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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 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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How can I go to sleep faster and fix my sleep pattern?

How can I go to sleep faster and fix my sleep pattern?

Sleep hygiene: Always start with good sleep hygiene: go to bed and wake up at the same time every day; discontinue all caffeinated beverages after lunch time; no heavy meals at least 3 hours before bedtime; no watching tv, no reading in bed - teach your body and mind that when you go to bed, you go there for the sole purpose of sleeping. If these simple measures do not help, see your physician. ...Read more

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How can I train myself to sleep on my back for good posture?

How can I train myself to sleep on my back for good posture?

Tough!: Best bet is to have appropriate mattress (get fitted at a sleep center), and avoid pillows. Rather, use a "neck roll" or rolled hand towel to support your neck while sleeping. I like to "cradle" my head with two pillows on either side, but sleeping on my back increases my apnea, so I am obilgated to stay off it while sleeping--so be extra cautious if you have high blood pressure or snore heavily! ...Read more

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How can I reduce my job stress to sleep better?

How can I reduce my job stress to sleep better?

Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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Hi! i want to know can Ambien (zolpidem) damage your brain, and if he can, can I heal my brain, i mean can the brain self regenate?

Hi! i want to know can Ambien (zolpidem) damage your brain, and if he can, can I heal my brain, i mean can the brain self regenate?

Ambien (zolpidem) Question: Sleep meds should only be used for a brief period of time as they do not provide a "good night's sleep." sleep hygiene is very important. If that doesn't work neuroptimal neurofeedback can help your brain reset sleep patterns. You can contact zengar.Com to find a therapist near your or info about a home training unit. ...Read more

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How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

How can I get my infant to sleep through the night?

Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?

How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?

Avoid night activity: Babies more than 3 months old can usually be trained to sleep through the night. The younger babies might go 6 hours before feeding, but the older babies should be fine until breakfast time the next morning. Do the same relaxing bedtime routine each evening. Put the baby in the crib, say "goodnight", and walk away. He might wake up off and on and cry but will soon learn to fall asleep by himself. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to improve my memory and brain power?

Can you tell me how to improve my memory and brain power?

Memory tips: There are some things that tend to improve memory; crossword puzzles, suduko, exercise, dancing, chess, anything that keeps you mentally and physically active can help improve memory and mental sharpness. Have fun! ...Read more

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What can I do to stop snoring and allow my wife to sleep?

What can I do to stop snoring and allow my wife to sleep?

Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your snoring. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more

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How can I cure sleep disorders and how to massage to take better sleep.?

How can I cure sleep disorders and how to massage to take better sleep.?

No easy answer : Sleep is the symptom not the cause what is the cause sleep disorder is the biggest crises after obesity what is not letting u sleep so u need to ask your self r u in bed by 9 r u following sleep hygeine rules r u watching tv with all bad news is your brain rested enough or going 110 miles is the temp good is the bed comfortable is your body comfortable did u take a great bath or shower r no fight. ...Read more

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How can I get my child to sleep thru nite?

How can I get my child to sleep thru nite?

Insomnia in child: Put your child in his or her bedroom, it might take a while till he or she be able to sleep throu the night. Make her sure that you love her and support her. Do not rush. ...Read more

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What can I do to improve my coordination, reflexes and brain fuction?

What can I do to improve my coordination, reflexes and brain fuction?

Do medical check up: At your age these functions should be normal if they are not, get a medical exam first. ...Read more

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I am too dependent on things to help me sleep. What can I do to sleep naturally again?

I am too dependent on things to help me sleep. What can I do to sleep naturally again?

See sleep specialist: Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health and well being. I would suggest seeing a sleep specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How do I train my body to sleep more?

How do I train my body to sleep more?

Start w good sleep: hygiene. 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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How to handle my depression and how can I fall asleep easier?

How to handle my depression and how can I fall asleep easier?

Good sleep hygiene: Is a start. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at >. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to improve my sleep habits?

Can you tell me how to improve my sleep habits?

Use good sleep : Hygiene. 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 don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?

I don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?

At least 6 hours: Ideally you should be sleeping for 8 hours straight on a regular basis. Less than 6 hours of sleep is associated with risk of cardiovascular morbidity. ...Read more

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I face a headace when i wake up in morning how to overcome it and due to it I am unable to concentrate on my study doctor please help me how to overcome?

I face a headace when i wake up in morning how to overcome it and due to it I am unable to concentrate on my study  doctor please help me how to overcome?

A.m. headache: Unfortunately, the information you provided is not enough to make assumption as to what causes your headache. Therefore, it is impossible to provide you with an adequate answer that would be successful in treating your headache. You will need to see a doc for history and physical. In the meantime, you may try simple conventional analgesics such as Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Hopefully that helps. ...Read more

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I can feel depression trying to hit me.. how can i stop this from happening?.. i need to keep my focus on school..

I can feel depression trying to hit me.. how can i stop this from happening?.. i need to keep my focus on school..

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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How can I improve my sleep schedule?

How can I improve my sleep schedule?

That depends: You should consult with someone who has experience in treating sleep disorders. Sleep hygiene is an important issue to be addressed, to help you to improve your nightly (or daily) schedule to provide adequate sleep. That involves having the right place for sleep to occur; keeping a consistent schedule; avoidance of caffeine and other stimulating agents, also alcohol. ...Read more