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Is It Okay To Have Caffeine In Order To Avoid Midday Naps
Not been able to actually fall asleep for the past week I have not been able to actually fall asleep. I have gotten black out curtains to keep my room dark. I have been using earplugs to block out the noise. I have avoided any energy drinks, caffeine, te
If : If you do not have physical or emotional symptoms that may be interfering with sleep such as pain, restless sensation in the legs, soreness or anxiety about something i would recommend these behavioral interventions: aim to finish your exercise routine by 5 pm avoid bright lights as well as tv, computer screens 2 hours before sleep listen to a calm podcast/music/meditation track/nature sounds and/or read a book until you feel sleepy. Do not actually lie down in bed until you are feeling sleepy in order to avoid tossing and turning without sleep. If you cannot fall asleep in 20-30 minutes, get up, switch to the sofa/armchair and read/listen to music until you feel sleepy again. Avoid getting on the internet at that point (too stimulating+light exposure). If there are thoughts going through your mind, given yourself 10 minutes in the evening to write them down. If in addition to insomnia, you feel depressed, irritable or experiencing bursts of energy/productivity, i would advise that you see a psychiatrist as insomnia may be part of a psychiatric condition that warrants further evaluation and treatment. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm trying to avoid caffeine due to my anxiety but I'm falling asleep at work without coffee! Is it possible to be sleepy and anxious at same time?
I wake up several time a night and fall right back asleep. Always tired and nap to try to help. Dream easily. Tried new mattress and no caffeine.
Eval Needed: Sleep apnea is a very common cause of middle insomnia (awakening in the middle of the night). It can be accompanied by obesity and snoring, although thin people can suffer from it as well. There are other causes. Being tired during the day indicates non-refreshing sleep, and requires an evaluation first by your primary physician, and then if needed with a sleep study and specialist referral. ...Read more
Most times when i nap or sleep too long i get a headache. Why does this happen? I don't drink alcohol. Caffeine in moderation.
Check for OSA: Headache after sleep is a common question we ask when screening for sleep apnea. So talk to your doctor about that. Sometimes too much sleep can trigger migraines. This may be because there is a dramatic reduction of stress hormones with good sleep, which is good unless you are addicted to your own adrenalin. In that case you have withdrawal symptoms similar to caffeine withdrawal. ...Read more
I feel lethargic after 1pm for ~5hrs, over last 4 mos. Abstract thinking becomes a challenge. I eat well, run ~2h/wk. Sleep naturally varies 7-10h. Body can't nap. I take iron, no caffeine, no stress?
Hi, I am having issues with fighting tiredness. I am a college student, usually I go for caffeine or I just sleep and nap alot. But due to headaches flaring up, I have cut back. What is a good way to stay alert while studying? Not anemic
Cannabis: 22y female with migraines & "pain" has daytime fatigue. Assuming medical evaluations normal, concern arises for non-restorative sleep due to pain. Fibromyalgia might be a concern. Restful sleep is a necessity. Limited restful sleep is manifest by dearth of dreaming & absence of delta-wave sleep. Do you dream? See comments: ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep is good: Try exercising after dinner, the endorphin release will keep you awake at least one or two hours after you finish. ...Read more
Depends on person: Everyone's sensitivity to caffeine is different. That being said, why would you ingest a lot of caffeine if your were trying to fall asleep? Best way to fall asleep as it relates to caffeine: don't consume caffeine less than 5-6 hours before planned bedtime (the 1/2 life of caffeine is about 5-6 hours). Some people can't consume caffeine after lunchtime to make sure it's out of system by bed. ...Read more
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