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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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How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

Patience: As long as you pander to him he will keep it up indefinitely. You have to leave him in the crib until lhe gets the message. It requires patience, love and understanding.Read a book on child care. ...Read more

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Neurotic mind can sabotage itself with its own intelligence, true?

Neurotic mind can sabotage itself with its own intelligence, true?

In a word,: Yes. Life is about so many things other than intelligence but including it. ...Read more

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Will sleep apnea go away on its own?

5 ways to treat: Sleep apnea can go away in the following ways: 1) lose weight--even 20 pounds can make snoring and sleep apnea much better, 2) see a specialist and use a CPAP machine, 3) manage allergies with appropriate meds, 4) avoid late night alcohol which aggravates, 5) see a dentist for a mouth device which protrudes the jaw during sleep. ...Read more

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Fall asleep against my will. short dream sequences & wake up again.Impossible to maintain full alertness.Today 2 times walking not to fall asleep.why?

Fall asleep against my will. short dream sequences & wake up again.Impossible to maintain full alertness.Today 2 times walking not to fall asleep.why?

Need to see doctor: There are many causes for impaired sleep. You may have something like sleep apnea. There is no way to sort this out without seeing your doctor. You need to tell your doctor all of your symptoms. It would help for you to keep a journal for a week with your sleep problems and your daytime symptoms. Take this when you see your doctor. You may need a sleep study. ...Read more

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Does adult ADHD affect quality or quantity of sleep? I can't seem to fall asleep or stay asleep most nights.

Does adult ADHD affect quality or quantity of sleep? I can't seem to fall asleep or stay asleep most nights.

See your doctor : Medications used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder can cause insomnia. You need an evaluation for a co-occurring mood disorder such as Bipolar Disorder or Depression. Avoid the use of caffeine late in the day. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and your need for treatment of your insomnia. ...Read more

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What hormones are secreted when you resist sleep and stay awake?

What hormones are secreted when you resist sleep and stay awake?

Stress hormones: Ignoring your innate need for adequate restorative sleep can cause stress, which is related to increased levels of cortisol and other hormones. Chronic stress can cause inflammation and a broad array of adverse conditions. Take a daily sleeping calendar to your primary care physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to stay awake during night time (up to 3am), despite sleeping enough during the day (8 hours - 3am to 11 am)?

Is it unhealthy to stay awake during night time (up to 3am), despite sleeping enough during the day (8 hours - 3am to 11 am)?

Probably not: The time of the hours which you sleep are generally less important than the number of hours. Though you can throw off your circadian rhythm (natural day-night cycle), it doesn't harm most. Some, however, can develop signs/symptoms of sleep disorders like insomnia. It has also been associated with others: obesity, diabetes, sad, etc. See your pcp if you have health issues. ...Read more

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Any good way to start living my own dreams and my own life?

Any good way to start living my own dreams and my own life?

2B brave act brave: Life is usually unfair and often brutal. If you are in a problem relationship, or somebody's demands are keeping you from doing what you want, discard that person. You have a duty to seek happiness, to take appropriate initiative, to learn marketable skills, to join groups of people who do things you think you might like, and to be your own person. Your doctor may have some ideas. Cheers. ...Read more

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How will co-sleeping influence my baby's ability to sleep through the night?

How will co-sleeping influence my baby's ability to sleep through the night?

More difficult: Co-sleeping babies do tend to wake more, perhaps because mom and baby are quicker to hear and react to each other, but also because it's quick and easy for mom to nurse. If independent sleep is a top priority for you, co-sleeping may not be the way to go. ...Read more

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Tired all the time - falling asleep online, etc?

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Tired all the time - falling asleep online, etc?

Tired: Anergia is caused by psychological factors such as depression, physiological factors such as exhaustion, medical such as low thyroid or anemia, or effect of medications such as blood pressure or anxiety medications. ...Read more

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Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Not sure why: You fall asleep at 6 pm because you get up at 304 am. You would benefit form seeing your doc and or a sleep specialist. You may have food allergies. I would also consult an acupuncturist. You are clearly imbalanced and they offer a whole other dimension of care that is very helpful. ...Read more

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Can one go about healing their mind and bodies from depression by raising bdnf levels through exercise and natural means? Does psych medicin work same

Can one go about healing their mind and bodies from depression by raising bdnf levels through exercise and natural means? Does psych medicin work same

Possibly: It depends on what kind of condition you're trying to heal your mind and body from. Research does show that in depression, exercise may be as effective as antidepressants. Also, more work is showing that not only do antidepressants affect neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine -- they may also affect neurotropic factors like bdnf. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep with our baby in our bed?

Is it safe to sleep with our baby in our bed?

No: It is not very safe to sleep with a baby in the same bed, because there is a small chance that the baby will get tangled up in something and suffocate, or the baby might be accidentally smothered by the adult(s) in the bed. ...Read more

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Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Do over-the-counter sleep aids like unisom make lucid dreaming easier?

Yes: If you they are disruptive or you experience other untowards side effects, stop the sleeping aid. ...Read more

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What is the healthiest time to wake up and go to sleep based on circadian rhythm?

What is the healthiest time to wake up and go to sleep based on circadian rhythm?

Routine: I don't think it matters as long as you have a regular bedtime and are sleeping well. You should wake up the same time every day even on weekends. Hopefully you are not disturbed during sleep by children, friends, noise etc. Not a good idea to have a tv in the bedroom. Not a good idea to read in bed. Young people need 8 to 9 hours of sleep every day. ...Read more

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Sir, if we sleep by sitting on chairs (especially during night shifts) , is this gives as much rest to body as we sleep on bed? Or any health effects?

Sir, if we sleep by sitting on chairs (especially during night shifts) , is this gives as much rest to body as we sleep on bed? Or any health effects?

Not as restful: While sleeping upright in a chair, some of your muscles are still working to keep you upright, which could signal to your brain not to have a very deep, restorative sleep and cause daytime fatigue, decreased concentration, body aches among others. Sleeping horizontally allows your body to relax and enter into the 4 sleep stages that are crucial reset and repair your body. ...Read more

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Do the human body burn more energy while we sleep?

Do the human body burn more energy while we sleep?

Calorie burning: We continue to burn energy while we sleep, but it is usually less than during daytime activities. For instance an 185-pound individual might burn 56 calories while sleeping for an hour. Here is an article about this topic: http://www.Livestrong.Com/article/432703-calories-burned-awake-vs-sleeping/. ...Read more