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What sleeping pills don't disrupt sleep architecture?

What sleeping pills don't disrupt sleep architecture?

Very good question: I hear all sorts of marketing claims regarding sleep meds and tendency to preserve various phases of sleep, but not really convinced that any do not disrupt patterns. However, your best bet prescription wise might be lunesta, and otc melatonin would also be relatively appropriate. Drugs such as ambien, sonata, (zaleplon) barbiturates and benzodiazepines all disrupt sleep patterns quite substantially. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Sleep Stages (Definition)

A sleep stage is one of the five stages of sleep, which differ from one another by the brain's activity. Four of the stages are called non-REM sleep, and the other is REM (or Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. REM sleep is when we dream. Non-REM sleep is stages 1 to 4, representing ...Read more


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33/m, constant tiredness, difficulty waking, using fire alarm to wake me.75 min+ of fire alarm and wife shaking me.Sleep intertia.No narcolepsy/apnea.

33/m, constant tiredness, difficulty waking, using fire alarm to wake me.75 min+ of fire alarm and wife shaking me.Sleep intertia.No narcolepsy/apnea.

Get Sleep Study: It is hard to say what is going on just based on this description. Even though you deny, you probably have narcolepsy. You will need an overnight sleep study with eeg monitoring. This is usually done in a sleep lab. ...Read more

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Working irregular shifts. Days/nights mixed up, sleep not restful. Too restless for melatonin to work, too fatigued to stay awake to reset schedule?

Working irregular shifts. Days/nights mixed up, sleep not restful. Too restless for melatonin to work, too fatigued to stay awake to reset schedule?

Sleep hygiene: Best way to reset your clock is to start sleeping at regular hours. If switching shifts cannot be avoided, planning for expected changes in shift schedule like lighting adjustment and sleep hygiene with darkening the room, avoiding noise and blue light before sleep time will help. ...Read more

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Do afternoon naps for one hour disturb sleep later on at night?

Do afternoon naps for one hour disturb sleep later on at night?

No: The afternoon nap is a "given" in hot countries and is highly respected.It is called siesta. ...Read more

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Female 26yo: I often sleep more than 9hrs a day, but alway waking up around 9:30 without an alarm clock. No daytime sleepiness. Is this healthy?

Female 26yo: I often sleep more than 9hrs a day, but alway waking up around 9:30 without an alarm clock. No daytime sleepiness. Is this healthy?

You have a great: internal clock, so count yourself lucky. Some people wished they had such regularity built in. Please don't gloat and keep regular. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Could ambiem help establish normal sleep patterns?

Could ambiem help establish normal sleep patterns?

See below.: Ambien (zolpidem) is meant to be used on a short term basis for sleep disturbances. You should discuss your symptoms w/ a psychiatrist or therapist if the insomnia is prolonged. Anxiety, depression ; poor sleep habits can cause insomnia. Try not to eat, drink caffeine or do stressful things less than 2 hrs before bedtime. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help. ...Read more

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Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Have ob apnea, use cpap nightly. Fatigue persists! could not nap for mslt. Rem sleep from 6-7am in overnight study. Rem interruption in am = fatigue?

Consider Nuvigil: For patients with ongoing sleepiness in spirited of cpap, Nuvigil is usually the next recorded treatment. It only occasionally raises blood pressure, but you should have it checked if you start on it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I tired chamomile,Valerian,melatonin,anti histamines,nothing worked. i cant sleep uninterrupted, i wake up 4-6 times within 7 hours of sleep.

I tired chamomile,Valerian,melatonin,anti histamines,nothing worked. i cant sleep uninterrupted, i wake up 4-6 times within 7 hours of sleep.

Forget natural: Bottom line is that so called "natural" or non regulated, non-pharmacological products are not going to work for you. You need a formal sleep study to see why you can't sleep. I know we have lost faith in our health care system because it is all about mak.ing insurance companies rich, but the science goes on and science does have a solution for your problem. Lack of sleep is very bad. get help ...Read more

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Constant fatigue for 8-10 yrs, never wake feeling rested regardless of #hrs of sleep, alcohol, or caffeine; go to sleep fast, stay asleep, hard sleeper, dream a lot every night, normal sleep study '08?

See a sleep dr: What does a 'normal' sleep study mean. To some that means 'no apnea' which is not the only finding to be gained. What was the quality like, what were the latencies of sleep and rem and were there parasomnia. Sometimes it is not a problem that can be identified based on a sleep study. ...Read more

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Is regular late night sleep stimulate hairloss?

Is regular late night sleep stimulate hairloss?

NO: No, however, sleeping during night hours is healthier than sleeping during day hours... Many hormones and functions in the body depend on the circadian rhythm for optimal performance and functioning... Hence shift work if done for long periods of time can be associated with some health issues. ...Read more

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I've slept only 3,4, 5 hrs/day on weekdays.On weekends, I sleep 7, 8 hrs/more but irregular pattern:I sleep late,wake up early,&sleep.Affect my heart?

I've slept only 3,4, 5 hrs/day on weekdays.On weekends, I sleep 7, 8 hrs/more but irregular pattern:I sleep late,wake up early,&sleep.Affect my heart?

Sleep foundation: reports "Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease—regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. ... Over time, this can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and a greater chance of cardiovascular problems." Seek to increase number of hours of sleep during the weekdays. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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Will staying up reset my sleep schedule?

Will staying up reset my sleep schedule?

Be careful: Depending on what problem you have, staying up may be helpful but not usually recommended. For certain cases of insomnia, a mild sleep restriction schedule may promote better sleep the subsequent nights. However, care must be taken to prevent profound sleepiness which can result in accidents or trigger other medical conditions. Best to discuss with a trained sleep specialist. ...Read more

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4 yr old had sleep study that showed decreased REM sleep &frequent wakings &arousals (7.5 per/hr).She also snores, sleep talks &walks, wets bed.Causes?

Sleep disorder: Although there is an entity called central sleep apnea (central nervous system, brain) the most common cause of a sleep disorder in a 4 year old is hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils and adenoids. Removal of these structures in the upper airway almost always results in a cure of these symptom. ...Read more

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Perfect gluc levels throughout day. Up to 110 upon waking. Only 74-85 at bed time. Normal to consistently experience dawn phenomenon, or pre-diabetic?

Perfect gluc levels throughout day. Up to 110 upon waking. Only 74-85 at bed time. Normal to consistently experience dawn phenomenon, or pre-diabetic?

If you are overweigh: lose the weight through diet and exercise, particularly if you have a family history of diabetes. Don't eat at bedtime. You have mile prediabetes, but the exact term you apply is meaningless as it's all a long-term progression with arbitrary cut-off points that are of no real significance -- it's all the same disease with the same health risks. ...Read more

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On provigil is sleep drunkenness when you wakeup b4 your normal hrs sleep & only "wake" at certain time? Til then acting as in a fog?

Sleep drunkeness: This is roughly the feeling when you awake that you are "hung over" and it doesn't matter if you wake in morning or after a nap. It is "nonrestorative waking." Provigil tries to keep brain awake but will not likely affect whether you will have this feeling. What does help is timing of your wake-ups and avoiding waking up during deep sleep periods. So during the day, shorter napping. ...Read more

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6 month-old sleeps max. of 7 hrs/night, & takes no naps (literally, none) during day. Is this sufficient sleep for healthy cognitive development?

6 month-old sleeps max. of 7 hrs/night, & takes no naps (literally, none) during day. Is this sufficient sleep for healthy cognitive development?

Half as much...: 7 hours of sleep is about half as much in a day as one would expect for a 6 month old. I would look into the environment (? overstimulation) and help encourage some more rest time. ...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