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My normal sleep hrs are 8, but for over a month needing10--12 hrs a night to function, this is a heavy loss of precious time, what may be the causes pls?

My normal sleep hrs are 8, but for over a month needing10--12 hrs a night to function, this is a heavy loss of  precious time, what may be the causes pls?

Vague: With your brief med. History that i see, it could be sleep apnea, and you may need CPAP machine or dental sleep mouthpiece. But there is no way to know unless you see a dr. Asap for a thorough evaluation, history and exam. ...Read more

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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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My 5yo daughter is diagnosed with benign sleep myoclonus which is disrupting her sleep at night. wat is d best treatment for this without side effect.

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My 5yo daughter is diagnosed with benign sleep myoclonus which is disrupting her sleep at night. wat is d best treatment for this without side effect.

Benign Sleep Myoclon: About 60% grow out of it with time. No medications are necessary, unless the child Neurologist determines there are other Neurologic issues that need treatment. ...Read more

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Our 18 month daughter has suddenly developed mild twitching (movement of limbs, eyelids) while she's asleep. Is there a cause for concern?

Our 18 month daughter has suddenly developed mild twitching (movement of limbs, eyelids) while she's asleep. Is there a cause for concern?

Entirely normal: Infants have two types of sleep: quiet sleep when they barely move and are very difficult to arouse, and active sleep when they are easier to arouse and move around a great deal. Twitching and muscle jerks, strange breathing, talking and lots of motor movements can occur during this normal phase of active sleep. They "act out" their dreams - like the dog chasing rabbits in his sleep. ...Read more

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My son has rapid horizontal eye movement for 5-10 minutes after wakening from naps. it repeats a pattern. is this serious?

My son has rapid horizontal eye movement for 5-10 minutes after wakening from naps. it repeats a pattern. is this serious?

Nystagmus: is always a cause for concern. Some causes are serious, and others are not. Only a physician who has the benefit of a full physical exam and testing results can attest to how serious this is in your son. ...Read more

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What is normal sleep / waking time for a 21 year old?

What is normal sleep / waking time for a 21 year old?

Circadian rythm: No such thing as normal sleep wake time. It depends on the biologic clock as set by light and habits. Young adults have a tendency to have delayed sleep phase making them fall asleep later and wake up later. ...Read more

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Waking up with pain on left side, gasping for air, at onset of sleep. This is a nightly occurrence, def not anxiety.

Waking up with pain on left side, gasping for air, at onset of sleep.  This is a nightly occurrence, def not anxiety.

See your Doctor: Gassing for air before sleeping and asking up with CP seems to be a serious issue please see your pcp as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Left side of upper lip has twitched for several mins at a time 3 or 4 times in the past week. is this likely benign? I'm female, 40, thyroid is fine.

Left side of upper lip has twitched for several mins at a time 3 or 4 times in the past week. is this likely benign? I'm female, 40, thyroid is fine.

Lip twitching: It can be due to injury, irritation, stress and intake of caffeine & alcohol. In my experience most cases are due to hyperventilation 2/2 stress which could cause transient drop in blood calcium, My suggestion would be to decrease Caffeine and alcohol intake, try meditation and relaxation. Make sure you Potassium level is ok and your Thyroid function is normal (u said it were). Good luck. ...Read more

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My child suffers from seasonal allergies in early fall, and always seems a bit listless and droopy during this time. Is fatigue a common symptom of allergies?

My child suffers from seasonal allergies in early fall, and always seems a bit listless and droopy during this time. Is fatigue a common symptom of allergies?

YES!!: Fatigue can result from allergies as the body is reacting to the allergen "trying to fight it off". Additionally the medications for allergies can make you tired as well. ...Read more

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Idk why I keep worry about colon cancer at 22 but my only symptom is intermittent lack of appetite is intermittent lack of appetite a symptom of cc?

Idk why I keep worry about colon cancer at 22 but my only symptom is intermittent lack of appetite is intermittent lack of appetite a symptom of cc?

Not generally: Colon cancer is not unheard of in 22 year olds, but is extremely rare, unless there is a strong family history (genetic predisposition, various syndromes). See your doc, get examined, mention your fears; get reassured. If there are significant abnormalities that deserve further ealuation, then they can be addressed as well. ...Read more

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Feel great. Heart checks out, no resp infections. Noticed o2 saturation drops to 89 at night. Have sleep apnea. This the cause? Daytime is 94-95

Feel great. Heart checks out, no resp infections. Noticed o2 saturation drops to 89 at night. Have sleep apnea. This the cause? Daytime is 94-95

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds and having blood oxygen levels drop below 90%. If you know you have sleep apnea, why haven't you been advised about either CPAP or custom dental device to open the airways to allow proper oxygenation? Please discuss this with your md asap!. You are at risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. ...Read more

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Is it normal for 1 mo baby to wake up and crying almost every 2-3 hours ? What is the sign that a baby have lack of sleep ?

Is it normal for 1 mo baby to wake up and crying almost every 2-3 hours ? What is the sign that a baby have lack of sleep ?

Yes, normal: That is how often 1 month olds want to eat and be cared for. They eat small amounts frequently to maintain their blood sugars and hydration because they are so small and don't have lots of reserves for doing those things. It will likely get better over the next few months, but for right now it is totally normally to wake every couple of hours. ...Read more

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Sleeps study shows a plms index of 68.5, plms arousal index of 5.8 and, a tlm index of 88.2; could this be an indicator of rls? Are this levels normal?

Sleeps study shows a plms index of 68.5, plms arousal index of 5.8 and, a tlm index of 88.2; could this be an indicator of rls? Are this levels normal?

RLS vs PLMD: Restless legs is not anything measured during a sleep study. It is a syndrome you feel when you're awake. We measure the periodic limb movements when you're asleep in the lab. These rarely fragment sleep and are usually not much of a clinical concern to the patient but more often they bother the bed partner. I wouldn't say your results are normal but they are of questionable significance. ...Read more

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Taking seizure meds for dystonia like facial spasms. Had sleep paralysis symptoms on 1 side of body during the day. MRI was normal was it a seizure?

Taking seizure meds for dystonia like facial spasms. Had sleep paralysis symptoms on 1 side of body during the day. MRI was normal was it a seizure?

Not clear: Need further information. Paroxysmal hemiplegia is unusual other than in setting of Todd's paralysis after seizure, hemiplegic migraine, or stroke. It could have been a Todd's but you would have an obvious seizure prior. Have you had seizures? It could be related to your hemispasm disorder. Have you been compliant with your seizure meds? Seek further eval from your neurologist. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a seizure in newborn, how it is different from REM sleep?

Symptoms of a seizure in newborn,  how it is different from REM sleep?

Variable!: Normal birth and delivery? If in doubt discuss with your pediatrician new born has very prolonged periods of rem , seizures are short lived events, as a rule? ...Read more

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Could a prolactin lvl of 26 ug/L in a male cause sleep disturbances? Also, is FSH <2 IU/L and total test of 11 nmol/L normal for a 19 y/o male?

Could a prolactin lvl of 26 ug/L in a male cause sleep disturbances? Also, is FSH <2 IU/L and total test of 11 nmol/L normal for a 19 y/o male?

Not right: Hi. No, those labs are definitely not normal. That prolactin (PRL) is not causing an undetectable FSH and vanishingly low testosterone. Could measure PRL at 1:100 & 1:1000 dilution ("J effect"). There could be a pituitary stalk effect. Many other things possible too. Will need pituitary MRI. Did puberty ever start, to did it start then stop? Do you wake up to pee? See a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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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