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Sleep... How do I retrain my brain to sleep well at night?

Sleep... How do I retrain my brain to sleep well at night?

Sleep hygiene: Great question. There are many effective ways to do this, but the keys I have found for my patients are to stick to the plan and treat the wake-up time as sacred. Set a go-to-bed time for yourself. Set a wake-up time. No matter what time you actually fall asleep, get up at your set "get-up" time. And no naps during the day! it takes about 6 weeks to train your brain to follow the times you've set. ...Read more

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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 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 can't sleep at night and sleep a lot in da day. Trying to change my bad routine into a healthy one.Wat can I do to sleep bettr at nite w.O pills?

I can't sleep at night and sleep a lot in da day. Trying to change my bad routine into a healthy one.Wat can I do to sleep bettr at nite w.O pills?

Early to bed - early: To rise. No napping. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. 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. ...Read more

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How Can I improve my sleep. I tend to Lay awake at night and think of all negative thoughts.

How Can I improve my sleep. I tend to Lay awake at night and think of all negative thoughts.

Sleep Hygiene & CBT: Trouble falling asleep is common. A recent review by the Agency for Health Policy Research ( health think tank) reported that the most effective treatments over time , with the least side effects were sleep hygiene ( ex; developing good sleep habits) and cognitive behavior therapy which has a specific focus on negative thought patterns and distortions. Medications if added should be temporary ...Read more

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What can I do to sleep at night with insomnia?

What can I do to sleep at night with insomnia?

Sleep hygiene: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Struggling with psychophysiological insomnia the past couple of nights. I was not able to sleep at all last night. Anything I can do to sleep better?

Struggling with psychophysiological insomnia the past couple of nights. I was not able to sleep at all last night. Anything I can do to sleep better?

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 you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Natural treatment includes melatonin supplement but w/professional guidance. Stop all stimulants after noon. Peace. ...Read more

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What will my sleep doctor do to help me have sound sleep. I had a sleep study and didn't hit REM sleep much and woke up often.

What will my sleep doctor do to help me have sound sleep.  I had a sleep study and didn't hit REM sleep much and woke up often.

Many options: If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a CPAP machine will do wonders for your quality of sleep. Perhaps periodic limb movement (restless legs) could be interrupting your quality of sleep. Review the results of your sleep study (breathing, oxygenation, limb movements, eeg, etc) with your doc; and you can probably come up with a treatment plan that will give you more restful sleep! ...Read more

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Having problems sleeping unable to sleep well n constantly wake up during the night. I can't take milk what else can I do to help me?

Having problems sleeping unable to sleep well n constantly wake up during the night. I can't take milk what else can I do to help me?

Stop caffeine : One of the major causes of sleep problems is caffeine intake. Caffeine 1/2 life is 6 hours it means that even after 24 hour there caffeine in your body. There is Caffeine and similar components in coffee, tea, dark chocolates and many other products, including "natural products" and vitamins. You can also take Melatonin 3 to 5 mg 2 hours before going to sleep to help your sleep architecture. ...Read more

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My son is 7months and he's won't sleep throughout the whole night. What can I do to help him sleep throughout the night?

My son is 7months and he's won't sleep throughout the whole night. What can I do to help him sleep throughout the night?

Self Consolation: He is the age that he is big enough by weight that his little liver can break down glycogen into glucose to create a steady blood glucose overnight. So he can make it 8 hours in a stretch overnight. Now what happens is we all have sleep cycles and babies naturally wake at night, a "partial arousal" and he needs to learn how to suck a thumb and self console! Let him fuss and he will do it! ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot sleep and didn't sleep at all the other night?

What to do if I cannot sleep and didn't sleep at all the other night?

Speak 2 doctor ASAP : You may be suffering from anxiety,or Bipolar Disorder or a sleep disorder. They will help you start to figure out what is interfering with your sleep. If it goes on for long, you could start having hallucinations. Not getting REM (sleep when we dream) can do this. Don't delay sleep is important for physical and mental health. ...Read more

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I have been having trouble sleeping. Waking up around 12:30pm every night and not being able to go back to sleep. Any suggestions to get a better night of sleep? sleep

I have been having trouble sleeping.  Waking up around 12:30pm every night and not being able to go back to sleep.  Any suggestions to get a better night of sleep?

