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How Much Naptime Sleep To Avoid Fatigue
Varies: Many people do not feel the need to nap at all during the day. It will help your energy if you use that time to exercise instead. If you do need to nap, however, authorities now believe you can accomplish as much with a "power nap" of 10-15 min. Than with a longer nap that may leave you feeling loggy. ...Read more
Light and Oxygen: If you feel you have more daytime sleepiness than you should given your work and sleep schedule see your doctor - sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can disrupt sleep without you knowing it. General tips - try to keep to a regular schedule of light and dark (without that your circadian rhythms will be messed up and you'll have trouble waking up. Also regular exercise, but not too late. ...Read more
Hypersomnia...: It can be tough! Great question. Often times medication needs to be used and carefully titrated to get you to a place for you feel optimally better. Recommend you work with a doctor who takes their time and is willing to try a number of meds. Most important sleep hygeine rec: find a way to make sure you get up at a set time every day and have a structured day of activities to keep busy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it bad to sleep too much? I always find myself napping during the day and sleeping at night for long hours. Can too much sleep be harmful?
Enough sleep: Make sure you get enough hours of sleep, people are different, some people need 6-7 hours and some people need 10 hours but in average we need 7.5-8 hours. If you still sleepy despite of getting enough hours of sleepiness we need to check the sleep quality , at that point you need to see sleep doctor. ...Read more
Here are some...: suggestions for better daytime sleep: Tell your family, friends and neighbors about your schedule so they can help not to interrupt your sleep. Consider posting a sign on your door stating that you are a daytime sleeper. Consider extra-dark shades or an eye mask. Consider having soothing background noise if this helps you to sleep. make sure the temperature is cool. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Can too much dopamine after exercise lead to psychosis? Can too much dopamine leave one up all night long.
Not likely to either: However what is too much in both questions? ...Read more
Working irregular shifts. Days/nights mixed up, sleep not restful. Too restless for melatonin to work, too fatigued to stay awake to reset schedule?
Sleep hygiene: Best way to reset your clock is to start sleeping at regular hours. If switching shifts cannot be avoided, planning for expected changes in shift schedule like lighting adjustment and sleep hygiene with darkening the room, avoiding noise and blue light before sleep time will help. ...Read more
Stay in present: Staying in the present as much as possible can help to avoid over-thinking -- but some thinking can be a good (not bad) thing. Ruminating about the past and worrying about the future generally increases feelings of stress, when it's only in the present moment that we can make a difference in whatever is actually happening. Mindfulness, breathing exercises, & yoga, can all help train your mind. ...Read more
How do you teach your body to sleep without sleep aides when you already exercise, eat right and have good sleep hygiene? And I use no caffeine. ??
Magnesium,Relaxation: Magnesium deficiency is common & causes insomnia.Supplementing with mag. glycinate or taurate or a warm bath with epsom salts before bed can help.See http://bit.ly/1dpAi09. Relaxation techniques can be helpful- see http://bit.ly/1w73BeJ & http://bit.ly/1jGRrm3.Search "sleep relaxation" on youtube for guided meditations & music. Many sleep better if they turn off wi-fi! See http://bit.ly/1igRs4g ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't procrastinate: There is no legal way for you to be taking medication to reduce sleep for the sole purpose of studying. Decreasing your sleep while studying is likely to lead to poorer performance than if you had not procrastinated in the first place. If your difficulty is with procrastination, please get into therapy to deal with that. Please don't forget the crash from caffeine is likely to impair your performance in the long-haul anyway. It is certainly not helpful in this situation. Would you want your surgeon to cram for your operation the night before he operates? Would you want him to consume a lot of caffeine? Worse yet, would you like him to be on stimulants while operating on you? Please learn to live life without these crutches. ...Read more
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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