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What is the best treatment option for severe chronic insomnia?

What is the best treatment option for severe chronic insomnia?

Begin with eval: The best treatment would begin with an evaluation -- probably with both a psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist. Some physicians have both these qualifications, and you need careful consideration in both realms. If there are additional symptoms like movement & speaking problems you may need a neurologist in your team as well. Then, helpful treatment suggestions can be made. ...Read more

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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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I have chronic insomnia and need treatment?

I have chronic insomnia and need treatment?

Sleep study: Insomnia, defined as insufficient or inadequate sleep, is a common sleep complaint. It includes difficulty in falling or staying asleep at least three times per week for longer than one month, spontaneous awakenings and difficulty in returning to sleep, a lack of restorative sleep, and daytime sleepiness. Rec.: see neurologist/sleep specialist for sleep study investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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Chronic insomnia treatments?

Chronic insomnia treatments?

Aromatherapy: I agree with dr. Ali. I am adding aromatherapy tips to his sleep hygiene info. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a. ...Read more

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Chronic insomnia feel tired & exhausted, but when trying to sleep mind doesn't shutoff Ambien (zolpidem) when up for days then only sleep 2 hours. Treatments?

Chronic insomnia feel tired & exhausted, but when trying to sleep mind doesn't shutoff Ambien (zolpidem) when up for days then only sleep 2 hours. Treatments?

If your sleep study: was normal & you have no neurological or systemic medical condition causing yout insomnia, review your medications & your sleep hygiene with your psychiatrist & cardiologist. Sleep deprivation negatively impacts your heart or peripheral vascular disease & puts you at risk for auto accidents if you drive. See a psychologist for intensive, long-term Cognitive-Behavioral & other therapies. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for insomnia?

What is the treatment for insomnia?

Many options: Short term meds, proper sleep hygiene, cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and stimulus control therapies, etc. A sleep specialist could help you sort through the options. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an effective treatment for severe insomnia?

Polysomnogram: Likley need a sleep study if symptoms are severe. 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. >>>. ...Read more

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I don't have a primary care dr. What kind of dr would write an excuse for me to take less classes this term? Insomnia but not seeking treatment

Need an evaluation : Rather than seeking an excuse, seek an explanation and solution to your insomnia. Is this new? Does it get worse when you are anxious? Are you careful about diet? Do you exercise? Are you feeling sad or depressed? Are you using drugs/medications or alcohol? Do you have a good social support network? Are you stressed about money/work/bills? Have you had a thorough physical lately? ...Read more

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Is there any natural treatment for insomnia?

Is there any natural treatment for insomnia?

Insomnia: Melatonin is a natural supplement that many people use and find successfully helps them sleep. Check with your doctor to see if she or he recommends this natural supplement. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for primary insomnia?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for primary insomnia?

Two components: Eliminate the use of caffeine, especially after noon. Do not use tobacco or alcohol near bedtime. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime. Exercise early in the day before dinner to alleviate stress, but do not exercise before bedtime. Avoid daytime naps, and establish a regular schedule for going to bed and getting up keep the bedroom at a comfortable temperature, and minimize light and noise+medecine. ...Read more

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