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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)

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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How safe is self-Acupuncture to help with sleep problems?

How safe is self-Acupuncture to help with sleep problems?

Very safe: Both auricular and Chinese Scalp acupuncture can be beneficial for treatment of sleep problems. However, it may take a number of sessions for more robust responses. ...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?

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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Sleep problems about 4 ,onthes now?

Sleep problems about 4 ,onthes now?

Seek help: Not sleeping well for 4 months is going to take a toll on you. Have you talked to your primary care doctor or have a sleep study done? If not get evaluated to find out the reasons. Have you practiced sleep hygiene -- going to bed at the same time; no naps in the afternoon, no caffeine after 2 or 3 pm; keeping your room on the chilly side, white noise machine? In any case, talk to your doctor ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having extreme sleep problems?

What do you advise if I'm having extreme sleep problems?

See a psychiatrist: if you don't have a psychiatrist then make appt with your pcp. they may be able to help or point you to a good psych. if mood related then hopefully they come up with a plan. if no mood problems then see a sleep medicine physician. work on your sleep hygiene, exercise, no caffeine after 1pm, no tobacco, no alcohol... ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

What's a good treatment for sleep problems?

Cognitive behavioral: The most effective treatment for insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy. 1. Sleep hygiene therapy. This focuses on trying to make sure that the room that you’re going to sleep in is cool, dark and quiet, and that you’re making an appropriate transition to sleep. 2. Sleep restriction therapy. Retraining your mind to associate bed with sleep rather than worrying about not sleeping. ...Read more

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Can lack of eating cause sleep problems?

Can lack of eating cause sleep problems?

Of course. The: body is not happy when it is not nourished and this sets off lots of uncomfortable symptoms (stomach contractions, being one), but possible headache, dry mouth, etc.). Hard to sleep when feeling this way? Your body wants you to get up and track down a bear, or at least go out in the garden and pick a squash. Next question: why are you not eating? Have you seen a mental health or food pro? ...Read more

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Can sleep problems be a sigh of cirrhosis?

Can sleep problems be  a sigh of cirrhosis?

Very few early signs: Sadly, many have no awareness until the liver is quite damaged and those symptoms incl appetite/weight loss - weakness and fatigue. But read this article and have an exam/lab tests if you are concerned. http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/cirrhosis-discussions/general-support/3207200-your-earliest-signs-symptoms-of-liver-disease Best! ...Read more

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Do some eds patients suffer with sleep problems?

Do some eds patients suffer with sleep problems?

EDS: Can you specify what eds stands for? Some abbreviations mean different things to different people. ...Read more

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Is trazodone(desyrel) for anxiety and sleep problems?

Is trazodone(desyrel) for anxiety and sleep problems?

See below.: Trazodone is an antidepressent, called serotonin modulator. It's an antidepressant, but other uses for it include insomnia and anxiety. If you have any questions regarding this med, please talk to you prescribing physician or a pharmacist. ...Read more

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Can dementia have anything to do with sleep problems such as insomnia?

Can dementia have anything to do with sleep problems such as insomnia?

Yes: Many types of dementia cause damage to the part of the brain controlling circadian rhythms. This can lead to insomnia or unpredictable sleep-wake problems. ...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