors, blurring of vision, v energy level, ^ micro-sleeps, weight gain, exacerbation of psychiatric problems and can even lead to psychosis. ...Read more

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Does Brain get Smaller and Weaker , if you don't get enough sleep?

No: But lack of sleep makes it more difficult to focus and makes you more irritable. Sleep replenishes your body and mind. But lack of sleep won't make your brain shrink. ...Read more

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Does the Brain get Smaller/Shrink if you Don't Sleep for Several Days?

It may feel like it: But in actuality, no- there are no volume changes for losing a few days of sleep (even if you're up continuously). You will probably not be thinking clearly but no shrinkage to worry about. Try not to go several days without sleep though would be my very LOGICAL suggestion. If it's insomnia that's bothering then, see a doctor. If you're on guard duty...well, KEEP MARCHING IN PLACE! ...Read more

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Could sleep deprevation as a child have permenant effects on the brain and body?

Could sleep deprevation as a child have permenant effects on the brain and body?

Sleep: Not long lasting effects per se, but if you have bad sleep habits as a child, sometimes you can always be a bad sleeper, and when you are a bad sleeper, you can be more susceptible on getting run down and getting sick. Only thing that maybe needs to be checked out for permanent effects is if you have sleep apnea. Undiagnosed, yes that can lead to issues to your body long term. ...Read more

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Didn't sleep at all last night and I have two exams today. How to keep my brain sharp?

Didn't sleep at all last night and I have two exams today. How to keep my brain sharp?

Insomnia: If you didnt sleep then you are probably not rested enough, but since you didnt sleep and need to be awake and sharp, drinking coffee in moderate amounts should help as a temporary solution for that day. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more