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Doctor insights on: How Does Alcohol Interrupt Sleep And Can Alcohol Cause People To Hallucinate

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How does alcohol interrupt sleep and can alcohol cause people to hallucinate?

How does alcohol interrupt sleep and can alcohol cause people to hallucinate?

Gaba and glutamate: Sleep is affected by dysregulation of gaba and glutamate receptors, in a person who is withdrawing glutamate is reactivated. Glutamate is excitatory which yields to hallucinations etc thru not only glutamate but other receptors as well . Downregluation of gaba also affects the sleep cycle. ...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 alcohol cause sleep walking?

Can alcohol cause sleep walking?

Sleep Walking: There are many things that can trigger sleep walking and excess alcohol is one of the possible triggers. ...Read more

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Will alcohol cause sleep disturbances?

Yes: People often get tempted to use alcohol to get them to sleep. After a period of repeated use it rebounds on you and no longer works. ...Read more

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What causes some people to get addicted to alcohol while others can drink and not get addicted?

What causes some people to get addicted to alcohol while others can drink and not get addicted?

Alcholism: There is evidence that some people inherit a genetic structure that makes them prone to alcholism. If alcholism exists in your family your chances, if you drink, are increased versus someone who has no alcholism in their family tree. High tolerance or the aha feeling upon initially drinking often indicates you may have the genetic makeup. There are many expert books on alcholism available. ...Read more

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How can I not drinking alcohol in social situations.?

How can I not drinking alcohol in social situations.?

Support: You need to find ways to support yourself. Many people find groups like alcoholics anonymous to be helpful to stay sober in even the most difficult social situations. Understanding yourself and your drinking will help you know how not to drink. Consider therapy for yourself as well. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

How long do you have to be drinking to cause the affects of chronic alcohol abuse?

Addictive Disease: Dr. Nora volkow, head of the natl. Institute for drug abuse describes an addiction as a: brain disease, which causes a person to engage in a behaviors which may lead to dire consequences, the person knows that, but continues the behaviors. It is possible to be addicted to food, gambling, sex, drug or alcohol. Chronic alcohol abuse can adversely affect every organ in the body except kidneys. ...Read more

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Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Does alcohol and drug abuse usually lead to memory loss?

Yes: Certainly in the case of alcohol, severe dementia can take place as a consequence certain psychoactive drugs can cause temporary or more persistent changes in memory depending on degree and duration of abuse. ...Read more

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Was wondering how much sleep deprivation does it take to lead to psychosis?

Was wondering how much sleep deprivation does it take to lead to psychosis?

Depends on person: Although this is individual, generally after about 36-40 hours of wake, humans begin to lose control of thought processes. Our bodies generally protect against this and cause us to fall asleep unintensionally. Chronic sleep deprivation that is more common is on more subtle level and causes more issues with generalized anxiety and depression symptoms rather than frank psychosis. ...Read more

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How can drinking alcohol affect someone with ocd?

How can drinking alcohol affect someone with ocd?

Alcohol can lessen: The symptoms of ocd temporarily but when they come back they may be even stronger. Also, alcohol interacts w/medication, which can be dangerous. Better to avoid alcohol and learn some techniques for stress management and ocd from a mental health professional. The very best to you. Sparkling water or just water w/lemon or lime is refreshing. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if people can die due to lack of sleep, how do people with insomnia live?

Could you tell me if people can die due to lack of sleep, how do people with insomnia live?

Difficultly: A human can not go more that 10 days without sleep. The body will shut down and death could occur. People with insomnia have difficulty falling and staying asleep. They too will die without enough sleep. ...Read more

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Can stress and lack of sleep cause brain cells to die and as a result MS someday? Any non-prescription meds to help stay asleep?

Can stress and lack of sleep cause brain cells to die and as a result MS someday? Any non-prescription meds to help stay asleep?

Ref: Time magazine: I think you'll find your answers best addressed by a well-researched recent article in Time magazine about sleep disorders, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress. I recommend after reviewing the article that you ask your physician to direct you to the local sleep medicine specialist who can provide diagnostic and therapeutic options. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol cause anxiety to get worse?

Does drinking alcohol cause anxiety to get worse?

Yes it can: Drinking alcohol affects all the cells of your body, including the ones in your brain. Especially after a time of "binge" drinking, they withdraw from the alcohol and respond with symptoms like anxiety. Mood changes like depression can happen too. Overall, it's very destabilizing for your entire system. ...Read more

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Can withdrawal from alcohol cause nightmares or general problems with sleep?

Can withdrawal from alcohol cause nightmares or general problems with sleep?

Yes: Improves in about a week. Can take longer. Avoid caffeine and sleeping pills. Also, dreaming about drinking is quite common. Sharing your dreams with other members at aa meetings and your group will help relieve anxiety about it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for alcohol to cause big problems both mentally and physically?

How long does it take for alcohol to cause big problems both mentally and physically?

Alcohol: Depends upon how much you drink. Whether you have other liver or mental issues or work around toxins etc. It varies. Too much too long, several years, can do it. ...Read more