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How do I stop my thoughts from racing at night when I am trying to go to sleep?

How do I stop my thoughts from racing at night when I am trying to go to sleep?

Meditation: Relaxation exercises helps the body prepare for sleep but many people can still fall asleep during periods of stress without difficulty. ...Read more

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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Why do I have racing thoughts upon waking, and when I go to sleep? I can't quiet my mind before bed.

Why do I have racing thoughts upon waking, and when I go to sleep? I can't quiet my mind before bed.

Intend: You must want an empty mind. Minds are built to think. They resist being quieted. Lying comfortably with eyes softly closed, pay attention to breaths. Silently count an even 4 as you inhale. Count 6 as you hold it and 8 as you blow it out fully thru lips. Repeat. Notice a heavy sinking on exhale. No other words or thoughts. Counting and feeling heavy. As others come, return to those. Again. Again. ...Read more

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Why do I have racing thoughts? It gets worse when i'm stressed. It makes it hard to study or fall asleep. The thoughts are unwanted and of an obscene nature (bad words, thoughts, images).

Why do I have racing thoughts? It gets worse when i'm stressed. It makes it hard to study or fall asleep. The thoughts are unwanted and of an obscene nature (bad words, thoughts, images).

Racing Thoughts: Thoughts that are intrusive certainly can be disturbing to you, and cause breaks in your attention and concentration. Why not have a consultation with your physician and ask for a recommendation for a psychiatrist who can better help treat your stress as well as your obsessive thoughts? ...Read more

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Why is it when I lay down to go to sleep my mind starts racing and drifting off to off the wall topics and violance?

Why is it when I lay down to go to sleep my mind starts racing and drifting off to off the wall topics and violance?

You may have ... : ... An underlying sleep disorder. Psychiatric disorders frequently cause sleep difficulties. Depression, anxiety, ptsd, are often responsible for such changes. See your md or a sleep md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Im not sick.... But every night i lay down to go to sleep i start coughing an it wont stop... Durin the day time i feel fine?

Im not sick.... But every night i lay down to go to sleep i start coughing an  it wont stop... Durin the day time i feel fine?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can't sleep any suggestions? I'm 20 and pretty healthy. This sleeping habit has recently started i can't sleep at night i normally finally fall asleep around 4am after tossing and turning all night. I have never had this issue, and i've thought about taki

Can't sleep any suggestions? I'm 20 and pretty healthy. This sleeping habit has recently started i can't sleep at night i normally finally fall asleep around 4am after tossing and turning all night. I have never had this issue, and i've thought about taki

Here : Here are some basic recommendations for getting good quality sleep: 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; sleep on comfortable mattress and pillows. 4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Have work materials, computers, and tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime. 6. Avoid caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hours of bedtime. Avoid heavy use of alcohol. 7. Exercise regularly; finish at least a few hours before bedtime. 8. Avoid naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching tv. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch tv until sleepy. Some over the counter sleep medications can lead to rebound (worse) insomnia if you take them for very long. Try good "sleep hygiene" before you reach for medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have thalassemia minor anemia. Been having some trouble with racing heart after I go to sleep - get up to urinate. I have no thy gland-meds. Anemia?

Have thalassemia minor anemia. Been having some trouble with racing heart after I go to sleep - get up to urinate. I have no thy gland-meds. Anemia?

Many Causes..: Mild anemia can occur with Thal minor. But I would look also into other causes of racing heart, to include cardiac causes soon. Recommend seeing your doctor for a full cardiac evaluation and some supporting blood work as they see necessary. ...Read more

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Calves hurting when go to sleep or don't move often. I can't seem to stop moving them at night and pain feels like tightness is this possibly rls?

Calves hurting when  go to sleep or don't move often. I can't seem to stop moving them at night and pain feels like tightness is this possibly rls?

Perhaps: Are you a heavy smoker? Are you overweight? Do you have diebetes mellitus? Do you have numbness of the feet in addition to the pain? Does your job involve repetitive movements of ankle flexors? If all these questions are negative it can be rls. See a neurologist to discard neuyropathy. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 2 year old sucks her bottom lip. She does it when she's not being active and when she's trying to go to sleep. How do I get her to stop?

My 2 year old sucks her bottom lip. She does it when she's not being active and when she's trying to go to sleep. How do I get her to stop?

Temporary habit: Sucking the bottom lip is a temporary habit , it will go away itself . Try to divert her attention by engaging her in some activity such as play .It is not (sucking lip) hurting her. ...Read more

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My 2 year old sucks her bottom lip. How do I get her to stop? She mainly does it when shes relaxing or trying to go to sleep. Her lip is swollen.

My 2 year old sucks her bottom lip. How do I get her to stop? She mainly does it when shes relaxing or trying to go to sleep. Her lip is swollen.

Hibit issue: This is probably more acceptable to most than sucking his thumb, eating his hair, or other self soothing behaviors. I would ignore it as the more you fuss at him about it the more he needs self soothing. ...Read more

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