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How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?

How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?

Balance w/melatonin: Melatonin which helps regulate your circadian (light /dark cycle) rhythm works in balance with serotonin. Light shifts the balance to serotonin, -mood and wakefulness darkness shifts it to melatonin-helps you sleep. ...Read more

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Serotonin (Definition)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating ...Read more


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When you exercise, your body temperature rises. Does this make your melatonin levels decrease?

When you exercise, your body temperature rises. Does this make your melatonin levels decrease?

Actually variable: Effects. The effect of exercise on melatonin levels is variable depending on the timing of the exercise during the day and the intensity. Late night intense exercise has been demonstrated to lead to an acute increase in melatonin levels, not so true with late night low intensity exercise. While daytime exercise(whether high or low intensity) seems to have limited effect on melatonin. ...Read more

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What does meditation do if you fall asleep during? Does your mind still activelly take it all in?

What does meditation do if you fall asleep during? Does your mind still activelly take it all in?

Not uncommon, but no: If you fall asleep during meditation, it may be relaxing you which is not a bad thing. However, if you are sleeping you are not meditating. Many people fall asleep when they meditate before bed, especially if they are lying down. Try a different time of day and an upright position, seated with a straight back. Start slowly, maybe 10 minutes. If you stay awake you can slowly increase your time ...Read more

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Does weed take out or lower your serotonin levels in your brain?

Does weed take out or lower your serotonin levels in your brain?

Can't tell: If you could know what you are taking, it would help. But what you are told is weed may be different from other weed, may be cut with something, is not tested for quality control, is sold to you in a chain that may not involve honest people, and may not be what was tested in any government or scientific study. What it does to your brain: anyone's guess. ...Read more

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If you take amitriptyline and it raises your prolactin levels will they go back down again when you stop the amitriptyline ?

If you take amitriptyline and it raises your prolactin levels will they go back down again when you stop the amitriptyline ?

Prolactin: Effects are variable. You will need to have yours checked rather than just reading about it. Discuss potential risks and benefits of your medication with your doctor. Elevated prolactin levels return quickly to normal if an offending drug is discontinued. ...Read more

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Does your testosterone level relate to how much hair you grow?

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Does your testosterone level relate to how much hair you grow?

Indirect relation: We know that giving someone excess testosterone can increase body & facial hair. If we give just enough testosterone to someone w/hypogonadism (low t), it shouldn't affect hair growth much, unless that testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone, which can cause male pattern baldness. Don't forget that genetics & ethnicity play a role in hair growth, too. ...Read more

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Can you tell when your body is about to fall asleep? And how?

Can you tell when your body is about to fall asleep? And how?

Sleep hygiene: Good sleeping habits are essential for the promotion of a better quality of sleep. Suggestions to improve your sleep include: Maintaining a regular wake-up time, avoiding excessive time in bed, avoiding naps except if working in shifts, avoiding nicotine, caffeine and alcohol, exercising regularly early in the day doing something relaxing before bedtime. ...Read more

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Does thinking about sex a lot cause your hormone levels to raise causing DHT to raise and lose your hair?

Does thinking about sex a lot cause your hormone levels to raise causing DHT to raise and lose your hair?

Myths: No. Every male aged 22 thinks of sex a lot. Several times per minute, actually. This common and normal experience does not in any way change hormone levels or cause hair loss. ...Read more

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How does anxiety effects swimmers performance other than mentally what does it do to the hormones? Does it affect muscles? How ?

How does anxiety effects swimmers performance other than mentally what does it do to the hormones? Does it affect muscles? How ?

Anxiety's impact: On performance depends on the level of anxiety. At low to moderate levels it can enhance performance at extremely high levels it can lead to reduced performance or freezing up and inability to perform. For sports having the right amount of anxiety is important to help athletes do their best. Zero anxiety can also be connected to poor performance and an apathetic attitude toward the task at hand. ...Read more

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Can your sugar levels get low while you sleep?

Can your sugar levels get low while you sleep?

