Top
40
Doctor insights on: Insomnia In Adults In Children

Share
1

1
Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Are there any good treatments for insomnia in adults?

Learn relaxation: Skills (biofeedback may help -- www. Bcia. Org or www. Aapb. Org) & practice good sleep habits -- consistent bed & wake times, warm bed & cool room, quiet & dark room, minimize caffeine & alcohol, use relaxing pre-sleep routine, use bedroom only for sleep & sex (no tv, eating, reading, etc.). Talk to a sleep specialist or http://greeleypsychologist. Com/sleep. Xhtml for more details. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,709 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
If an adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, after countless testing, what's the least of evils to take nightly?

If an adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, after countless testing, what's the least of evils to take nightly?

Maybe Melatonin: Perhaps melatonin. 5 - 1mg nightly would be the "least of evils" to take nightly. Especially in women, taking higher doses may disrupt rather than improve sleep. Also lemon balm or hops as herbs may be helpful. 5-htp can help, and so can magnesium glycinate or other (not magnesium oxide which is common but poorly absorbed and can lead to diarrhea). ...Read more

3

3
I think my 2 yr old has allergies. I bought childrens zyrtec (cetirizine) but im afraid of side effects. Is it more common for insomnia?

I think my 2 yr old has allergies. I bought childrens zyrtec (cetirizine) but im afraid of side effects. Is it more common for insomnia?

Not really: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is able to cross into the brain and effect the thinking process. Most kids or adults are actually sedated by its actions, which is why they advise giving it in the evening. A percentage of folks will have the opposite effect, probably 1/20, which could interfere with sleep.The response is unique to each & consistent. You can try it once and see if the kid gets hyper. If not it should work fine ...Read more

4

4
An adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, who already practices good sleep hygiene, what's safe to take nightly?

An adult suffers from insomnia for reasons unknown to the medical profession, who already practices good sleep hygiene, what's safe to take nightly?

Melatonin: Alerian (Valeriana officinalis), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa), Lemon Balm ( (Melissa officinalis)), passion flower (Passiflora incarnata), Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lavender (Lavandula officinalis), St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) & are herbs which can aid with sleep ...Read more

5

5
Allergic reaction from Bonjela adult gel. Insomnia and palpitations. Is this possible?

Allergic reaction from Bonjela adult gel. Insomnia and palpitations. Is this possible?

Everyone: Is different so it could be do to medicine. I would stop it and see if the symptoms resolve. Talk to your doctor if symptoms change or remain ...Read more

6

6
What, s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia?

What, s the main reason of insomnia in an eldery adult (75) years post surgery which caused brain hypoxia?

Difficult to know: insomnia can occur with depression, worry, chronic pain, acute pain, congestive heart failure, caffeine or as a medication side effect. It can occur if there is reversal of the normal sleep wake cycle (taking naps in the daytime then up at night) Sometimes confusional states can lead to insomnia (eg, urinary track infection in someone with pre-existing brain dysfunction or a degenerative state) ...Read more

7

7
My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams vivid, safe?

My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams vivid, safe?

Maybe: If your insomnia is the product of a mania from bipolar disorder, then the medication combination you list is appropriate. However, if you are still having vivid dreams on that combination you need to talk to your doctor about tweaking it. In my experience, vivid dreams can be either a side effect of trazodone or from continued mood problem (i.e. Mania). ...Read more

8

8
I don't have any children my period is going on 9 days long and has neverbeen this long before, im having difficulty sleeping as well what could it be?

I don't have any children my period is going on 9 days long and has neverbeen this long before, im having difficulty sleeping as well what could it be?

Bleeding: The period is usually affected by many factors like your weight, medications, other medical conditions, etc. If it is prolonged, I suspect a possible anovulatory state. You may be having some degree of hormonal imbalance. You may need some blood tests to check your hormonal status and possibly an ultrasound. Depending on your age, you may need a biopsy of the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

9

9
Can I die of insomnia?

No: You can't really die of insomnia as long as you get some sleep. There are reports of someone dying from playing too much video games but probably more from being sedentary than from lack of sleep. ...Read more

10

10
How do I treat insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

11

11
How can I help insomnia?

Agree w Dr. Bansal: 1.Keep regular bed & waking time (even weekends). Rise same time each day, regardless of time you fell asleep. 2. Develop relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath/shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom is only for sleep & sex. No work materials, computers, & TV in room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hr ...Read more

12

12
How can I stop insomnia?

How can I stop insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

13

13
How can I treat insomnia?

How can I treat insomnia?

Insomnia: Start with looking at your sleep hygeine. Go to bed and rise at the same time each night and morning. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, not too hot or  cold. Avoid caffeine. Avoid large, late meal. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping. Physical activity may help, but not too close to bedtime. If your doing all these things and not sleeping see your doc. ...Read more

14

14
I think I have insomnia?

I think I have insomnia?

Difficulty falling: Asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more

15

15
How can I fix my insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

16

16
What can I do for insomnia?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 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

17

17
How can I treat my insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

18

18
What can I do about insomnia?

What can I do about insomnia?

