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Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more


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I prefer to exercise first thing in the morning but i also am a daily coffee drinker. Is it harmful to drink caffeine before exercising?

I prefer to exercise first thing in the morning but i also am a daily coffee drinker.  Is it harmful to drink caffeine before exercising?

Caffeine: Not really - it does get the heart rate up a bit , so not a bad precursor to exercise. In ncaa swimming competition more than about 4 cups of coffee before competing is banned ...Read more

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I want efficiently use my daily time therefore want to decrease my night sleep to 6 hrs and to add may be 30 min nap in afternoon. What you advice?

I want efficiently use my daily time therefore want to decrease my night sleep to 6 hrs and to add may be 30 min nap in afternoon. What you advice?

Need 7-8 hours: Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep a day (although many are not getting that much). Within limits it does not seem to matter if it is all at night, or some of it is through a nap. You are aiming for 6 1/2 hours, which really is not enough. Not getting enough time in bed makes people tired and sleepy and reduces their cogntive ability. ...Read more

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Would it be recommended to to take acne medication if i drink alcohol every once in a while later in the day?

Would it be recommended to to take acne medication if i drink alcohol every once in a while later in the day?

I wouldn't advise it: The simple antibiotics like tetracycline and Erythromycin aren't a problem if you want to drink in moderation. If you're taking isotretinoin, it might be a good idea to not to drink much alcohol, as each can be a little rough on the liver. ...Read more

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If during the day much water is not drunk is it possible to drink plenty in evening to have same effect?

If during the day much water is not drunk is it possible to drink plenty in evening to have same effect?

Yes, but it is: better if you drink it in the morning rather than evening. Drinking more water in the evening will necessitate getting up in the night to urinate. ...Read more

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Is there a certain time during the day you should stop drinking caffeine? And is coffee okay to have 2hours before you eat?

Is there a certain time during the day you should stop drinking caffeine? And is coffee okay to have 2hours before you eat?

Stimulant, Diuretic: Caffeine is a xanthene derivative and it acts as a stimulant and diuretic. People vary in their sensitivity to caffeine also the issue of tolerance ( with repeated use) plays a role on how the substance affects you. It may affect the appetite and sleep negatively, so better avoid it in the evening and before meals if you find out it blocks your appetite. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have fruits at night, or is it advisable to have it only before the night sets in..

Is it safe to have fruits at night, or is it advisable to have it only before the night sets in..

IT IS SAFE EXCEPT: It is safe as long as you dont eat fruits just before going to bed as fruite contain sugars and it may cause dental caries and cavities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to eat twice a day in order to bring my BMI down to 17 again, or will i only be able to eat once?

Is it possible to eat twice a day in order to bring my BMI down to 17 again, or will i only be able to eat once?

You are already: Underweight. Why do you want to lose more weight. The best way to eat is three meals/day. Eating one mea/day is counterproductive because your body goes into a conservation mode. Have you thought about discussing your weight obsession with a psychiatrist, because i'm worried you have an eating disorder. ...Read more

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Should i drink green tea every day? Since your body gets used to caffeine, thats why i haven't opted for coffee as your body will get used to caffeine

Should i drink green tea every day? Since your body gets used to caffeine, thats why i haven't opted for coffee as your body will get used to caffeine

Sure, that is fine.: Go decaf. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols. Studies show that polyphenols in green tea have anti-carcinogenic effect ; lead to a reduced heart disease death rate. The linus pauling institute reported a study that suggested green tea can assist w glycemic control. Not more than 5 cups per day. ...Read more

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To what extend is caffeine dangerous to the body and how doest it work?, because I am addicted to coke and it helps me to stay awake and study.

To what extend is caffeine dangerous to the body and how doest it work?, because I am addicted to coke and it helps me to stay awake and study.

Caffeine is safe: Most studies show no detrimental or even beneficial effect of moderate caffeine intake ~ 2-4 cups coffee per day. High doses may cause problems altho data limited. Coke causes problems with sugar (non diet Coke) or high intake of artificial sweetener's that may have unrecognized toxicity. Also plastic components in containers could be toxic. As a fellow diet Coke addict just keep intake moderate. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take to attenuate the diuretic effects of caffeine? I drink coffee to take exams but don't want to have to urinate frequently.

