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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Overview)

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, dream sleep, snoring, etc


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Can someone tell me how long will it take before a sleep deficit wreaks havoc on mental health?

Can someone tell me how long will it take before a sleep deficit wreaks havoc on mental health?

Not too long: In research studies when they woke people up before they reached rem (deep) sleep, there were psychological symptoms which appeared fairly rapidly (which were reversible). If you are having trouble sleeping, speak to your physician and talk to a therapist, take care of it before it causes havoc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
4,799 doctors shared insights

Sleep (Overview)

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, dream sleep, snoring, etc


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I am all alone, can't sleep and think of ending my life often, all though i don't think i will go though with it, wish i could.

I am all alone, can't sleep and think of ending my life often, all though i don't think i will go though with it, wish i could.

Life is hard: I have known many like what you describe and they all worked at the solution and got to the point where life is back to normal. The secret is to talk to a trained professional and explain what you are feeling. That is the most important first step. You will be better and much happier. I know you have great things yet to do. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

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

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed 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 can't sleep for like 2months! what to do?

I can't sleep for like 2months! what to do?

Many Causes..: There are many reasons for difficulty sleeping, and several types of insomnia. Nearly 70 million people suffer from sleep problems. If you have been having difficulty sleeping for some time (two or more weeks), it may be helpful to consult your doctor or a mental health professional to explore further. Here is a link to some tips I have developed for my patients: http://tinyurl.Com/cuexb6u. ...Read more

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I can't sleep. What can I do?

I can't sleep. What can I do?

Sleep hygiene tips: 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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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...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 sleepy
Once
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I am unable to get proper sleep. What should I do?

I am unable to get proper sleep. What should I do?

There is help: Talk to your physician, you may need a sleep study. Also sleep hygiene is important as well. Getting on a routine. Learning to wind down. No naps during the day. Read more about it under patient information http://umm.Edu/programs/sleep. ...Read more

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Why can't I sleep?

Why can't I sleep?

Sensitive marker: Sleep is a sensitive marker of many diseases. If there is a big, sudden change in your sleep habits, it is important to let your doctor know. Be careful with taking sleep-inducing drugs to cover up the insomnia. This should only be done after eliminating serious causes of insomnia. It is much better to use insomnia to reach early diagnosis of an underlying medical / psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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