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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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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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Is breathlessness a symptom of sleep deprivation?

Is breathlessness a symptom of sleep deprivation?

Breathlessness: Not usually due to sleep deprivation, but there are a number of causes including anemia, allergies, asthma or even sleep apnea. If you are having trouble breathing then you should see your doctor, there are tests he or she can perform. ...Read more

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Is floppiness after legs falling asleep a sign of a nerve condition?

Is floppiness after legs falling asleep a sign of a nerve condition?

Legs/arms falling: Asleep are from pressure on nerves or decreased blood flow, in that order. Numbness and tingling from nerve pressure is common during sleep when we don't move much. The numbness etc is temporary malfunction of the sensory part of the nerve. Temporary floppieness is a malfunction of the signals sent from the spine to the muscles. As long as its temporary, it's normal. ...Read more

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Is dizziness a symptom if sleep apnea?

Is dizziness a symptom if sleep apnea?

R/O OSA: OSA SX by history :Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ VERTIGO/AMheadaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Yes, could be: Difficulty sleeping is indeed part of depression but nocturnal awakening can occur with sleep apnea, and nocturnal myoclonus. You may need overnight sleep study to be more certain. ...Read more

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What is a recurring difficulty in falling or staying asleep called?

What is a recurring difficulty in falling or staying asleep called?

This is insomnia: Practicing good sleep hygiene is the first step. Keep your sleep structured, avoid long periods of lying in bed awake, use bed just for sleep and intimacy. Avoid napping during the day. Relaxation and imagery techniques can be very helpful when having trouble going to sleep due to thinking. There are some relatively safe sleep aids that can be taken nightly or just as needed if sleep still bad. ...Read more

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Is daytime sleepiness a sign of depression?

Is daytime sleepiness a sign of depression?

Possibly: My first response to your question is a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Many of my depressed patients continue to have daytime sleepiness and turn out to have a sleep disorder which requires a sleep study to diagnose. ...Read more

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Is falling asleep with the tv on part of insomnia or depression?

Is falling asleep with the tv on part of insomnia or depression?

Falling asleep: while watching TV is not necessarily depression or insomnia. If you are awake at night and then sleepy during the day this can be insomnia related. Lack of interest in life in general may suggest depression. Please see your do so he/she can help you sort this out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Causes of never feeling sleepy, unrefreshing sleep and a racing mind?

Causes of never feeling sleepy, unrefreshing sleep and a racing mind?

Several causes: The most common cause is worry about things and not being able to turn your mind off. It is also common in people who exercise then try to go to bed when they have their endorphines high in their system. Are you drinking too much caffeine at night? Are you drinking alcohol at night? Is there a lot of stress in your life at work and or at home? Stress and overwork is probably most common. ...Read more

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Is over-sleeping a sign of depression?

Is over-sleeping a sign of depression?

Atypical depression: Yes oversleeping can be a symptom. What has been called atypical depression with oversleeping, extreme fatigue, over eating, extreme rejection sensitivity and a mood that is over reactive to situations (positive and negative). Treatments can be different for this type of depression. I discuss in my book, psychiatry in technocolors on amazon. ...Read more

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What causes a person to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

What causes a person to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

Sleep apnea: Most certainly you have sleep apnea with its classical adrenergic response (sweating, tachycardia) with fragmented sleep, insomnia associated with sleep apnea and poor sleep quality. Get a sleep study and a machine... ...Read more

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What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble usually while drifting off to sleep?Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

What neurological disorders could cause choking/ swallowing trouble  usually  while drifting off to sleep?Also have parethesia and myoclonic jerks.

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor, an ENT doctor, a neurologist, and a sleep medicine specialist can help figure out what is going on if a person has sensations of trouble swallowing while going to sleep. There could be a problem with the nerves controlling muscles in the tongue, throat, esophagus, etc... There could be other disorders (such a swelling, looseness, tumors, etc...) in those parts of the body. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Is this because of the MS or Fibromyalgia , or something else??

I'm having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Is this because of the MS or Fibromyalgia , or something else??

Worth looking into: There is a strong association between lack of REM sleep and fibromyalgia. Some sleep aids and chloride channel drugs in general tend to disrupt normal REM sleep and promote fibromyalgia. Its worth having a good general medical exam first. Review and practice good sleep hygiene. Treat pain with medications that promote REM sleep (Lyrica (pregabalin) and Pamelor). See a sleep specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Is bed wetting a sign of depression, anxiety and stress?

Is bed wetting a sign of depression, anxiety and stress?

