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Can I do sports during sleep restriction therapy? I'll start of by sleeping 3h per day.

Can I do sports during sleep restriction therapy? I'll start of by sleeping 3h per day.

Sports are great: Incorporating sports into your sleep program is great but try to avoid significnat physical exertion from sports within 2-4 hours of planned sleep. Often it helps to use exercise during times of day when you would be most tired and likely to fall asleep unintensionally. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stopped hormone replacement therapy and now have symptoms including insomnia. Dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. Which is safer, ativan (lorazepam) or hrt?

Stopped hormone replacement therapy and now have symptoms including insomnia. Dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. Which is safer, ativan (lorazepam) or hrt?

Hrt: The best treatment for insomnia is to find its cause, often hormonal imbalances and deficiencies may play a significant role and hrt may contribute to eliminating or improving the sleep disorder. Ativan (lorazepam) simply relieves anxiety, which is not dealing with the root of the insomnia. It may be associated with dependence and side effects, such as hangover, memory loss, etc. ...Read more

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I take DuoResp Spiromax for therapy for 3 weeks now and don't know if I should continue taking it or not. I have trouble sleeping and palpitation.

I take DuoResp Spiromax for therapy for 3 weeks now and don't know if I should continue taking it or not. I have trouble sleeping and palpitation.

Call doctor: The bronchodilator part of the DuoResp may cause palpitation for some people especially those with a condition known as mitral valve prolapse. Talk to your doctor re. modifying your medication since there are other options. ...Read more

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Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Modafinil/depakote mood disorder.Safe lifelong treatment?Does it alter personality/intelligence?Modafinil gives insomnia so sleeping pills.Help peace

Side effect : All medication can have side effect , we take them because we need them . If u have a concern about u medication. , discuss it with u prescriber. ...Read more

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At end of rope. Tried Effexor, remeron, celexa, therapy nothing is helping anxiety/depression. I'm a mess all the time. Trouble sleeping. Please help?

At end of rope. Tried Effexor, remeron, celexa, therapy nothing is helping anxiety/depression. I'm a mess all the time. Trouble sleeping. Please help?

Depression: Good question and good for you. People respond idiosyncratically to meds for anx/dep. so there are still a lot of options open and I see this time and time that if you can be patient and work with a psych prescriber slowly and methodically typically you find something that works. Also transcranial stimulation may be something to consider though very new. Keep on trying. I know it is hard. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my trouble sleeping?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my trouble sleeping?

Sleep Hygiene: Have good sleep hygiene. Go to bed the same time every day, wake up the same time every morning. Avoid caffeine or alcohol. Keep your bedroom dark, and relatively cool. ...Read more

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Could you tell me any treatment to dealing with having trouble sleeping?

Could you tell me any treatment to dealing with having trouble sleeping?

Sleep hygiene tips: Try any that apply: 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) No success in 6 weeks? See doc. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment option for a seven month old baby that is teething really bad and has trouble sleeping?

What is the best treatment option for a seven month old baby that is teething really bad and has trouble sleeping?

You can try : Although no treatment is needed for teething, if your child is experiencing pain, baby tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (with the correct dosing) will usually help most. You can also try a chilled pacifier or teething ring. Topical anesthetics are usually not very effective. ...Read more

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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