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Stay Awake Medication
I suffer severe chronic fatigue and can barely stay awake I also suffer from POTS syndrome. Can they treat the fatigue with ADD type medication?
I work an all night job, consistently tired all day and all night even with after getting enough sleep, do I need medication to sleep or to stay awake?
I took two melatonin every night since Saturday and I feel like I can't stay awake too long during the day. Would that be the cause of this drug?
What could be the cause or causes of extreme fatigue, drowsiness, slurred speech and memory loss without alcohol or drug use? A few weeks ago I simply could not stay awake no matter how hard I tried. It happened again last night but was accompanied by sl
Hello.: Hello. I don't know if you are an older person or if you have any significant healthy problems. I would see a neurologist soon to ensure that you are not having transient ischemic attacks or some other neurologic insult to the brain. Take care. ...Read more
Depends: Staying awake and being awake without cognitive deficits are not the same. Sleep deprivation causes marked reduction in mental acuity and judgement. The department of defense has studied this extensively, as have we in medicine due to the often insanely long hours (esp in trainees). The bottom line is we don't know because it varies, but you WILL have declining mental abilities by 24 hours. ...Read more
We used coffee in my day but I have many patients who have great success with 5 hour energy.
But as any med school grad will tell you;cramming for exams isn't the best way to learn. Go to class every day. You paid for it-get your moneys worth. And get a "study buddy" ; make it a constant quiz, every moment you see each other ask a quiz question. ...Read more
Adequate sleep: Drowsiness in class most often is due to lack of sleep the night or several nights before. I suppose that a boring class might be a cause also (avoid boring classes). Certain medications contribute to sleepiness including over the counter anti-histaminics. When all else fails, sit next to a sympathetic classmate who can nudge you when you doze. ...Read more
Options but...: Staying awake for what, why, long or short-term? Hard to answer. There are the reliable like coffee, No Doz, 5 Hour Energy, etc., but you should really try to be cautious with these and other energizers. If you are having some sleep issues, where you are fatigued and feel like sleeping too much, you may want to see your Dr. And/or a sleep specialist. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Really depends on why you are having difficulty staying awake in the morning. If you are not getting enough time in bed, increase time in bed. If you have insomnia, it needs treatment. Similarly, if you have sleep apnea, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia or other sleep disoder, it would need diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Insomnia: Start with looking at your sleep hygeine. Go to bed and rise at the same time each night and morning. Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing, not too hot or cold. Avoid caffeine. Avoid large, late meal. Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping. Physical activity may help, but not too close to bedtime. If your doing all these things and not sleeping see your doc. ...Read more
No right answer: Each individual is different in how they might react to agents that are designed to keep people awake. Caffeine products, natural products, etc. It is almost a trial and error process to determine what works. The best way to maintain being awake is get enough sleep when you can, eat healthy, exercise and control stress. ...Read more
Many opinions: There are many opinions and answers for your question, but much depends upon the person themselves. Are you able to get some rest during the day? How about exercise to fire you up. Better not to rely upon meds, but maybe energy drinks. Coffee??? Maybe. ...Read more
Going 4 world record:
Their isn't a known scientific/medical limit on how long a person can stay awake, at least to function somewhat normally. I believe the world record-holder randy gardner claimed about 11.5 days back in 1964. The ability to stay awake for prolonged period of time varies, but sleep deprevation has many consequences. I can't do it for more than 24. I am a baby.
Good luck. ...Read more
Don't do it: Why not study prior to the exam? It sounds like you know this is coming up. Data is clear that your retention is much better if you get adequate sleep. While you may cram more in to short term memory by pulling an all-nighter, you'll likely offset that retained information by making errors on simple exam questions due to your sleep deprived state. In summary: get enough sleep! ...Read more
OLD?: At 44, no. If u noticed recent changes in your energy level, consult your primary care doctor for workup to explore possible causes. ...Read more
What exactly is the healthiest and most practical way to stay awake when you're up late studying?
Bright light: Hydration and bright light are helpful natural ways to fool body into the fact that it is dark outside and you need sleep. Avoid caffeine and stimulants that may cause more anxiousness and dehydration. Short naps (5-10 minutes) when you do get tired can be restorative in between if needed. ...Read more
How can I stay awake for-ever? Or if not longer...? How can I control myself? How to live my life?
What?: Are you referring to? I suggest a formal consultation with a certified psychotherapist and undergo CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). Your issues cannot be diagnosed online. Self control and staying "awake forever", suggest deeper rooted psychological issues. Get seen and evaluated by mental health professionals. ...Read more
Often (one or more/day) I feel as though I've been drugged. Sometimes I can't stay awake. It's not diet (I've checked.) Why does this happen?
Why energetic drinks are so bad? I was having 1 or 2 a day for two weeks to stay awake to study because I haven't coffe and someone told me that.
Alertness at night: Reasonable alertness during the night shift requires adequate quality sleep during the day. The strategy for accomplishing this depends on the specifics of your home situation and the work schedule (regular vs sporadic night shifts, rotating vs straight night shifts etc.). Some individuals remain excessively sleepy despite adequate day sleep. For these individuals, medications may be necessary. ...Read more
Rest and stimulation: First be sure you are rested and not tired. Second, keep your mind active. Listen to stimulating music or radio shows. You may also need to periodicly stop and do some physical exercise, such as streching or walking around the cat. ...Read more
SHOUD NOT TRY TO: Not sure why one would want or expect this to be possible. We all have to pull "all nighters" occasionally but always have to pay for it later. Sleep is a necessary body function and we can damage ourselves without adequate sleep. We are diurnal animals meaning day creatures. So we need night sleep. Only the advent of electricity allows us to be up and about at night. Get help for insomnia. ...Read more
Get enough sleep: Best way to feel awake and energized is to make sure you get enough sleep per night. Most people need no less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night. That's sleep, not time in bed. If you are getting less than that or on the low end (closer to the 7) it's likely you're going to feel more tired, especially in the mid-afternoon when your circadian rhythm nadir kicks in. ...Read more
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