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Is it bad if I need a few beers to get to sleep everynight?

Is it bad if I need a few beers to get to sleep everynight?

Yes: Mainly because it will cause you to wake up after the alcohol wears off, and because it will eventually take more than a "few" to put you to sleep. Looking at why you cannot sleep, eliminating caffeine in your diet, reduction of late night activities, regular sleep habits are all much better than using beer as a sleeping pill, or using any kind of sleeping pill. Ur doc/sleep specialist can help. ...Read more

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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


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Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Hello Young Lady: I've missed you stopping by to let me know how things've been going. Wanna go over your headache diary some time? I believe I sent you one, no? Hope you're not working in those hot places anymore. Headaches get significantly worse for every 7 degrees F elevation in temperature. Headaches upon awakening can point to something called hypnopompic type and that could point to something important. ...Read more

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Why is it that I can only get 4-5 hrs a sleep a night and then I try to get more and I cant. What could help?

Why is it that I can only get 4-5 hrs a sleep a night and then I try to get more and I cant. What could help?

Exercise: Are you getting enough exercise during the day? Limit caffeine including soda pop. You might try melatonin, which you can get over the counter. Also limit junk food. ...Read more

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What should I do to sleep less hours but have a better sleep?

What should I do to sleep less hours but have a better sleep?

SLEEP: You need a solid confined sleeping hours, uninterrupted in a dark quite room. Average 6-8 ours of sleep is sufficient. ...Read more

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I took some NyQuil because I could not get to sleep I took it at 6:20am and still have not gone to sleep. So I took a benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 7:00am. Was it a good idea to do that? If not what can I go to fix it?

I took some NyQuil because I could not get to sleep I took it at 6:20am and still have not gone to sleep. So I took a benadryl (diphenhydramine) at 7:00am. Was it a good  idea to do that? If not what can I go to fix it?

Others: Both products utilize the sedating side effect from older generation antihistamines and it appears that you are not benefiting from this side effect. Yet this may impair your ability to operate machinery so be sure that your alertness is not affected during your awaking hours. There are many reasons for insomnia (stress, depression etc?) . Talk to your doctor if this is a persistent issue. . ...Read more

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Is it bad to sleep with earbuds in while listening to music? I've never done this but i want to try it a few times to see if it helps me sleep

Is it bad to sleep with earbuds in while listening to music? I've never done this but i want to try it a few times to see if it helps me sleep

Sleep with earbuds: Generally speaking, it is better to sleep without earbuds in place. If you do, no harm will come, as i presume you are not listening to loud music while you are trying to sleep. The bigger issue sounds like trouble sleeping. A noise generator in your bedroom, playing soothing sounds or music is a better choice than earbuds. ...Read more

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I can sleep through the night fine. But if I try to take a nap during the day I get a bad headache. Why is this?

I can sleep through the night fine. But if I try to take a nap during the day I get a bad headache. Why is this?

Avoid Naps: If you can't sleep through the night, it is best to avoid naps. Your goal is to regulate your night time sleep, instead of playing nap catch up. Try to set a regular wake time and get out of bed after 20 mins of tossing and turning. I have more sleep tips in my feed or look up healthy sleep habits. Consult w/ your doc about the headaches. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a drink before bed to help me sleep?

Is it ok to have a drink before bed to help me sleep?

Alcohol at bedtime: Alcohol at bedtime may help you fall in sleep, but not recommended for insomnia, you might develop tolerance to the alcohol , also can cause early morning awakening with nightmares and insomnia. ...Read more

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What to do if I have insomnia, and have been taking it for three years, is it advisable to take it at a overnight economy flight of 9 hours ?

What to do if I have insomnia, and have been taking it for three years, is it advisable to take it at a overnight economy flight of 9 hours ?

Taking what ?: You don't say what you've been taking for 3 years.. In general, one should not take a sleep med long term, rather address the issues of sleep hygiene, or other underlying cause of your insomnia. ...Read more

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Why do I sleep for so long? Could it be some condition? I sleep almost 12 hours a day.

Why do I sleep for so long? Could it be some condition? I sleep almost 12 hours a day.

There is a good: Relationship with overall health and sleep. Under 6 hours and over 8 hours is associated with a shorter life span. It is the yin and yang of metabolism too fast versus too slow. You might be hypothyroid so get it checked. ...Read more

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Get headaches all the time i take aspirin to make it go away and even try to sleep it off still have a headache what could be wrong ?

Get headaches all the time i take aspirin to make it go away and even try to sleep it off still have a headache what could be wrong ?

Headache: You should talk to your doctor about them or see a neurologist, you may have migrainesor tension headaches, the causes are numerous and the treatment differs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help me sleep if If I had a red bull like 5 hrs ago. I kinda need to sleep now.

Is it safe to take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help me sleep if If I had a red bull like 5 hrs ago. I kinda need to sleep now.

Absolutely, yes: Hi. You poor thing. Insomnia sucks. Yes, by all means feel free to use Benedryl (diphenhydramine) to help you sleep. You may feel a little bit groggy when you get up. Sweet dreams. ...Read more

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How many nights in a row is it safe to use BenGay? I want to know if I need to take a break or if I can use it every night if need be.

How many nights in a row is it safe to use BenGay? I want to know if I need to take a break or if I can use it every night if need be.

Ingredient Toxicity.: The active ingredient of ben gay is methyl salicylate. Extended over use, especially in children, can be dangerous and even fatal. Older people such as adults have a larger body mass and are less likely to be affected, but there is always that possibility. Follow the directions for applications carefully. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have an alcoholic drink every night, even if it's just one?

Is it bad to have an alcoholic drink every night, even if it's just one?

Not usually: But it depends on the size of that one drink and how much alcohol it contains. A "beverage alcohol equivalent" is equal to one 12 ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine or one ounce of whiskey or hard liquor. For most people, having one drink per night isn't harmful. Some studies suggest that there is actually a benefit to one drink per night, especially red wine due to the antioxidants. Check with your dr. ...Read more

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