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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry And Sleep (Overview)

Psychiatry and sleep is a topic that relates to the reasons that sleep is good for one's mental state, and looks at the effects of inadequate sleep. Sleep allows the brain to rest, and helps with memory and learning. A lack of sleep causes memory loss, poor mental performance, and possibly symptoms like irritability, depressed mood, oppositional behavior, etc...


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I feel like I was completely healthy before I started all my psychiatric meds. Now I feel weak, unable to sleep without medication, depressed, angrywhy?

Side effects: It is not at all unusual for folks to have trouble getting adjusted to new medication, and some meds are better tolerated than others. Suggest you try to persist for at least 14 days, but if still difficult, might be best to try a different med. Let your doc know what is occurring and work closely. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
26 Doctors shared insights

Psychiatry And Sleep (Overview)

Psychiatry and sleep is a topic that relates to the reasons that sleep is good for one's mental state, and looks at the effects of inadequate sleep. Sleep allows the brain to rest, and helps with memory and learning. A lack of sleep causes memory loss, poor mental performance, and possibly symptoms like irritability, depressed mood, oppositional behavior, etc...


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Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. Why?

Psychiatry: enough serotonin in the brain helps human sleep, however, taking SSRI to increase Serotonin causes insomnia if taken before sleep. Why?

Complicated: This is a very complicated neurotransmitter. To give an example, there are over thirty different types of receptors -- meaning that it can do over thirty types of things. Then again, each personal is his own complex mix of variations on this. But I should tell you that SSRI's don't "increase" serotonin, they regulate it. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Avoid sleeping with lights and TV on: it prevents deeper sleep. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to sleep at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
Daily
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I haven't been able to sleep for two days. Is it something psychiatric and why?

I haven't been able to sleep for two days. Is it something psychiatric and why?

Insomnia: Acute insomnia can be stress related and sooner treated the better.
Chronic insomnia usually defined as insomnia greater than 3 months, is predictive of psychiatric condition in about 50 % of insomniacs, chronic insomnia is also a risk factor possibly for suicide with co-morbid mood conditions. ...Read more

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If I stop all my psychiatric meds except for one to sleep, cold turkey can that be the cause of my jumpieness?

If I stop all my psychiatric meds except for one to sleep, cold turkey can that be the cause of my jumpieness?

Yes: It depends on what medicines you stopped cold turkey. Cymbalta (duloxetine) and zoloft may cause withdrawal symptoms including dizziness, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, insomnia and "electric shock" shock like sensations throughout the body. It is best to be tapered off these medications in a regimen prescribed by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Poor sleeping is associated with increased risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
Once
Never drive when you're sleepy
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If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

If one took many psychiatric drugs that interfered with sleep can one eventually return to normal sleep patterns immediatelyafter all drugs are gone?

Immediately?: It's very hard to answer your question, because I don't know what drugs we're talking about, how long you've taken them, or what conditions you're dealing with. All these issues are important and could affect sleep quality. Also some medications are unsafe to stop suddenly, and must be tapered. I see Clonazepam on your medication list, and this one should definitely not be stopped suddenly. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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I stopped all my psychiatric medications but an having sleep problems. Will these go away?

Dr. Andrew Ho Dr. Ho
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Why stop medications: Assuming you don't have an illness that causes sleep symptoms, then your sleep problems will go away. On the other hand, majority of psychiatric illness cause sleep symptoms, especially insomnia. If your sleep problem doesn't go away, you will be wise to to talk to your psychiatrist and figure out a better treatment. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...See more

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Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs, after my night shifts?

Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs, after my night shifts?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but aren't sleep disorders?

What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but aren't sleep disorders?

Sleep: Some are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, delirium/dementias. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Sleep apnea is not a disease of obese people. 30% of people with sleep apnea are non-obese. ...See more

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Why might a mid-sleep wake up and snack be a result of a psychiatric disorder & not a biological issue? Anxiety was suggested, why that over another cause? What else might be happening? Thanks.

Why might a mid-sleep wake up and snack be a result of a psychiatric disorder & not a biological issue? Anxiety was suggested, why that over another cause? What else might be happening? Thanks.