It isn't a classic: Symptoms of any of these disorders. However, when significantly regressed (regardless of cause) it might occur. ...Read more

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Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

No: They are not related that I am aware. Bed wetting occurs in many without dyslexia and is normal. There is often a first degree relative (mom, dad, uncles, etc) who wet the bed. Most kids outgrow it by 9-10. After age 7, a bed wetting alarm can be very helpful in resolving the problem. ...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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What is the possible diagnosis of difficulty keeping asleep, urinary urgence, fatigue , memory loss , sleepness , troubles focusing and feeling down ?

What is the possible diagnosis of difficulty keeping asleep, urinary urgence, fatigue , memory loss , sleepness , troubles focusing and feeling down ?

Multiple: Urinary urgency does not fit in with the rest of these symptoms. You could have a urinary tract infection plus additional issues such as depression and/or over-sedation from medications. You are on 3 medications which can make you sleepy, cause memory ; focus problems, etc. Also, amitriptylene can affect urination, generally making it harder to pee. Please tell your doctor about these problems! ...Read more

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Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea.I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat.MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

Is continuous diffulty in swallowing be a sign of sleep apnea.I have poor sleep and wake up with sore throat.MD dismissed sleep apnea as iam not obese?

See an ENT: Swallowing difficulty is not a typical sign of sleep apnea, but can be related to other problems that may affect your sleep (like very large tonsils, for example). This should be evaluated by an ENT. Throat could be sore because of dryness and irritation from mouth-breathing/snoring, sinus drainage, or acid reflux. If your nose is obstructed (e.g. deviated septum), this can worsen mouth breathing. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for a doctor who specialises in sleep disorders I have trouble falling asleep at night and was curious?

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What is the medical term for a doctor who specialises in sleep disorders I have trouble falling asleep at night and was curious?

Sleep Specialists: American academy of sleep medicine (aasm) or american board of sleep medicine is the medical board that certifies doctors (neurologist, pulmonologist) as "board certified" in sleep medicine. Dentists who are treating sleep disorders with oral appliances are often members of the american academy of dental sleep medicine. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What causes low thyroid-like symptoms to suddenly turn into loss of appetite, early morning waking, and difficulty falling asleep, all overnight?

What causes low thyroid-like symptoms to suddenly turn into loss of appetite, early morning waking, and difficulty falling asleep, all overnight?

High thyroid ?: best if you have your thyroid levels checked (or re checked) as the current symptoms you are having may suggest "over" active thyroid/Graves's ...Read more

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I usually have an easy time falling asleep. How do I manage sleep disturbance during middle of menstrual cycle?

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I usually have an easy time falling asleep. How do I manage sleep disturbance during middle of menstrual cycle?

Mense: Give self ample time to rest before bedtime, eat less salty to minimize water retention, low intensity activities (walks long duration >1h/d 7d/w persevere +++) activities favorizing sleep, avoid coffee-tea, yoga ++. ...Read more

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I am experiencing trouble sleeping. Difficult to wake, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty falling asleep.

I am experiencing  trouble sleeping. 
Difficult to wake, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty falling asleep.

Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see doc who may order sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon and "screens"1 h. prior to sleep. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take melatonin every night to sleep? I have trouble falling asleep and I've been under alot of stress lately.

Yes.: If it works for you, then you can take it every night to help you sleep. It is fairly safe and non-addicting. It may cause headache, dizziness and cramping. You should wait at least 4-5 hours before attempting to drive or operate machinery. You could also try learning deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques from a therapist. There are apps that help you quiet your mind and meditate. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep due to varying work and school schedules (often overnights ). How can I improve my sleep habits?

I have trouble falling asleep due to varying work and school schedules (often overnights ). How can I improve my sleep habits?

It's tough!: Especially with varying work schedules! Try to avoid self medicating (i.e. caffeine to wake up, and alcohol to fall asleep). Try not to read or watch TV in bed. Train your brain to associate your bed with sleep only. If you can't fall asleep get up and find something boring to read till you're sleepy. Get light blocking shades for windows, and some people find melatonin useful for insomnia. ...Read more

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How do I sleep better at night? How can I sleep better at night? I already take sleeping pills nightly but they don't help. I have trouble falling asleep and then waking up dozens of times through out the night.

How do I sleep better at night? How can I sleep better at night? I already take sleeping pills nightly but they don't help. I have trouble falling asleep and then waking up dozens of times through out the night.

Not : Not sleeping well is a very frustrating condition. You may have already tried not drinking caffeine after noon, not exercising too close to bedtime, and not using your computer or tv within an hour of bedtime. Consider adding "white noise" such as a fan. Be sure that your room is cool and not overly warm. Eating light during the day, then having a larger meal at around 7 pm or so can be helpful. If these don't work, you may want to see your doctor or even a sleep specialist to discuss your situation. ...Read more

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I have such trouble falling asleep at night when sleep alone?

