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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


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Anhedonia.Sudden loss of motivation to schoolwork (normally works hard).Lethargy.Turbulent feelings(on and off since10/2013) 10/2014-04/2015.Numb05/15?

Anhedonia.Sudden loss of motivation to schoolwork (normally works hard).Lethargy.Turbulent feelings(on and off since10/2013) 10/2014-04/2015.Numb05/15?

Symptoms: Have you talked with your parents about these symptoms? It would be important to insure that there is not a medical problem or a mood disorder. Take care. ...Read more

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Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

Do benzodiazepines disrupt sleep quality and sleep architecture to the same degree as alcohol?

No: Alcohol puts you to sleep and increases slow wave sleep then awakens you about 4 hours later and you do not sleep well and becomes disruptive to sleep and the sleep is non restorative .Benzodiazepines increase stages 1&2 and decrease slow wave or stage 3 sleep. It is also not restorative sleep and has been shown in ICU patients to contribute to sleep deficit and delirium. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum sleep schedule to keep when you work third shift?

Which is the optimum sleep schedule to keep when you work third shift?

See below: There really is no "best" schedule. Pick a time when you can get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep. ...Read more

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What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

Painful: Above all this sounds painful, and is something a psychiatrist could help you with. Bipolar disorder in a "mixed" episode could match this description . . . . Or use of certain substances as well. Please get yourself in to see a psychiatrist asap since you say you've attempted suicide! you can be seen in an emergency room if you still feel that way. ...Read more

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Might the body eventually adapt to a lack of sleep?

Might the body eventually adapt to a lack of sleep?

No, you need sleep: Your body needs a certain amount of sleep to function optimally. This amount varies from person to person but it falls between 7 hours and 9 hours in most people. Less than 6.5 hours of sleep per night is sleep deprivation and can have negative effects on your health. Your body does not adapt to sleep deprivation. ...Read more

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Insomnia, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, lose grip on reality, feel hopless, can't hold a conversation, trouble socializing, lack of emotio?

Insomnia, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, lose grip on reality, feel hopless, can't hold a conversation, trouble socializing, lack of emotio?

What are you doing: For treatment now? This lists you as having anxiety - but no more specific diagnosis, treatment or medications are listed. If you aren't getting professional help - please know that you don't need to keep suffering like this. Please see a psychologist for a form of talking therapy. Please see a psychiatrist or your physician for a medical workup to rule out medical causes ; for eval for >. ...Read more

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So what starts the process by which sleep deprivation steals your energy?

So what starts the process by which sleep deprivation steals your energy?

Energy: Although we do not know exactly how sleep works for us it is essential to life and obviously has something to do with energy regeneration. Failure to sleep would be lethal altthough, believe it or not, the record for complete absence of sleep is, if i remember correctly 10 days in a young man who bounced a basket ball the whole time to keep awake. ...Read more

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18/m/5'10"/185lbs will biphasic sleep schedule affect my physical growth? Thinking of doing 4.5h core+1.5h nap. Not enough time for monophasic sleep

18/m/5'10"/185lbs will biphasic sleep schedule affect my physical growth? Thinking of doing 4.5h core+1.5h nap. Not enough time for monophasic sleep

Don't chance it: At your age it is likely that you are still growing. Make the time for 8 - 9 hours of continuous sleep. You only get one chance. Do the right thing. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lose temper, feeling no pleasure with daily work, lack of motivation. Why?

Lose temper, feeling no pleasure with daily work, lack of motivation. Why?

Depression: Depression is extremely common and often manifests as losing one's temper easily and loss of pleasure with one's usually enjoyed activities. Of course, there are many other causes of these issues including both mental and physical ailments. Go see your primary doctor and discuss it with them. ...Read more

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Is Lyrica (pregabalin) supposed to improve the aspect of pain or the sleep in Fibromyalgia patient?

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Is Lyrica (pregabalin) supposed to improve the aspect of pain or the sleep in Fibromyalgia patient?

Both: The dose of Lyrica (pregabalin) is highly variable. The limiting factor for daytime use is its tendency to put people to sleep. I recommend taking enough during the day to alleviate the nerve pain, and enough at night to get a good night's sleep. Lyrica (pregabalin), like its cousin Gabapentin, is a great sleep-inducer. It's a natural sleep, unlike the benzos. I have one patient on 225 mg 3 times daily. Doing well. ...Read more

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I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

I suffer from bipolar can cause mania lost control of the self with the words of strange words and lack of sleep and the desire to commit suicide?

Yes: Yes, bipolar disorder can do all those things. Thoughts can run so fast they're hard or impossible to follow. People can go without sleep for many days/nights. If you're thinking about suicide, please contact your physician . . . Or call suicide hotline @ 1-800-784-2433. This condition needs treatment so you can feel better! ...Read more

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Can addiction to technology causes a loss of social skills in the real world?

Can addiction to technology causes a loss of social skills in the real world?

Of course!: We humans needs lots of practice to do anything well. Being glued to our technology takes time away from practicing social skills and developing meaningful relationships. ...Read more

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What is the most effective OTC brand for getting a restful, full REM sleep that doesn't leave you feeling groggy in the am?

.bestsleepaids.org: www.bestsleepaids.org. This is not a scientific review, rather a consumer-rated opinion. The product contains melatonin, valerian root, hops, lemon balm, phenibut, 5-htp, l-theanine. It is said to increase stages 3 and 4 sleep ( now referred to as stage n3 sleep) and increase rem sleep as well. And the winner in 2013 consumer award is ...., ..., ...........Somnamax. ...Read more

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Want to help keep quality of life after diagnosis of dementia ( Lewy bodies)?

Want to help keep quality of life after diagnosis of dementia ( Lewy bodies)?

Understand disease: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

What is the best health and exercise program in the workplace?

Move: Unless your workplace has an exercise facility, this can be difficult. Get up and walk as much as possible, take the stairs whenever given the chance. Take some time at lunch to get in a quick trip to the gym. Another good tip is to not snack on many of the goodies that often are around. Before you know it, the calories have added up! ...Read more

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What are the causes of light stage 1 sleep and the inability to achieve deep sleep, in addition to a hypnagogic state?

What are the causes of light stage 1 sleep and the inability to achieve deep sleep, in addition to a hypnagogic state?

A very dark room: is essential for deep sleep. Do you have any electronic devices on in the room? Please move them to another room. Abstain from mental stimulation at least one hour prior to bed, i.e., use of computer. Do some quiet reading before bed. Avoid stimulants such as coffee and sugar after noon. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What effect does sleep have in maintaining our physical and emotional health?

What effect does sleep have in maintaining our physical and emotional health?

A leading one!: Many important functions are carried out by our bodies during sleep. Necessary biochemicals are replenished for all of our systems. Along with water, air and food - sleep is essential to staying alive. The signals we get when we are even mildly sleep deprived in our moods and general functioning are indications to us of the need to get enough sleep soon. Pleasant dreams! ...Read more