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What Can I Do About My Insomnia
Depends: Depends on if the insomnia is due to stress, psychiatric disorder, a primary sleep disorder, another medical condition, medications or poor sleep hygiene. The best treatment is addressing the reasons for the insomnia. Chronic insomnia is best treated with a behavioral program called cbt. Medications are usually indicated for short term use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Start w good sleep: Hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. Try>. ...Read more
Therapy and/or: Medications abound - but they have drawbacks. They work best in combo w/ good CBT therapy. Also, for very mild cases people can find relief through meditation, yoga, exercise and involvement in good healthy interests - including spiritual and religious groups that match your values. Best! ...Read more
Lots You Can Do!: #1: Learn more! See What is Anxiety by Anxiety Disorders Assn of BC http://bit.Ly/xueau5 Everyone experiences anxiety at times. It prepares us 4stressful &/or dangerous situations. It may cause u 2experience sensations u dislike (sweating, racing heart) but these won't hurt u & won't last 4ever. #2 Try CBT- http://bit.Ly/xzbqnz; ACT-http://bit.Ly/ztwlvz; Mindfulness Meditat- http://bit.Ly/wdsdnu. ...Read more
Agree w excellent: Input by dr. Jacobson. Some specifics on sleep hygiene: retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep center : Your primary care giver can refer you to have some testing done. I have a hard time staying asleep as well. Staying on a schedule helps me the most. I try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on the weekends. Turn your TV and cell phone off an hour before you want to go to bed. Drink some herbal tea, meditation, warm bath or shower, read a relaxing book. best of luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Options: Natural treatment for anxiety include cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, healthy diet (limiting caffeine and sugar), support groups and journaling (can help release emotions and identify possible triggers). Breathing exercises can be helpful if having an anxiety attack. Yoga, meditation and acupuncture are other options.If the anxiety is very difficult to manage, medication is another option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insomnia: Check with your doctor to rule out any medical concerns. Exercise daily, maintain a good diet, limit caffeine and alcohol, and try to reduce your stress levels by confiding in friends with your concerns. If this does not help consult a mental health professional who can help you uncover what may be troubling you and help you develop better coping skills. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allergies: Depends how bad they are, you can take over the counter antihistamines and if they don't provide with relief, you need to start with your primary doctor for more prescription medications, such as nasal sprays and if these don't help, you need to see an allergist and they can advise you what else to do. ...Read more
Trained professional: Since u can't tell the severity of his symptoms, consult a professional. Milder depression could improve with therapy. Moderate to severe may still respond to therapy or needmedicine, additionally. Remember that depeession has repercussions on your child's sense of self, level of internal comfort, and social/academic performance. Seeking help is important! good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your Dr can assess: For mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical. ...Read more
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irritable bowel: Ibs is a chronic condition with no known cure, but it can be managed. The first step is having a good physician that makes you feel comfortable, is non-judgmental and involves you in treatment decisions. Treatment mainstays include fiber, elimination of gas-producing foods, exercise, and antispasmodic medications. ...Read more
Sleep hygiene is key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two approaches: At onset of headache, could take a triptan, available via pill, nasal spray, or injection, and headache usually gone by 2 hours. Prevent with such drugs as depakote, topirimate, or otc preps such as butterbur, riboflavin, magnesium, co-q-10. Talk to your doctor and devise your strategy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not true, but...: If there is any reason to believe you have a congenital brain aneurysm, or if you have a true headache problem, see a neurologist after a regular check-up with your pcp . Headaches should not simply be thought of 'it's just stress'; new onset of headaches, or a change in type or frequency of headache must be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! stop the caffeine! ...Read more
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