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How much sleep do I need to fully recover?

How much sleep do I need to fully recover?

Depends on WHAT?: You don't state what you are recovering from. Most people need 7-8 hours a night of sleep. Some more, some less. Most reading I have done, recommends 8 hours of sleep a day for good functioning and brain health. If you have been severely stressed, you may need more. Good quality sleep is important along with good nutrition, exercise and mental health. ...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 I reverse effects of sleep deprivation? Chronic sleep deprivation for about 3-4 years. Can I fully recover? I'm 16

Can I reverse effects of sleep deprivation? Chronic sleep deprivation for about 3-4 years. Can I fully recover? I'm 16

Define "recover": You can certainly function better when it comes to activities of daily living, job performance, mental processing, etc. when you get adequate restorative sleep. Depending on the degree of deficit, impairment of physical parameters during a period of growth may or may not be possible. The average 16 yo requires 9 hours of sleep/d with increases based on physical & mental excesses. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from twilight sleep?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from twilight sleep?

Pretty Quickly: Usually you feel the deep effects subside after a 1-2 hours. I ask my patient not to drive or be solely responsible for the welfare of child for the rest of the day. It is important that someone stay with them. I also think that they should not make any important decisions for 24 hours. I think that a cautious approach is the best. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from excessive sleep. I can't control. please suggest me tips to recover from this habit?

I'm suffering from excessive sleep. I can't control. please suggest me tips to recover from this habit?

Get an evaluation: You need to go see a physician and get an evaluation. They can make sure you are okay and help you analyze your sleep habits. ...Read more

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Best way to recover from 20 hour days with out sleep? Also when I do sleep about 6 hours when i wake up in morning i usually hae lots of pain. Help?

Best way to recover from 20 hour days with out sleep? Also when I do sleep about 6 hours when i wake up in morning i usually hae lots of pain. Help?

Insomnia can : It is possible to get pain from sleep deprivation. It is unclear to me why you are so sleep deprived. I recommend that you see your family doctor first and then if necessary get a referral to a sleep medicine specialist or a sleep psychologist. The human mind and body need sleep for restoration and cell repair as well as for growth.Lack of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety and chronic insomnia. ...Read more

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Could i recover from sleep deprivation?

Could i recover from sleep deprivation?

Sometimes need a: sleep medicine eval. Use 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 > ...Read more

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I'm a teenager & i get about 4-6hrs of sleep a night & wake up fully energized, is that healthy?

I'm a teenager & i get about 4-6hrs of sleep a night & wake up fully energized, is that healthy?

Not necessarily: Over the long hall your system is likely to show subtle if not dramatic signs of a deficit like sleep walking, sleep talking, nodding off while driving etc. 8 hours/24 would be the minimum healthy pattern. At 18 you still have 6-8 years of brain growth/refinement to support & it requires healthy rest. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have to take two or three days to recover from one night of late/disturbed sleep?

Is it normal to have to take two or three days to recover from one night of late/disturbed sleep?

Disrupted sleep: Yes. it could take several days just to get back into a normal cycle , like jet lag, essentially, off setting your schedule by 2-3 hours can disturb sleep as can dehydration that may occur during partying or intense activity. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/jet-lag/basics/symptoms/con-20032662 ...Read more

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How often does someone wake up in a normal sleep cycle? Even if they are not fully aware at the time?

How often does someone wake up in a normal sleep cycle? Even if they are not fully aware at the time?

Sleep cycle duration: We oscillate in cycles throughout the night between a light sleep and very deep sleep and through the dream states referred to as REM sleep about once every 90 minutes on the first time through and about 2 hrs. thereafter for another 2-4 cycles until we awaken again in the morning to the next day. ...Read more

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I never feel fully awake, even when I sleep enough. I can't concentrate for fully at work. I feel 'foggy' - what can I do?

I never feel fully awake, even when I sleep enough. I can't concentrate for fully at work. I feel 'foggy' - what can I do?

Not restful sleep?: A person may not be getting restful sleep, due to snoring, being in the "wrong" sleep stages, or other problems. She can be tired in the daytime, and sometimes irritable or even hyperactive. Also, there may be a non-sleep issue, such as anemia, medication side effects, thyroid imbalances, etc... A visit to her primary care doctor, and maybe a sleep study and lab tests, can be helpful. ...Read more

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When having poor sleep for let's say a month. Is it possible for the body to recover and still grow at its normal rate as i'm still 17 and how?

When having poor sleep for let's say a month. Is it possible for the body to recover and still grow at its normal rate as i'm still 17 and how?

Hard to say: At 17 most males are end of their natural growth. If you entered puberty at the same time as your peers you are likely done. Good sleep, diet and exercise do support good growth, but a month of irregular sleep has little impact on the process. An xray of your wrist and hand could show some growth potential if your growth centers remain open. ...Read more

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Is Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome life-treathing? In fact, this makes me FULLY awake during my classes but in the evening I have big problems...

Is Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome life-treathing? In fact, this makes me FULLY awake during my classes but in the evening I have big problems...

Try to treat it: Currently ASPD is not known to be more life-threatening than, say, obstructive sleep apnea. ASPD patients usually fall asleep between 6-8pm & wake up before dawn. Treating ASPD with bright light therapy in the evenings or with chronotherapy would be the most healthful approach for you. See a sleep specialist. http://www.sleepassociation.org/index.php?p=advancedsleepphasesyndrome ...Read more

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Can overdosing on sleeping pills affect a person mentally after he recovers?

Can overdosing on sleeping pills affect a person mentally after he recovers?

Yes: There can be lasting effects to some of the medications themselves or side effects from being induced into a deeper than usual sleep state. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's anyway to feel fully rested when only sleeping 4 hours a day?

Unlikely: The typical adult needs between 6-8 hours of sleep on average to feel adequately rested. 4 hours a day for a long period of time is likely going to be detrimental both physically and mentally. ...Read more

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Why all I want to do is sleep when im not working. Even if it means I neglect other important task. Fyi I am a recovering alcoholic addict.?

Consider Depression: The dividing line between "normal" exhaustion as address by dr. Brown, and the neurotransmitter depletion that results in depression is a very blurry one. Any mammal that is under chronic stress may become depleted in 3 to 6 months and then show the signs of depression. An evaluation by your primary care physician or a mental health professional would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Took 3 mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and im still fully awake 2 hours later. I still have 10 hours I can sleep. Csn I take another 3 or cut one in half?

Took 3 mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and im still fully awake 2 hours later. I still have 10 hours I can sleep. Csn I take another 3 or cut one in half?

Above FDA limit: The FDA limit per day is 3mg, and they are actually now recommending less than that. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm397453.htm There are other meds and behavioral therapies that can be more successful in the long term if a current medication is not working. ...Read more

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Sleep deprived (3-4 hours for 3 years). Find myself not able to work out problems, retain info as good a before. Can I recover with sleep? Perm dumb?

Yes: Sleep deprivation due to opposite work hours has been shown to reverse with daytime employment. Get a checkup and labs to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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I take Lexotanil 4 Sleep, I was erected during sex then i sleep when it wasn't fully erected, i wake up and it"s erected, can this 5 hours cause damge?

I take Lexotanil 4 Sleep, I was erected during sex then i sleep when it wasn't fully erected, i wake up and it"s erected, can this 5 hours cause damge?

No, don't worry: Waking erections are very, very common and they don't cause any harm at all. Your sexual functioning as you describe it is fine. Your anxiety is showing however. Talk w/ the provider who prescribed for you and if possible, consider some counseling to help you understand things that do not need to worry you. Best! ...Read more