Top 20 Doctor insights on: Insomnia in adults in children

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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