Cafffeine Diuretic: One of the properties of caffeine is that it acts on the kidney as a diuretic. I do not know of any way to block the diuretic effect of caffeine other than reducing the dose, which of course will reduce the stimulant effect that you are looking for. The best advice I can offer is to drink the minimum amount of coffee that you need to get through the exam and limit other fluids. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a way to keep myself hydrated during the night without having my sleep interrupted to urinate? Or is it just too natural to avoid?

Is there a way to keep myself hydrated during the night without having my sleep interrupted to urinate?  Or is it just too natural to avoid?

Focus on sleep: There's no need for healthy individuals to hydrate while they're asleep. Our body is made to continue all its vital functions without the need for food or fluids at night. It's more important to get a good nights sleep (healthy for the body). If you're getting up in the middle of the night to urinate, try to cut back on the water before you go to bed. ...Read more

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I have high cholesterol, trying hard to diet to get it down, is it OK to eat an avacado for lunch every day?

I have high cholesterol, trying hard to diet to get it down, is it OK to eat an avacado for lunch every day?

Science..not support: 55y/o Female says I have high cholesterol, trying hard to diet to get it down, is it ok to eat an avocado for lunch every day? Commended for efforts but there other helpful ways; Increase walking/ swimming/ exercise as tolerate; Avoid Fried foods, much cheese/nuts/Chocolate & Spreads on foods. Ask PCP for medications already approved for lipids. The science for daily Avocado is not supported. ...Read more

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What is the safest way to deliver caffeine in to your system other than by drinking. My stomach hurts when i drink coffee. I need coffee to work. I need an alternative to drinking coffee.

What is the safest way to deliver caffeine in to your  system other than by drinking. My stomach hurts when i drink coffee. I need coffee to work. I need an alternative to drinking coffee.

Why do you need it?: If your sleep is inadequate and you have daytime fatigue you may need a sleep evaluation. Has thyroid and anemia and other potential medical causes for daytime fatigue been checked? You may need GI w/u to make sure nothing more is going on, e.g. Ulcer, acid reflux etc. If you work an odd shift then r/o shift work sleep disorder, rx w/bright light. Morale of story, sleep, energy, GI all need good eval! ...Read more

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The recommended dose for temazepam is 1-2 pills, but I have to take 5-6 in order to fall asleep. Is this safe?

The recommended dose for temazepam is 1-2 pills, but I have to take 5-6 in order to fall asleep. Is this safe?

Likely unwise!: There is really not enough information to give you the best feedback. Temazepam comes in doses of 7.5, 15, 22.5 & 30 mg. The maximum on label dose is 30 mg. So you could be taking anywhere from 45 mg up to 180 mg. I latter dose would certainly make me uncomfortable. It sound likely that your initial insomnia needs to be carefully explored and other modalities utilized to help you sleep. ...Read more

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Should I eat fruits late at night or is it too much sugar for that hour? And after what time is it best not to eat.

Should I eat fruits late at night or is it too much sugar for that hour? And after what time is it best not to eat.

Sugars?: Those sugars aren't bad for you. Depending on your size ,bmi, and how active you are will help decide when to stop eating. The rule of thumb is around 8 ...Read more

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I take amitriptiline 25mg before bed. Can I drink coffee in order to stay awake? Or will it alter the effect of it? it makes me sleep all day.

I take amitriptiline 25mg before bed. Can I drink coffee in order to stay awake? Or will it alter the effect of it? it makes me sleep all day.

Timing is everything: Not sure why your are taking amitripyline. Is this for pain, migraine, or depression? Tell your doctor that the drug is making you drowsy and ask if you should take it 1-2 hours BEFORE bedtime. This may help you out quite a bit. Best of luck! Dont use coffee to stay awake. Change the timing of the dose. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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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'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?

Sleepy and anxious: Yes, it is entirely possible to be sleepy and anxious at the same time. In fact, anxiety all by itself is draining and can cause fatigue. It may take a few days for your body to adjust to the lack of caffeine. So, be patient. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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 more

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Help, I gave up caffeine and I keep falling asleep early. What is better for me?

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

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What is recommended to help to fall asleep with a lot of caffeine in your system?

What is recommended to help to fall asleep with a lot of caffeine in your system?

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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Why when I drink a lot of caffeine during the day I fall asleep early at night?

