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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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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