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How many nights can I go without sleep before its considered insomnia?

How many nights can I go without sleep before its considered insomnia?

It's always insomnia: If it occurs for less than two months, it is acute insomnia. If it lasts for two months or longer, it is chronic insomnia. Worrying about sleep, "trying" to go to sleep, and lying awake in bed for hours will turn acute insomnia into chronic insomnia. Don't fight it. A few sleepless nights is not the end of the world. If you're not asleep in 20-30 minutes, get up and read until you're drowsy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Can it be considered insomnia if you have trouble sleeping for just one day?

Can it be considered insomnia if you have trouble sleeping for just one day?

Acute insomnia: By definition, it is insomnia, but not chronic insomnia. Occasional insomnia doesn't mean that one is an insomniac. ...Read more

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Having trouble going to sleep could I have sleep insomnia?

Having trouble going to sleep could I have sleep insomnia?

Initial insomnia: What you have is referred to as initial insomnia. It is where you have difficulty falling asleep. Simple everyday worries can cause this problem as can psychiatric conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Practice sleep hygiene. Please see anyone of dr. Heidi fowlers excellent reviews of this topic on this healthtap website. If this becomes persistent see a sleep psychologist first and try cbt or over-the-counter melatonin taken approximately two hours before desired sleep time.If it becomes chronic see a sleep disorder specialist or a psychiatrist.Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many hours of sleep is considered insomnia?

Can you let me know how many hours of sleep is considered insomnia?

6 to 8 normal: Six to eight hours of sleep is normal.. But also the quality of sleep is important. I would suggest seeing a sleep physician if your having problems. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night, so I sleep all day. This can't go on, tried all medicines out for insomnia. Need help please?

I can't sleep at night, so I sleep all day. This can't go on, tried all medicines out for insomnia. Need help please?

Delayed sleep phase: It is a vicious circle, if you sleep all day you cannot sleep at night. You may have a delayed sleep phase synrome (in other words, you may be a night owl). If you really want to sleep at night and stay awake during the day, you have to put yourself on a strict schedule with no exceptions. Go to bed at a fixed time (use an alarm clock), get up 7-8 hours later whether or not you slept, no naps. ...Read more

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What are good ways to get rid of insomnia and go to sleep?

What are good ways to get rid of insomnia and go to sleep?

Why, then a plan: 1. Get an eval as to what is causing the insomnia. A. Could be simple poor sleep hygiene - low exercise, late work shifts, screen time, caffeine, environmental cues. B. Anxiety, depression & alcohol affect sleep. C. Range of other possible causes. 2.Reach out to your primary doctor for an evaluation of these difficulties soon. Whatever the cause, your doc can help you move toward a solution! ...Read more

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Can it be considered insomnia if you have trouble sleeping on a trip?

Yes and no: Many people have trouble sleeping when traveling or when they are away from home...What i call travel insomnia. If one travels more than two time zones, however, there is more chance that difficulty falling asleep is due to jet lag, especially when traveling from west to east. ...Read more

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Best way to treat sleep insomnia?

Best way to treat sleep insomnia?

Behavioral Treatment: The best treatments are stimulus control and sleep restriction. Stimulus control means only use the bedroom fro sleep and sex and if you are not sleepy after 15 minutes get up. Sleep restriction restricts your time in bed to the actual amount of time you are sleeping and only permits you to lengthen your time in bed when you are sleeping 90% of that. See a behavioral sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Insomnia can't sleep withot a pill?

Insomnia can't sleep withot a pill?

Need to discover why: You have not posed a question but rather put a question mark after a statement. Here's my comment to that statement thou. You'd be better advised to seek a physician who is interested in figuring out the cause of your insomnia and addressing that as opposed tojust trying to knock you out with medication. You'll neither be cured nor grateful to the doctor willing to accommodate. Good luck ...Read more

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How can you beat insomnia and get sleep?

How can you beat insomnia and get sleep?

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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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