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Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

One type of: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is a persistent or recurring pattern of sleep disruption resulting either from an altered sleep-wake schedule or an inequality between a person's natural sleep-wake cycle and the sleep-related demands placed on him or her. the dsm-iv-tr lists four types of circadian rhythm sleep disorder: delayed sleep phase type, jet lag type, shift work type, and unspecified type. ...Read more

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Difficulty Getting Back To Sleep (Definition)

Sleeping difficulty can involve difficulty falling asleep when you first go to bed at night, waking up too early in the morning, or waking up often during the night. It can also involve combinations of these patterns. Most newborns wake several times during the night, but by the age of 6 months they usually sleep through the night. At age 1, babies will sleep an average of 16 out of every 24 hours. Two to three hours of this sleep will ...Read more


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Is sleep apnea inherited?

Is sleep apnea inherited?

Yes: Yes, it is often inherited, but not always. One reason has to do with the fact that we look similar to our relatives. The facial bone growth determines the size of the airway and may be narrow in families with sleep apnea. Other familial factors may be obesity, size of tonsils and adenoids, muscle tone and how we breathe when we sleep. ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

Possibly: Look at my health guide under sleep walking. There are several questions and answers about sleep walking. To answer your question directly, sleep deprivation can cause several things, notably psychosis, severe confusion and obviously utter exhaustion. There is where your question enters. If totally exhausted and you go to sleep there is a chance you could do some sleep walking. Not common but can. ...Read more

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Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Can an autonomic disorder cause sleep apnea?

Certainly: 'obstructive' sleep apnea is due to anatiomical causes. The tongue, soft palate and the tonsils can block the airway during sleep. An intraoral appliance constructed by a trained dentist can alleviate this problem. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Which is worse: obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea?

Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read more

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How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

How is narcolepsy and REM sleep related?

Closely: The symptoms of narcolepsy are those of parts of rem sleep intruding into wakefulness. These elements include sleepiness; hallucinations (dream imagery) while falling asleep or waking up; and cataplexy and sleep paralysis (both from the normal muscle paralysis that occurs during rem sleep). ...Read more

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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Can paranoia cause sleep apnea.

Not a cause: Paranoia does not cause sleep apnea. Medicines that are used to control paranoia may cause or aggravate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with hypertension, obesity, upper airway narrowing and pulmonary hypertension and is a very common problem. ...Read more

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Define mild sleep apnea?

Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...Read more

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

No: Actually, gabapentin is sometimes used for RBD, but there is little systematic evidence of benefit. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

Can sleep deprivation cause epilepsy?

No: Sleep deprivation will not cause epilepsy but can provoke a seizure in epileptics and non-epileptics. I can make anyone seize if i drop their blood sugar low enough or sleep deprive them enough. Epilepsy is recurrent unprovoked seizures. Sleep deprivation can provoke a seizure but not cause epilepsy. ...Read more

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Can obstructive sleep apnea make anxiety symptoms worse?

Can obstructive sleep apnea make anxiety symptoms worse?

Yes: In a word - yes. OSA can be devastating and destructive. The repercussions of inadequate oxygen supply to the brain as well as insufficient uninterrupted sleep to allow REM level sleep are numerous. See a specialist, get a sleep test (if you haven't) and get help now. This is a life altering and can be a life threatening condition. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

Does sleep deprivation cause irrational fears?

It may: Sleep is required to function normally as a human. Sleep deprivation can cause many side effects including, but definitively not limited to (the list is long), Anxiety, depression, mania, confusion, psychosis, etc. etc. ...Read more

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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Yes: In general narcotics or any sedating medications (benzos for anxiety) will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Anxiety in general may cause insomnia, but should not necessarily influence sleep apnea itself. Talk with your physician and sleep specialist if you're having trouble. ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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How to cure sleep disorder?

How to cure sleep disorder?

Sleep symptoms: The cure of a sleep disorder depends on the cause. If you snore or stop breathing and sleep study is recommended to check for sleep apnea. If you have sleep deprivation or insomnia and are tired all the time looking at your sleep schedule and habits would be helpful. Also stress, diet and exercise play a role in sleep. For more answers please seek out help from a sleep professional. ...Read more

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What to do if sleep disorder?

What to do if sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder: Depends on symptoms. Insomnia is best treated unsually with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia(I teach this), nightmares can be resolved with my No More Nightmares training, other organic disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg or periodic leg movement, and many others, should be assessed in a sleep study first. You can contact me for an initial assessment ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder: Can you advise more details on the specific symptoms? There are many different types of sleep disorders caused by many different factors, some which could be very serious. ...Read more

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What are common signs of a sleep disorder?

Many possibilities: I would say anything that creates a lack of sleep. There are many types of disorders and each has its own set of symptoms. If you give a list of symptoms perhaps you could get a better idea of what you might have. Otherwise i would sugest seeing a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How to rectify the sleep disorder for the children?

How to rectify the sleep disorder for the children?

