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How would a neurologist help with sleep problems?

How would a neurologist help with sleep problems?

Depends on problem: If you have sleep apnea, snoring or persistent day time sleepiness, you may need an overnight polysomnogram. They may also order additional testing. Insomnia tends to be related to behavior, sleep hygiene or stress. ...Read more

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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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What is your opinion on the use of melatonin to help with sleep problems associated with a week of night-shift work?

What is your opinion on the use of melatonin to help with sleep problems associated with a week of night-shift work?

May help: Quiet bedroom-turn off tv, radio & phone; consider ear plugs; keep temperature cool but comfortable, exercise regularly (not for 3 hours prior to bed). Keep dark! avoid alcohol, caffeine, large meals or excess fluids before bed. Wear dark sunglasses if driving home in the am and avoid light prior to bed. Melatonin 3 mg prior to bed may help sleep. If not effective see your doctor for sleep aid. ...Read more

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Why do muscle relaxers help with sleep problems?

Why do muscle relaxers help with sleep problems?

Sedation: Most muscle relaxers do little to actually relax muscles. They cause mild sedation and thus allow patients to "relax" more. This sedation effect/ side-effect often limits dosing. Try other forms of relaxation (yoga, prayer, reading, etc) and practice good sleep hygiene for a better way to get some rest if that's a problem ...Read more

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I am on sertraline 100 mg I have stopped taking the amitriptaline and mirtazapine could you recommend what I could take to help with sleep problems ?

I am on sertraline 100 mg I have stopped taking the amitriptaline and mirtazapine could you recommend what I could take to help with sleep problems ?

Work w/ your Dr: ever a good idea to stop psych meds w/out professional guidance. Work together to find the right plan for you and add CBT theapy to optimize effects as well as learning skills to better life. This will include sleep skills! Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could a neurologist help me with sleep problems?

Could a neurologist help me with sleep problems?

Yes: Neurologist are a great first start to discuss sleep related concerns. Many neurologist are in additional board certified in sleep medicine and offer both perspectives (neurology and sleep). ...Read more

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Why should I see a neurologist for sleep problems?

Sleep: A neurologist is connected with the sleep lab that can help you diagnose your sleep disorder. ...Read more

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I have been taking amitriptyline (10 mg) at nighttime for ic pain and help with sleep the last 31 days. Will missing one night's dose be a problem?

I have been taking amitriptyline (10 mg) at nighttime for ic pain and help with sleep the last 31 days.  Will missing one night's dose be a problem?

Probably not: But why are you missing a dose? Did you run out of your prescription? Hoping you can get this refilled tomorrow, especially if it's been helping you. ...Read more

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Can I take 150 mg trazodone with halcion (triazolam)? To help with sleep initiation and sleep onset problems are is this too sedating?

Can I take 150 mg trazodone with halcion (triazolam)? To help with sleep initiation and sleep onset problems are is this too sedating?

Depends: How long have you been on Halcion (triazolam) or trazodone. This determines the amount of sedation you will suffer. Halcion (triazolam) is okay for short term use, but should not be used for more than a few weeks, because it is addictive and tolerance and rebound insomnia can develop. Trazodone should be only given at dose prescribed by physician, with any increase in dose determined by the doc giving it. ...Read more

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If you are having a sleeping problem, then which doctor office should you visit, neurologist, brain center, primary care or sleep specialist?

If you are having a sleeping problem, then which doctor office should you visit, neurologist, brain center, primary care or sleep specialist?

Who to see for sleep: Typically one starts with your primary care doctor who can - if indicated - order some screening tests like oximetry first before referring to a sleep lab for further evaluation. It is not unusual if the complaints are not involving significant snoring, that several different modalities of treatment are attempted including cognitive behavior therapy, medications, sleep hygiene protocols, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Chirag Patel
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Neurology (Definition)

Neurology is a field of study in which a person studies the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves, their functions, and their diseases. A doctor who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and nerve disorders ...Read more


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