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Sleep hygiene: Both sleep hygiene and behavior modification is important in sleep. Regular sleep habits, avoidance of stimulants, no electronics near sleep time etc. are all relevant. Suggest you speak to your physician to assist you in an approach that can help you with this, and to better understand factors around your particular situation. ...Read more

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I have anxiety. And panic attacks and i cant sleep good at night . What can i do to sleep better?

I have anxiety. And panic attacks and i cant sleep good at night . What can i do to sleep better?

Start with medical &: psychiatric eval.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, > ...Read more

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I don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?

At least 6 hours: Ideally you should be sleeping for 8 hours straight on a regular basis. Less than 6 hours of sleep is associated with risk of cardiovascular morbidity. ...Read more

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What can sleep depravation cause? I work overnight and take care of my kids during the day. I do not sleep

What can sleep depravation cause? I work overnight and take care of my kids during the day. I do not sleep

Declining performanc: Sleep deprivation eventually takes its tole on performance.Danger behind the wheel of a car, susceptibility to illness, sleep walking are a few issues. Get what you can or trouble will come. ...Read more

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What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

Lots : Lots of people have problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or both. In many cases, poor sleep is caused by bad sleep habits. The good news is that bad sleep habits can be fixed by good sleep hygiene. The even better news is that good sleep hygiene doesn't cost much, and unlike some pills, won't leave people feeling groggy in the morning. Here are some basic sleep hygiene tips: it is best to wake up at about the same time, and to go to sleep at about the same time, 7 days a week. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods in the hours before bedtime. Have a consistent, relaxing bedtime routine. A warm bath, a good book, listening to relaxing music, stretching exercises, or watching a low-key television show are good options before bedtime. Use the bed and bedroom for sleep, not for studying, television, telephone, hobbies, or surfing the internet. Make the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark. In the morning, get exposure to bright light. The morning is also a good time to get physical exercise, which boosts energy during the day. Avoid napping. Many medications can interfere with sleep or can make people drowsy during the day. A talk with a doctor can sort these problems out. Signs of a severe sleeping problem include falling asleep at work, at school, during conversations, during meals, or while driving. People with severe sleeping problems need to see their doctor right away. Even people with mild sleeping problems can be drowsy during the day. Never drive when drowsy or sleepy, and if sleepiness occurs while driving, pull over and take a nap. ...Read more

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I feel fully awake and i cannot sleep at all. Is it possible to have sleep apnea and insomnia together?

You may: Have upper airway resistance, that way your autonomic nervous system prevent you from falling sleep since you stop breathing while you sleep. It is like an alarm prevent you from danger. ...Read more

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I take Adderall 10mg i'm doing good on it except i can't sleep geodon (ziprasidone) 60mg isn't working anymore what's a good sleep medicine that will work quickly?

Depends : From your information it looks as if you been diagnosed with more than just adhd and that the insomnia preceded the use of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). In general that low dose taken in the am does not usually cause sleep issues in an adult although it might aggravate existing issues. It is also contraindicated to be taking the additional meds you have listed at the same time. Need visit with provider. ...Read more

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Sleep... How do I retrain my brain to sleep well at night?

Sleep hygiene: Great question. There are many effective ways to do this, but the keys I have found for my patients are to stick to the plan and treat the wake-up time as sacred. Set a go-to-bed time for yourself. Set a wake-up time. No matter what time you actually fall asleep, get up at your set "get-up" time. And no naps during the day! it takes about 6 weeks to train your brain to follow the times you've set. ...Read more

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Could I have a brain tumor? I think i might have a brain tumor... My speech has been slurring. I've lost a lot of my coordination skills. I can't sleep at night. I get unbelievable tired even tho i sleep well when I do sleep. I have the sensation of losin

Could I have a brain tumor? I think i might have a brain tumor... My speech has been slurring. I've lost a lot of my coordination skills. I can't sleep at night. I get unbelievable tired even tho i sleep well when I do sleep. I have the sensation of losin

The : The problems you complain about reflect a potentially serious neurological problem, but may or may not indicate a brain tumor. For how long have you had this problem, and how rapidly have they progressed? An understanding of the history will affect what diagnosis one favors. In any event, at 17 you should not have memory difficulties, should not always feel tired, and should not have developed slurred speech, so clearly, you need a good thorough medical examination, which will likely lead to a referral to a neurologist and which may well require an MRI scan of your head. Tumor is only one of many possible diagnoses, and if it is a tumor there are many different kinds of tumors which might do this, some of them benign and others cancers, but your doctors should be able to provide answers after seeing you and running the necessary tests. ...Read more