Why when I drink a lot of caffeine during the day I fall asleep early at night?

Crash: It's not uncommon to crash after too much caffeine. Your brain eventually metabolizes all the caffeine and now needs to rest. Also, your heart rate and BP have been elevated (usually not much, but to some extent) and your body perceives this as stress and a reason for rest. ...Read more

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How doea caffeine affect hypothyroidism? I am having trouble falling asleep.

How doea caffeine affect hypothyroidism? I am having trouble falling asleep.

See below: Caffeine should not affect hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is going make you feel tired when it is active. Caffeine is a stimulant and it will keep you up. Cut down your amount of coffee and do not consume any after 2pm and you should be able to sleep better. ...Read more

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How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

Help driving: I agree with the other docs here, do not drive if you're drowsy. But, it is important to find out what is causing you to be so drowsy in the morning? Do you have undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea? Are you not sleeping well at night? I applaud you for trying to avoid caffeine. Have you tried waking up earlier and allowing yourself more time to wake up in the morning b4 driving? AM Exercise? ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep. Some time it takes me and hour or so. I don't eat a heavy meal or drink caffeine drinks a few hour before.

I have trouble falling asleep. Some time it takes me and hour or so. I don't eat a heavy meal or drink caffeine drinks a few hour before.

More suggestions: Here's a tip I've found helpful. Establish a sleep ritual. Example: An hour before bed, take one or two melatonin tabs, turn down the lights in your room, do something very relaxing (like listening to quiet music) and turn off your electronic devices. It may take several days for your brain to associate this ritual with sleep but it often helps. NEVER use sleep meds for chronic insomnia. ...Read more

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I have trouble sleeping. I don't drink caffeine 5 hours before bed. I go to bed at 9 and wake up at 6. But it takes me 30-60 minutes to fall asleep.

I have trouble sleeping. I don't drink caffeine 5 hours before bed. I go to bed at 9 and wake up at 6. But it takes me 30-60 minutes to fall asleep.

Sleep onset: Sounds like you're not satisfied with how quickly you fall asleep -- but once you do, you sleep through the night? So, is your room noisy? Tv/lights/computer still on? Room too warm? Pets wanting attention? Do you work out just before bed? These can all disrupt you. Create a relaxing evening ritual -- such as hot bath, soft music, gentle reading, etc -- preparing for sleep. See if it helps. ...Read more

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Constant fatigue for 8-10 yrs, never wake feeling rested regardless of #hrs of sleep, alcohol, or caffeine; go to sleep fast, stay asleep, hard sleeper, dream a lot every night, normal sleep study '08?

Constant fatigue for 8-10 yrs, never wake feeling rested regardless of #hrs of sleep, alcohol, or caffeine; go to sleep fast, stay asleep, hard sleeper, dream a lot every night, normal sleep study '08?

See a sleep dr: What does a 'normal' sleep study mean. To some that means 'no apnea' which is not the only finding to be gained. What was the quality like, what were the latencies of sleep and rem and were there parasomnia. Sometimes it is not a problem that can be identified based on a sleep study. ...Read more

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30 yr-old with chronic pain and narcolepsy who chooses to self medicate with marijuana. Feels strongly that cannabis is alleviating the symptoms.....?

Dr. Arif Khan Dr. Khan
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30 yr-old with chronic pain and narcolepsy who chooses to self medicate with marijuana. Feels strongly that cannabis is alleviating the symptoms.....?

Undetermined: At federal level - marijuana is still illegal. At state level - legalized in some, not so in others. Therefore, physicians at this time are legally bound to not recommend marijuana for routine use. More importantly, marijuana has not been studied for treatment of chronic pain and we do not know if it truly helps. Jury is still Out there.. ...Read more

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What can I do to help myself get going in the morning (avoiding caffeine)? I wake at 5am and get 8-9 hrs of sleep per night.

What can I do to help myself get going in the morning (avoiding caffeine)? I wake at 5am and get 8-9 hrs of sleep per night.

Morning excercise: It is not clear what you mean by "get going". You may be suffering from depression. If you are mentally/emotionally not ready, but physically okay, try getting into a routine of aerobic excercise in the morning. Vigorous excercise is also therapeutic for depression, just in case. ...Read more

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