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Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
How long does it take to reset your sleep clock and cycle? I've had bad sleep for 2 years now and my sleep cycle has been off everyday.
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
Sleep: Sleep is driven by circadian and homeostatic drives. Identify your daily pattern by maintaining a sleep diary for 2 weeks or so, read about sleep hygiene, you can google sleep diary and sleep hygiene etc sometimes melatonin and light therapy are used if you have delayed sleep phase or advanced sleep phase syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Sometimes med ...Read more
Use good sleep: Hygiene. 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
How often does someone wake up in a normal sleep cycle? Even if they are not fully aware at the time?
Sleep cycle duration: We oscillate in cycles throughout the night between a light sleep and very deep sleep and through the dream states referred to as REM sleep about once every 90 minutes on the first time through and about 2 hrs. thereafter for another 2-4 cycles until we awaken again in the morning to the next day. ...Read more
I have had increasingly worse insomnia problems for the past 9 months. I am averaging a sleep cycle (4-8 hours) every 48-72 hours. Suggestions?
Assessment: This is unlikely to be primary insomnia (insomnia that is not caused by another condition). A sudden change in sleep is also not usually the pattern for two other common sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome) so the most likely explanation is either a mood or anxiety disorder. Contact your doctor. You can get help but first you need a thorough assessment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you can't: change your irregular work schedule, make sure you exercise, avoid stimulants about 6 hours prior to sleep time and consider taking some sustained release melatonin 1 hour prior to sleep time. A massage now and then would be a relaxing treat if you can manage that also. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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