Yes: Yes, it can, especially if you take medication for diabetes. However, if you're healthy and have no endocrine disorder, there is no reason for your blood sugar to go too low when you sleep. You body would regulate the level of your blood sugar. ...Read more

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How does high testerone levels affect ones moods and ability to think? He does not take anything , never has but behavoir is erratic.

How does high testerone levels affect ones moods and ability to think? He does not take anything , never has but behavoir is erratic.

It can, but...: High testosterone can increase anxiety, aggression, sex-drive, etc. But that only happens when you're on supplements, particularly excessive intake such as Anabolic steroids w/athletes. It is unlikely his behavior is due to testosterone or that his testosterone level is elevated if he is not on supplements. ...Read more

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How long does it take for diabetes complications to occur when Blood sugar is continuusly high? Also, at what level does sugar begin to damage body?

How long does it take for diabetes complications to occur when Blood sugar is continuusly high?  Also, at what level does sugar begin to damage body?

Diagnosis norm 6 yrs: By the time complications occur it normally has been 6.5 years that the patient has had symptoms or has been called "Pre-diabetic." Once symptoms occur it makes it more difficult to reverse. Anything above 129 on the glucometer is considered elevated 2 hours after eating. Please followup with your primary doctor if you have high blood sugars or are now having symptoms. ...Read more

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Describe how caffeine can affect your stress level. How does it affect your cardiorespiratory system?

Describe how caffeine can affect your stress level. How does it affect your cardiorespiratory system?

Caffeine = stimulant: So it adds to physiological arousal that stress can produce. It will increase heart rate, alertness, and insomnia in some people. It can decrease fatigue and improve concentration. If you have high stress or anxiety, caffeine would not be recommended. ...Read more

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How can you tell when your thyroid is really low? and does it effect menstrual cycle?

How can you tell when your thyroid is really low? and does it effect menstrual cycle?

Hypothyroidism: Yes, hypothyroidism can definitely affect the menstrual cycle. Indeed, this is commonly one of the earliest signs in young women. Other signs/symptoms include cold intolerance (feeling cold when others are not), fatigue, constipation and weight gain. Because all of these have multiple common causes, the best way to identify hypothyroidism is a simple blood test (TSH). ...Read more

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How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?

Balance w/melatonin: Melatonin which helps regulate your circadian (light /dark cycle) rhythm works in balance with serotonin. Light shifts the balance to serotonin, -mood and wakefulness darkness shifts it to melatonin-helps you sleep. ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep at night and calium level is 10.4. Is this related?

I can't fall asleep at night and calium level is 10.4. Is this related?

Insomnia : Is a disease of the inability to fall asleep stay asleep or wake up too early. A calcium level of 10.4 is likely normal. A sleep specialist can help treat insomnia. ...Read more

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What causes a knee to fall asleep? Could it be from my tarlov cysts at multiple levels in my spine?

What causes a knee to fall asleep? Could it be from my tarlov cysts at multiple levels in my spine?

Unlikely: Tarlov cysts are not often a cause of radicular or focal knee symptoms. Numbness in the knee area can occur with localized nerve injury (cutaneous branches) or occasionally from L4 invlovement. ...Read more

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70yo active male, still working. On levothyroxin/normal thy levels. Unless I am being very active I fall asleep for as much as 2 hours in aft. Causes?

70yo active male, still working. On levothyroxin/normal thy levels. Unless I am being very active I fall asleep for as much as 2 hours in aft. Causes?

Osa: The most causes of excessive daytime sleepiness include obstructive sleep apnea (osa), sleep deprivation and medication side effects. Risk factors for osa include obesity, a short neck, snoring or witnessed apnea episodes during sleep. It is also possible these symptoms are not due to an underlying medical problem. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have been getting weird jerks in back, shoulder and leg when l first fall asleep.Not all at same time.l have low iron levels could that be the cause?

I have been getting weird jerks in back, shoulder and leg when l first fall asleep.Not all at same time.l have low iron levels could that be the cause?