No separation: There's not really a separation between "psychiatric" and "biological, " because psychiatric conditions have biological aspects. Also other medical problems that most people think have no associated psychiatric symptoms, at least have emotional responses. Waking up and snacking, if extreme, could be part of binge eating. I've also known people who did this when sleepwalking, a parasomnia. ...Read more

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Suffering suicidal depression, 4hrs sleep/day, 45yrs old-doesnt want to see a psychiatric, any medications that would help. Thanks alot?

Suffering suicidal depression, 4hrs sleep/day, 45yrs old-doesnt want to see a psychiatric, any medications that would help. Thanks alot?

Please see doctor!: This person really needs to see a physician -- psychiatrist would be best. Depression is serious -- "suicidal depression" implies even more acuity, where acting on these ideas might be possible. Effective treatments exist, being provided in the context of comprehensive evaluation. Medications combined with psychotherapy give the best results. If suicidal intent, hospitalization is needed. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Have a consistent sleep time. Avoid reading in bed. Avoid caffeine after 1 PM. ...See more

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I never had a problem sleeping before psychiatric medication but upon discontinuing medications I have been unable to sleep at all. Why is this?

I never had a problem sleeping before psychiatric medication but upon discontinuing medications I have been unable to sleep at all. Why is this?

Sleep: Sleep wake switch is altered by many meds including benzodiazepines like Klonopin (clonazepam) which help you sleep but when you stop you can get insomnia and withdrawal symptoms etc. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Drinking alcohol causes more frequent awakenings at night and less restful sleep. ...See more

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What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but is not a sleep disorder?

What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but is not a sleep disorder?

Psych and Insomnia: Depression can cause insomnia or hypersomnia,
bipolar mania can cause decreased need foe sleep and insomnia
anxiety can cause racing thoughts and insomnia
stimulants, caffeine later in the day can cause insomnia
cocaine, meth can cause insomnia for days
marijuana can cause hypersomnia etc
these are general guidelines and it is not confirmatory. ...Read more

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I feel like I was completely healthy before I started all my psychiatric meds. Now I feel weak, unable to sleep without medication, depressed, angrywhy?

Side effects: It is not at all unusual for folks to have trouble getting adjusted to new medication, and some meds are better tolerated than others. Suggest you try to persist for at least 14 days, but if still difficult, might be best to try a different med. Let your doc know what is occurring and work closely. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Stick to a sleep schedule. Keep regular hours—even on the weekends. ...See more

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Can anything dental, clenching or psychiatric medicines cause, lead to sleep apnea?

Can anything dental, clenching or psychiatric medicines cause, lead to sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea, osa is caused by upper airway resistance, if any of the above contribute to uar then they can cause sleep apnea. ...Read more

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After I stopped geodon zyprexa & many other sedating psychiatric drugs I can no longer sleep more than 4 hours per night. How can I sleep more? Will I

After I stopped geodon zyprexa & many other sedating psychiatric drugs I can no longer sleep more than 4 hours per night. How can I sleep more? Will I

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

Dr. Syed H. Sajid Dr. Sajid
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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Sleep deprivation may lead to decreased performance, alertness, memory; and cognitive impairment. ...See more

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Do any psychiatric drugs or their withdrawals lead to arrythmias or to the development of sleep apnea or is this neuromuscular or a different issue?

Simplify PLEASE!!: You have crammed several different questions together! Some psychoactive drugs could/can prolong the qt interval & thus might contribute to an arrhythmia. Cocaine use resulting in arrhythmia is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people- even athletes (len bias) some drugs suppress respiratory drive, leading to apnea, such as the dangerous combo of opiate pain drugs with tranquilizers. ...Read more

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Psychiatry and sleep (Tip)

Myth: sleep medicines are the only way to improve your sleep. That's false! ...See more

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Can psychiatric meds rewire the brain to create a neverending insomnia? I can only sleep using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & am worried for my future. Everyones sleeping

Can psychiatric meds rewire the brain to create a neverending insomnia? I can only sleep using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & am worried for my future. Everyones sleeping

Insomnia: Insomnia may be caused by multiple conditions. Disrupted sleeping cycle by changing sleeping and waking up hours (shift work sleeping disorder) or hyperactive states (bipolar, adhd, drug abuse) or depression may be common reasons for that problem. Anxiety and ptsd, breathing disorders like COPD or sleep apnea can contribute. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is helpful and not addictive. Make a consultation now! ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

Psychiatry is the field of medicine that deals with the study and ...Read more