Start w 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 reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Try>. ...Read more

19

19
What can I do for my insomnia?

Agree w excellent: Input by dr. Jacobson. Some specifics on 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. ...Read more

20

20
How to know if I have insomnia?

Relaxation: Anyone can have a few sleepless nights. Insomnia is a persistent pattern of sleep disturbance. Medication is sometimes neccessary. But natural solutions can be tried. Relaxation sometimes is enough. A simple technique is to focus on your breathing and breathe slow. Imagine something that is calming like being at a beach, listening to the sound of the ocean. Try this when you first get into bed. ...Read more

21

21
Why have I always had insomnia?

Why have I always had insomnia?

I would love to: Answer this for you, but I need much more information. I need to know your general medical history, the history of this disorder, what has not worked and what has, your sleep environment, your psychological status, and your family medical history. As you can see this is an involved process. Visit with your doctor who can eliminate some of the possibilities and treat or refer. ...Read more

22

22
How can I treat severe insomnia?

Severe Insomnia: Start by ruling out any med conditions w/ your doc. Then consult with a sleep expert to identify the sleep disorder. If its due to poor sleep habits, anxiety, etc. Consider getting treatment. You'll likely benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specifically for insomnia. It's usually short term work. ...Read more

23

23
What can I do about my insomnia?

Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read more

25

25
What to do if I may have insomnia?

What to do if I may have insomnia?

Ensure that you are: Using 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 reading or warm bath. ...Read more

26

26
How should I evaluate my insomnia?

How should I evaluate my insomnia?

Discussion with Dr.: Insomnia has many pieces. It can be problem getting to sleep, or staying asleep. Many problems cause sleep disturbance such as depression (a medical diagnosis unrelated to sadness), sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or even spouse abuse (getting kicked during sleep).Talk this over with your dr and arrive at an accurate
reason for your insomnia. ...Read more

27

27
Why do I have really bad insomnia?

Million $ question: Insomnia has many causes: bad sleep hygiene; side effects of certain meds; depression; anxiety; medical illness et al. Please see you dr for evaluation of any medical issues, including current meds. If all is well, have an evaluation for emotional illness including possible ptsd. Practice sleep hygiene. Only use bed for sex/sleep. No electronics, tv. Go to bed and arise same time. Sleep meds help. ...Read more

28

28
I've got insomnia, please help me?

How's your 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

29

29
How do I avoid developing insomnia?

How do I avoid developing insomnia?

By taking good care: Of yourself. Eating well, exercising and good sleep hygiene go a long way. Add to that dealing with stress well and you are on your way. However, this may not prevent all sleep disorders. ...Read more

30

30
How should I deal with my insomnia?

How should I deal with my insomnia?

Good sleep hygiene: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

31

31
How can I cope with awful insomnia?

How can I cope with awful insomnia?

Consider hypnosis: If you are concerned about insomnia you should learn about hypnotherapy. It is something anyone can learn, takes just a session or two and can cure insomnia without using medication at all. It also reduces stress. Find a qualified psychologist to help you learn how hypnosis can help. ...Read more

32

32
I have insomnia what are the cures?

I have insomnia what are the cures?

Vague: There can be many, many causes of insomnia- stress, psychological issues, illness, breathing problems, allergies, sleep apnea, etc. I would consider seeing your doctor, whom may refer you to a sleep specialist. Meds are not the answer, if possible. ...Read more

33

33
Hello I want to know about insomnia?

Hello I want to know about insomnia?

Insomnia: Sleep disorder in which there is inability to fall asleep ;/or stay asleep, followed by daytime functional impairment. It accompanies several sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorders. It can occur at any age, but more common in elderly. It can be short-term (up to 3 weeks) or long-term. It can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, ; increase risk of heart disease ; accidents. ...Read more

34

34
How can I deal with chronic insomnia?

How can I deal with chronic insomnia?

Sleep hygiene: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

35

35
My son has insomnia. Where do I start?

Sleep hygiene: Is where to start. Going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday; no tv, video games or other stimulating activities close to bedtime; a dark, quiet bedroom; no heavy meals before bed; no caffeine or soda after supper, etc. Lots of info on the web. ...Read more

36

36
What do I need to know about insomnia?

What do I need to know about insomnia?

Sometimes need: Med eval. Good sleep hygiene is important. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on >>>. ...Read more

37

37
I would like help for severe insomnia?

I would like help for severe insomnia?

Difficulty falling: Asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. ...Read more

38

38
How can I solve my really bad insomnia?

How can I solve my really bad insomnia?

Insomnia: To address insomnia look up healthy sleep habits. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like alcohol. ...Read more

39

39
I have really bad insomnia please help?

I have really bad insomnia please help?

Sleep Hygiene: Good sleep hygiene is a good place to start before medication. Stanford has a worl class sleep program. Check out this page for suggestions. Http://www. Stanford. Edu/~dement/howto. Html
good luck. You need your sleep to stay healthy. ...Read more

40

40
I have insomnia, what can I do about it?

I have insomnia, what can I do about it?

Insomnia: Check with your doctor to rule out any medical concerns. Exercise daily, maintain a good diet, limit caffeine and alcohol, and try to reduce your stress levels by confiding in friends with your concerns. If this does not help consult a mental health professional who can help you uncover what may be troubling you and help you develop better coping skills. Best wishes. ...Read more