Myoclonus: Falling asleep, this is not a problem. You may actually find the sensation pleasant. However, iron deficiency and/or anemia is extremely serious and a cause needs to be found and addressed. Be proactive. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My energy level drops around noon, I can't do anything but feel exhausted for 2-3 hours.Then I get energised again and I can't fall asleep at night.

My energy level drops around noon, I can't do anything but feel exhausted for 2-3 hours.Then I get energised again and I can't fall asleep at night.

How good is your: 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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Does antihistamine benadryl (diphenhydramine) effect REM sleep when used to help fall asleep couple times a week? I like my testosterone levels high.

Likely: Nearly all sleep aids affect one's natural sleep cycle- some more than others. Having insomnia is the least of your worry if you are on high dose testosterone. It is time for you to stop trading the future of your health with short-term gratification on your muscle mass. At the least, you will end up with pimples and shrunken balls. ...Read more

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How to fall asleep when you aren't tired?

You don't...: Don't force yourself to sleep at a time when you aren't tired, you will only make things worse, by driving down your sleep efficiency (tst/tib). Stay up until you are tired, then go to bed... Wake up a the same time 7 days/week. Don't take naps. Naps will completely mess up your schedule.. Follow this, and you will start to fall in to a routine and schedule. ...Read more

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Could somebody be so tired you can't fall asleep?

Yes: Your body may have given you a second wind which is over-riding your exhaustion. Try using deep breathing exercises to help slow yourself back down. Always try to use excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to. ...Read more

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How come I can't fall asleep after an interrupted sleep?

How come I can't fall asleep after an interrupted sleep?

Fragmented sleep: Is main symptom of major mental problems with problems to initiate sleep then to maintain sleep. Good appropriate med can help resolve that easily if you have a good doctor that does not use benzodiazepines to make you sleep. ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep no matter how much I try. Do I have insomnia?

I can't fall asleep no matter how much I try. Do I have insomnia?

Sleep: It is possible that you have initial insomnia. Try using good sleep hygiene techniques. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. ...Read more

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What to do if i lie down at 11 feeling tired but can't fall asleep?

What to do if i lie down at 11 feeling tired but can't fall asleep?

Use really 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 come after smoking weed i can't fall asleep yet i get so relaxed?

How come after smoking weed i can't fall asleep yet i get so relaxed?

Relaxing of course: That is one of the reasons use "drugs"...They derive some benefit out of them, however the trouble that it causes outweighs the benefits, couple of long term consequences: 1. A motivational syndrome 2. Increase the risk of psychosis by 7 fold. So i suggest you stop using and if yu need help to relax, please get proper help. ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep. Will drinking milk help? Or do I need a medication?

I can't fall asleep. Will drinking milk help? Or do I need a medication?

Magic Milk: Milk is high in lactose (sugar) and the addition of table sugar (sucrose) can also be helpful. Both sugars raise Insulin levels which in turn effects Amino Acid levels in the bloodstream. With insulin, tryptophan levels remain higher vs other Amino Acids so more gets to the brain. It's a precursor to serontonin, the "feel good" amino acid. Sleep isn't a guarantee but relaxation can be induced. ...Read more

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Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve, can't fall asleep.

Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve,  can't fall asleep.

Buckwheat pillow: can help. Like a bean bag chair it holds its shape better than a chiropractic pillow. Plus moisture cause the buckwheat to deform creating air channels. This keeps the pillow nice and cool. I used one when I hurt my neck playing volley ball. The downside is they are quite heavy. (you'll want to take it on the plane if you travel) I recommend getting a new mattress for the back (firm memory foam) ...Read more

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I can't fall asleep and have been panicing for no reason. What do you recommend?

Get help now: I would start by seeing your physician for a full medical evaluation including thyroid function test to determine if there are any medical causes for your symptoms. Depending on the findings your medical provider may recommend psychological treatment or psychiatric tx (or both). Invest in yourself - get this taken care of. ...Read more

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How do I break my bad sleep habits? I try to go to bed earlier but can't fall asleep.

How do I break my bad sleep habits?  I try to go to bed earlier but can't fall asleep.

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 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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