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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


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Can there be help for kids with adhd?

Can there be help for kids with adhd?

Yes! Talk w/ your Dr: Absolutely! first it's best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Consider having your child be referred for psychoeducational testing so it is clear what his /her needs are and how best to address them. If your child does have adhd, a trial of medication as well as behavior management strategies may be best to start with. Work with your doctor to determine the best resources for your child~. ...Read more

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Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes: In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Where can we find help for a bipolar-behaving child?

Where can we find help for a bipolar-behaving child?

Bi-polar: If you have concerns of your child being bipolar you need to find a good pediatric psychiatrist. A good pediatric psychologist can help but when medicine is needed you will need a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Help for experiencing difficulty sleeping. What to try first; melatonin?

Help for experiencing difficulty sleeping.  What to try first; melatonin?

Sleep hygiene: Primary treatment of insomnia is good sleep hygiene. Get comfortable bed in quiet location without interference or distractions. Go to bed only when tired. Use bed only for sleeping and sex - not reading or watching tv. Exercise regularly - esp. Am. Limit exciting activities, stimulants and eating just before bed time. After ensuring these are done then melatonin is reasonable. ...Read more

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Treatment and control for sleep deprivation?

Treatment and control for sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation: Everyone has a natural drive to sleep a certain amount at night. We tend to feel tired if we do not get this. What is your amount? Do you fall asleep during the day? I suggest you try to sleep 8 hours in a row at night for several days to evaluate this. Why are you not sleeping? ...Read more

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Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Can more music classes help children with adhd?

Depends: Adhd kids (ak) do well if they are doing what they want, not necessarily what their parents want. The rigors of practice frequently turn off an ak if they aren't fully committed. If an ak has a musical or artistic ability, & they want to pursue it, then learning art, music, singing or an instrument can be an area where they develop "expertise, " & therefore increase their expectation of success. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why adults use pillows for sleeping ?

Could use expert help with why adults use pillows for sleeping ?

Alighnment: "one of the main reasons we use pillows has to do with the complicated relationship between our heads, necks, and spines. When a person is walking upright during the day, the head and neck are held in vertical alignment over the spine by a complex arrangement of muscles and tendons. During sleep, however, many of these muscles relax, causing the head to fall backwards or forwards." wisegeek.Com. ...Read more

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How can we help our child sleep while teething?

How can we help our child sleep while teething?

Teething in Babies: Teething in infants or toddlers can be painful enough to prevent sleep.Parents should check the area for pus or bleeding. If so seek a consultation with a pediatricdds or a pediatrician . If not infected, a topical over the counter oralgel type medicine is readily available to numb the gum. A chilled teething ring works.Warm slightly before using. Kids tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok. No ice which can cause choking. ...Read more

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Can you offfer any sleep tips for an acute insomniac?

Can you offfer any sleep tips for an acute insomniac?

Not uncommon: Almost half the population will suffer an occasional night of bad sleep or insomnia. Avoiding alcohol or stimulants is important. Some people can safely use chamomille tea or otc products with antihistimines on an occasional basis - but this should be discussed with your physician. General sleep hygiene tips: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/sleephygienehandout.Asp. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Is there anything that can help me sleep? I've tried every piece of advice for establishing good sleep hygiene. I've tried valarien root, melatonin, and OTC sleep aids. Those seem to wind me up. I stay wide awake for 48 hours then i sleep for 6 hours but

Get : Get yourself an appointment with a sleep medicine specialist in your area. It may take some work/time, but there is help available and you can lead a normal life with proper management. Yes, chances are that you may have to manage this condition from now on. It may be best to look at the management of insomnia as a hobby rather than a project, much like the management of diabetes. ...Read more

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Are there any type of over-the-counter remedies for getting an autistic child to go to sleep at night?

Are there any type of over-the-counter remedies for getting an autistic child to go to sleep at night?

Melatonin: Melatonin is the first otc that comes to mind. Typically 3mg. There are forms of melatonin in an oral spray available online if the child can't do pills. I have also had parents report that an epsomsalt bath to soak in help them sleep. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 8-year-old child ibuprofen every night for sleep aid?

Is it safe to give an 8-year-old child ibuprofen every night for sleep aid?

Not really.: Reason is that Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory medication and not a sleep medication. It is probably safe for nightly use, but my concern is, "what are you treating?" i would stop using it and make sure that his sleeplessness is not from an area of chronic pain. ...Read more

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Will medications that treat anxiety help my sleep apnea?

Will medications that treat anxiety help my sleep apnea?

None: There are no fda approved medicines for the treatment of sleep apnea. If you have apnea, the first line treatment is cpap. It is a serious medical problem that should be treated... ...Read more

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How can only using your bed for sleeping help you sleep better?

How can  only using your bed for sleeping help you sleep better?

Associations: Then your brain only associates your bed with sleep when it sees the bed or you are on the bed. (adults often use the bed for sex as well as sleep). If you associate the bed with tv, chatting on the fun, etc - you brain will be stimulated (you want brain waves to slow down to sleep). ...Read more

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Help for child with anxiety and reading difficulty?

Help for child with anxiety and reading difficulty?

Two different issues: Have your child undergo a comprehensive, individual psychological evaluation - it will give insight to both dilemmas. Pending the outcome of that evaluation, you may want to engage a child psychologist for therapy and a reading specialist to improve the reading deficits. ...Read more

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What are helpful recommendations for getting to sleep with a tummy bug?

What are helpful recommendations for getting to sleep with a tummy bug?

Symptom control: If you have a fever, take Acetaminophen (tylenol) or aspirin. If you have nausea, use Meclizine (non-drowsy dramamine). For diarrhea, use imodium (loperamide). Good control of symptoms should allow good sleep. ...Read more

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What injections can work for someone who can't sleep at night?

What injections can work for someone who can't sleep at night?

Don't recommend: Don't recommend injections for sleep problems. Do recommend a sleep specialist evaluation. ...Read more