Is it breathing?: If the sleep disorder you are asking about is obstructive sleep apnea, you can use a nose mask called a cpap; often children respond well to having oversized tonsils and adenoids removed. Other sleep disorders require different treatments. There are 85 kinds of sleep disorders, not all affecting children. ...Read more

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How to determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder?

Polysomnogram.: The degree that sleep is impaired. This can be accurately assessed by a sleep specialist with a polysomnogram (sleep study). ...Read more

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What can I do?To get rid of?My sleep disorder?

What can I do?To get rid of?My sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder: First start with a good assessment from a Psychologist or Physician sleep disorder expert. Some sleep solutions are simple, but if you have had difficulty for years, you need to stick with it and do sleep diaries and behavioral experiments. A sleep expert will also know if you need a medical assessment to rule out other medical conditions. ...Read more

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What are some common sleep disorder treatments?

What are some common sleep disorder treatments?

Sleep: Insomnia = cbti best, short term Ambien (zolpidem) like meds 2. Sleep apnea= CPAP is gold standard for osa3. Sleep walking = protection and ensuring safety, meds that decrease slow wave sleep4. Rbd= protection, benzo's etc. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a sleep disorder?

What is the best treatment for a sleep disorder?

Best tx for sleep: The best treatment for a sleep disorder starts with a visit with a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. They may refer you back to your primary care if some other medical condition is suspect, but they will be able to accurately assess your symptoms and history and make recommendations evidence based on your condition. ...Read more

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Seems all sleep disorder clinics are for daytime what about night owls?

Seems all sleep disorder clinics are for daytime what about night owls?

Night owls: If you feel you are a night owl, but do not feel rested from your sleep, please get an assessment from a Psychologist or Physician sleep expert. The body clock can be reset if you desire to sleep more at night, and if your lifestyle is more night owl, a sleep Psychologist can work in detail with you to create interventions to help you get the best quality rest from your sleep. Don't give up! ...Read more

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I do not fall asleep til 3am and i wake up at 9am. Do I have a sleep disorder?

Possibly: Or it could be that is your habit. If you want to go to sleep earlier, try initiating your sleep routine 1 hour earlier every 1-2 weeks until you push back your sleep cycle to the time you want. Melatonin can be helpful in regulating sleep cycles. ...Read 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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Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Not sure why: You fall asleep at 6 pm because you get up at 304 am. You would benefit form seeing your doc and or a sleep specialist. You may have food allergies. I would also consult an acupuncturist. You are clearly imbalanced and they offer a whole other dimension of care that is very helpful. ...Read more

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My father is 63 years old, he has sleep disorder.He sleeps at 1am and wakes up at 5 am, during the night he wakes up multiple times, what should he do?

My father is 63 years old, he has sleep disorder.He sleeps at 1am and wakes up at 5 am, during the night he wakes up multiple times, what should he do?

See below: If he has not, he needs to see his doctor for an evaluation, and possible sleep study. Also, if he is waking frequently to urinate, he may have an increase in the size of his prostrate gland, which also need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm sufferring from anxiety & sleep disorder!as i work away from home, i feel better when i visit home, but same thing continues after that. Pls suggest?

I'm sufferring from anxiety & sleep disorder!as i work away from home, i feel better when i visit home, but same thing continues after that. Pls suggest?

Focus on positives: You need to focus on the things around you that are positive and relaxing. Also be sure that you have adequate nutrition and exercise. Try to have a decompression time before going to sleep at night...No computer, no tv, a warm shower or bath. ...Read more

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I suffer from acute sleep disorder?

I suffer from acute sleep disorder?

Acute sleep disorder: Any sudden onset sleep disturbance should merit questions of what just happened in your life, or is there a possible organic cause. Good to see your primary care doc first, then if needed see a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. See this book regarding resolving troubling dreams very rapidly. ...Read more

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How can a sleep disorder be diagnosed?

How can a sleep disorder be diagnosed?

Sleep disorder: You could possess sleep apnea but other types of sleep disorders may be present. There could be an underlying metabolic disorder, and the daytime symptoms could be a consequence of both. Need to sort this out, and check in with your primary doc. Overnight sleep study may be useful ...Read more

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What does sleep disorder actually mean?

Many things: Sleep disorders include sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, sleep talking, walking and eating, bedwetting, jumping leg syndrome, repeated nighntmares or night terrors, insomnia andf/or frequent awakening. So'me, if not all, occur in rem sleep and this is the most important part of the sleep cycle. If deprived of it for long enough, it is lethal. A sleep laboratory can define. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?

How do I know if I have a sleep disorder?

Sleep disorder?: One of the most important questions I ask is how rested do you feel during the day? The specific symptoms, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, sudden awakening, insufficient total sleep or other symptoms may all be caused by different factors. A thorough assessment by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders is essential. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
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Trouble Staying Asleep (Definition)

TYpically, when one is discussing sleep challenges, one evaluates both sleep initiation (falling asleep) and staying asleep (sleep maintenance). Different sleep aids work based on their abilities to do one ...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