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How Can I Retrain My Brain To Sleep
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have a problem of going to sleep, at night. I have all of the lights off but my brain seems to be wide awake. Any help is appreciated !!
So my dr can't figure out what to put me on.I need something to put me to sleep that wont make me grogy in the morning but shut my brain off at night?
Anxiety => Insomnia: Looks like you have anxiety/depression which could definitely cause/aggravate insomnia. Best to avoid benzodiapene & non-benzodiazepine drugs if possible. Ssris like your sertraline are good options. Amitriptyline is a reasonable option to help make you sleepy but you may need a higher dose (watch out for dry eyes/mouth, constipation & urinary retention). Or try trazodone to help both issues. ...Read more
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
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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