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What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

Initial Stages: Typically, night terrors are associated with the earlier phases if sleep and commonly occur before midnight. That is in contrast to night mares, which are associated with later stages of sleep and with rem sleep. Night mares more commonly occur after midnight, although there are exceptions. While an unpleasant nuisance, both night terrors and night mares are normal. Most kids "grow out of" them. ...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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Can dreams occur only in REM sleep stage or in all stages of sleep?

Can dreams occur only in REM sleep stage or in all stages of sleep?

Most common: It is most common in rem sleep but it can also occur in non rem sleep. Particularly deeper or delta sleep. ...Read more

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Is restless legs a symptom of fatal familia insomnia and sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is restless legs a symptom of fatal familia insomnia and sporadic fatal insomnia?

Not likely: Rls syndrome is unusual feeling of needing to move legs when trying to sleep. Reversible causes could be anemia or low red blood cells. Can be idiopathic (reasons uncertain) and falls in movement disorders and some parkinson drugs help. ...Read more

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How are depression and early morning wakening linked?

How are depression and early morning wakening linked?

Serotonin: Serotonin is one of the main neurotransmitters that helps regulate the sleep cycle. With depression, it is believed that there is an imbalance of serotonin levels thus causing sleep issues. ...Read more

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Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Is nasuea a symptom of fatal familia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

Nausea: Nausea can come along with many types of conditions. However, it's not a symptom leading to the diagnosis of any kind of fatal insomnia [an exceedingly rare condition anyway]. Here's a site with all kinds of information about nausea: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/vomiting_and_nausea/article_em.Htm. ...Read more

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Can melatonin be used to cure Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Can melatonin be used to cure Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Light therapy: Liight therapy can help with advanced sleep phase syndrome, by keeping you awake so that you go to sleep at a more "normal" time. Melatonin, on the other hand, can help with delayed sleep phase syndrome, to help you to go to sleep earlier. See a neurology or pulmonary sleep specialist for more help. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html ...Read more

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Is insomnia a symptom of sleep apnea?

Is  insomnia a symptom of sleep apnea?

YES: Insomnia is most often thought of as both a sign and a symptom that can accompany several sleep, medical, and psychiatric disorders characterized by a persistent difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep or sleep of poor quality. ...Read more

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Chronic insomnia treatments?

Chronic insomnia treatments?

Aromatherapy: I agree with dr. Ali. I am adding aromatherapy tips to his sleep hygiene info. 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. ...Read more

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What could be causing both sleep onset insomnia and sleep maintenance insomnia.

What could be causing both sleep onset insomnia and sleep maintenance insomnia.

Many causes: There are many reasons for problems with both sleep onset and maintenance. Illnesses such as alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety can be the cause. Metabolic illnesses such as hyperthyroidism are also a possibilities. In addition stimulants such as cocaine, amphetamines, decongestants, caffeine and nicotine can contribute to this. ...Read more

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What besides sleep apnea causes severe sleepiness?

Many things: Often, quality of sleep is an issue as well. It isn't enough to just be in bed for 7-8 hours, the quality is key. Room temperature, light sources, etc are factors. ...Read more

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Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Does Ambien (zolpidem) cause problems with sleep patterns and dreaming?

Yes: Though zolpidem (ambien) is primarily used for insomnia it can have other effects on sleep including sleepwalking. Discuss with your doctor if you have concerns. There are many alternatives. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Is obstructive sleep apnea curable?

Yes: CPAP will greatly help symptoms, this is a mask that applies a low level of air pressure to the airway keeping it from blocking during sleep and effectively treats sleep apnea. In most patients the sleep apnea is related to obesity. Weight loss will help and sometimes even cure the sleep apnea. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...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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How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

Sleep log: Usually the diagnostic workup begins with a 7 day sleep log and a questionnaire that determines your best time of performance. Medical, other sleep disorders and psychiatric illnessness must also be ruled out. A sleep study can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Possibly less: I would first ask if Alzheimer's (DAT) is the correct diagnosis. DAT is not always the correct diagnosis in cases of neurocognitive disorders (dementia). Other conditions also cause trouble with memory and thinking in advanced age and are often missed. If DAT is the correct diagnosis, Aricept (donepezil) helps slow the functional decline but not the actual disease process. New medicines are in development. ...Read more

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Can obstructive sleeep apnea cause mild autism?

No: Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by upper airway collapse or flaccidity. It can also be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Autistic patients can suffer from osa, but osa has not be found to cause autism, although children with autism can have worsened autistic symptoms from untreated osa. ...Read more

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Is constiparion common with fatal fanilia insomnia or sporadic fatal insomnia?

NO: Ffi (fatal familial insomnia) is an extremely rare condition (has to have multiple memebers of the family affected) and has numerous non-sleep issues. Constipation happens during the terminal phases of the illness. Constipation is not part of any insomnia. ...Read more