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Hello!It has been few months that i have not been able to sleep well. some incident occurred in my life previously and that do not have any room in my mind now but nights are hard for me to spent. I barely sleep 1 hour a night. The things that happens at

Hello!It has been few months that i have not been able to sleep well. some incident occurred in my life previously and that do not have any room in my mind now but nights are hard for me to spent. I barely sleep 1 hour a night. The things that happens at

Talk to someone: You need to see a therapist. If you can't find that type of doctor maybe a spiritual leader can be of help. It sounds like you have had a trauma in life and it needs to be sorted out and put to rest. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Am not getting sleep well, something was going in my mind am not controlling it please give me a solution for it?

Am not getting sleep well, something was going in my mind am not controlling it please give me a solution for it?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Can i take prevacid (lansoprazole) every other day or even 3 days? When i take the prevacid (lansoprazole) i don't sleep well at night. ?

Can i take prevacid (lansoprazole) every other day or even 3 days? When i take the prevacid (lansoprazole) i don't sleep well at night. ?

Difficult To Say: Prevacid (lansoprazole) is in the class called proton pump inhibitors. Without knowing your specific condition, it would be difficult to recommend or not recommend dosing every 2 or 3 nights. It takes 12 - 16 hours for these drugs to work after the first dose and based on the half-life of these drugs, you may not get relief without a dose every night. Of course, speak with your physician about any changes. ...Read more

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I have been sleeping for a while now with the tv on. Almost over a year. I listen to it! how can I ease into getting to sleep well at night?

Use a timer: Perhaps you use the tv to keep you company until you fall asleep? If so, maybe you can put your tv on a timer, so that it will shut the tv off automatically after, say, 10 or 15 minutes. It's obviously better to fall asleep naturally, but using a timer to turn off the tv will at least limit your exposure to the potentially harmful electromagnetic fields emitted by electronic equipment, like tvs. ...Read more

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Can not sleep well at night, what is the potential cause?

Can not sleep well at night, what is the potential cause?

Insomnia: Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes#1 ...Read more

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Bought zeo to determine how to sleep well at night but no data?

Bought zeo to determine how to sleep well at night but no data?

Sleep: If you are sure you followed the manufacturer's instructions and did trouble shooting but still with problems then call tech support or replace the unit. ...Read more

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How do you take a good long nap during the day, and sleep well at night?

How do you take a good long nap during the day, and sleep well at night?

Sleep hygeine: Exercise to your maximum ability at least 40 min every day, get all electronic devises out of your bedroom, keep room dark and cool below 72 degrees maximum temp. ...Read more

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How do you take a good nap during the day, and still sleep well at night?

Probably not well: Your body knows the total amount of sleep you need in a 24 hour period . If you nap your body naps it will subtract from the amount of sleep you need at night and you will probably experience early awakening. You might fall asleep just fine. ...Read more

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Is their anything i can do as i sleep well at night and yet i always feel tired during the day?

Snoring?: The first thing that any doctor would want to know is whether you snore, whether anyone around you notices you snore and whether or not you have ever had a sleep study. You would benefit from talking to a doctor so that additional causes can be ruled out like iron deficiency anemia, hypothyroidism, B12 deficiency, micronutrient deficiency, anxiety or depression. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I don't sleep well at night but wake up with no problem. Is this bad?

I don't sleep well at night but wake up with no problem. Is this bad?

Sleeping well: I do not know what you mean by not sleeping well. If you awaken frequently, or have difficulty getting to sleep, eventhough you awaken withno problem, how do you do later in the day? Restful sleep is a necessary part of good health. Speak to your physician about your issue and discuss your sleep hygiene routine. ...Read more

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What is the best time of day to exercise if I want to sleep well at night?

What is the best time of day to exercise if I want to sleep well at night?

Not close to bedtime: Exercising close to bedtime -- within 3 hours -- may keep you from falling asleep. Aside from that, any time that you find convenient is probably ok. ...Read more

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I can't sleep well at night I have meds to help but it doesn't seem to work what can I do?

I can't sleep well at night I have meds to help but it doesn't seem to work what can I do?

Sleep hygiene: Try any that apply to you: 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, then deal with them next day,7) Sleep Hygiene Checklist ...Read more

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