Sleep hygiene: Make it a lifetime habit: 1) Keep a regular sleep schedule (same time in/out of bed), 2) quiet, dark room - no TV/music, 3) use bedroom only for sleep/marital relations, 4) if no sleep in 20min, leave room until sleepy, then try again (repeat as needed), 5) No caffeine after noon/no alcohol at bedtime,6) Write worries in a journal by bedside, & deal with them next day. ...Read more

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Sleeping only 1-3 hours at a time, i don't have trouble falling asleep, but can't seem to stay asleep thru the night. Tried melatonin 1.5 didn't work.

Sleeping only 1-3 hours at a time, i don't have trouble falling asleep, but can't seem to stay asleep thru the night. Tried melatonin 1.5 didn't work.

Sleep: Best to see a sleep specialist. A sleep study may be needed to figure out what's happening, eg, sleep apnea, plms, parasomnias, etc. Proper sleep habits/hygiene are essential. ...Read more

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I’m having some trouble falling asleep. Any recommendations? Trouble Sleeping

I’m having some trouble falling asleep. Any recommendations? 

Trouble Sleeping

Sleep hygiene: no caffeinated beverages in the evening, no exercise also late at night, cool quiet bedroom , avoid TV, pc, smart phones before bedtime or in bed, a warm shower helps too, good night. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep on weekends but not on week days. Is that considered a sleep disorder?

I have trouble falling asleep on weekends but not on week days. Is that considered a sleep disorder?

Sleep phase problem: Are you going to bed earlier or later on weekend nights? Napping on weekends? If earlier, your internal clock is simply not ready for sleep. If later, you may be cycling into a more alert phase of your circadian rhythm. Naps during the day on weekends can delay sleep onset, especially long naps. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep at night and staying asleep. I'm 21 years old, I do have emetophobia, but I don't know if that is why I can't sleep.

I have trouble falling asleep at night and staying asleep. I'm 21 years old, I do have emetophobia, but I don't know if that is why I can't sleep.

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 1.Keep regular bed & wakening time (even weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Use regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath / shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfy mattress & pillows. 4. Bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs prior to bed. ...Read more

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I don't sleep well - I have trouble falling asleep. I don't have apnea. I have stress. Melatonin doesn't work. Booze works but... Derp. Suggestions?

I don't sleep well - I have trouble falling asleep. I don't have apnea. I have stress. Melatonin doesn't work. Booze works but... Derp. Suggestions?

Talk to your doctor: There are better options than self medicating with alcohol. Usually you will fall asleep with alcohol but awaken in about 4 hours and the quality of sleep is not the best. There are other medications available that cost less too. Maybe you can learn to manage that stress better too! ...Read more

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Past wk just began to have difficulty falling asleep before 1 am (wide awake!); so hard to get up in am; sleep thro alarm. Sleep aids don't help. why?

Past wk just began to have difficulty falling asleep before 1 am (wide awake!); so hard to get up in am; sleep thro alarm. Sleep aids don't help. why?

Not sure.: Possible causes of insomnia include poor sleep hygiene, traveling with change in time zones, chronic pain, frequent night-time urination, problems breathing, shift work, anxiety disorders (esp. PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, stress, medications (i.e. stimulants), caffeine, alcohol, eating large amts before bed, aging, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, etc. ...Read more

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I have trouble falling asleep at night, and when I do I sleep 13 hours and still crave long naps during the day. I usually feel fatigued all day.?

I have trouble falling asleep at night, and when I do I sleep 13 hours and still crave long naps during the day. I usually feel fatigued all day.?

Not good: See you local doctor as many things can cause your symptoms, including thyroid problems. Once medical issues are addressed, you may need a sleep study and/or a thorough psychiatric evaluation. ...Read more

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Teen.Exhausted when hit bed, no trouble falling asleep, but i wake up frequently and can only sleep like 9 hrs usually.Exercise a lot so don't i need 10+?

Teen.Exhausted when hit bed, no trouble falling asleep, but i wake up frequently and can only sleep like 9 hrs usually.Exercise a lot so don't i need 10+?

.: 9 hours of sleep should be ok for teenager. But if you have frequent waking spells follow general sleep hygiene - decrease caffiene drinks, don't exercise immediately before sleep, have regular sleep time. No tv or music in room while you sleep. Nothing to distract you. More over you may need to be checked to see if you have any medical problems like sleep apnea or enlarged tonsils or adenoid etc. ...Read more

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What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

What causes a woman to have difficulty falling asleep and waking and sweating a lot during sleep?

Could be serious: This may be indicative of a serious medical condition: inflammatory diseases or even cancer. Also funny infections can do the same thing. I would see your doctor right away and get evaluated. ...Read more

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Trouble Falling Asleep (Definition)

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Difficulty Falling Asleep (Definition)

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