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How does stress and lack of sleep make you overeat?

How does stress and lack of sleep make you overeat?

Complex biochem: Haven't figured out the details of biologic pathways (neural, hormonal) yet. Likely affects stress hormones, ghrelin, leptins, serotonin, dopamine, other brain and neurotransmitters. Nevertheless, lack of sleep assoc w/ simple sugar intake, xs calorie intake and weight gain. So is late-night shift work. Get rest, relax the mind (stress reduction techniques, meditation), exercise, mindful eating. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What vitamins supplement needed for stress and lack of sleep?

What vitamins supplement needed  for stress and lack of sleep?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to make up for bad habits that causes all sorts of stress on their body. The truth is that a healthy lifestyle with proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and prevention of disease supplements should be used to make up for a deficiency in your diet or imbalance in your system. ...Read more

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Wake up at night time fast heartbeat 120, 165/95 bp(normally 125/75)and feeling of panic.Gradually goes down, before episode stress and lack of sleep?

Wake up at night time fast heartbeat 120, 165/95 bp(normally 125/75)and feeling of panic.Gradually goes down, before episode stress and lack of sleep?

Panic attack?: It's not uncommon to have panic attacks wake you in the night. Lack of sleep and ongoing anxiety can worsen them. However, this needs a full medical evaluation to make sure of what's going on, so you can get the best help possible. There are good treatments for panic attacks with both medications and psychotherapy. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can stress and lack of sleep cause asthma to act up?

Can stress and lack of sleep cause asthma to act up?

Yes: Stress is a well known and documented trigger for people with asthma and may cause symptoms to worsen. ...Read more

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My fasting blood sugar was 104mg/dl. In a stress and lack of sleep laltely. Does a single reading diagnosis me as prediabetic?Is it certain i will dvlop dm?

My fasting blood sugar was 104mg/dl. In a stress and lack of sleep laltely. Does a single reading diagnosis me as prediabetic?Is it certain i will dvlop dm?

Not certain: A single reading is not diagnostic for impaired fasting glucose (ifg) or "pre-diabetes." stress, infection, certain medications can cause elevated readings. Yu need consisitent reading between 100-126 fasting to diagnose you as a "pre-diabetic" with an a1c that can aide in the dx. But most importantly, you have the control over your own destiny! eat less carbs/sweets, maintain good bmi! g luck. ...Read more

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I was overwelmed at work and have been feeling dizzy and had muscle tension. The ER sent me home with lorazapam. Is it a good medication for stress and lack of sleep?

I was overwelmed at work and have been feeling dizzy and had muscle tension. The ER sent me home with lorazapam. Is it a good medication for stress and lack of sleep?

Stress tx: Ativan is a benzo. Approved for tx. Of anxiety, short term insomnia, status epilepticus, or chemo related nausea. No mention of your weight but lowest starting dose for anxiety is 0.5mg every 6hr as needed as tolerance can develop. Should not operate machinery/drive as dui can result from even rx. Medications that are controlled taken as ordered. Consider talking to pcp to try low dose buspar (buspirone). ...Read more

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Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Misdiagnosed for anxiety/psycosis vs stress and lack of sleep inner ear infect and given lorazapam and then anti depressants could you cause l/t issue?

Lorazepam: Hoping your ears are feeling better now. No, being given Lorazepam in the er would not have caused a long term issue. It would also not be unusual for someone to have both depression/anxiety and an ear infection . . . With both needing treatment. Antidepressants combined with psychotherapy are helpful for the first, and generally an antibiotic for the second. If off Lorazepam now, no problem. ...Read more

Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

Sleep deprivation is when either consciously or unconsciously you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically in adult normal time is 6-8 hours. There are some people that require more (> 10 hours). Sleep deprivation can take another form in the type of selective deprivation such as rem sleep deprivation. Typically this may be med induced or ...Read more


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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