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When Do I Need To Get Sleep
For the last 2 months I have been having problems with my sleep pattern. I need to get it back to normal so what do you recommend?
Have a new problem?: There are 2 types of sleep problems. Problems getting to sleep can be caused by worrying, not being able to relax and turn your mind off. Sometimes liistening to quiet music, or a warm bath, or camomille tea can help. Other people have problems staying a sleep. This is trickier to treat. It's good to set aside some time during the day to "journal". Write down what's upsetting you. ...Read more
How much sleep do I need to get? I can sleep for as little as 6 hours or as much as 11 hours yet feel no different throughout the day, so what's best?
See below: You have sleep interuption/sleep onset difficulty. Improve the sleep hygiene by going to bed the same time and wake up same time. Sleep restriction therapy by staying in bed only when asleep and out of bed when cannot sleep > 15 min. Exercise regularly. Avoid caffeine after lunch. Yoga and slow deep breathing exercise helps. Keep sleep log. If stil problem see your doc or get sleep doc to see you. ...Read more
Last night taking 1 unisom didn't help. I really need to get sleep tonight. Is it safe to take 2 unisom just this once? Will it help?
It's not: Unidom is nothing more than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and you will regret the hangover tomorrow. You can try other more safe things like melatonin, sleepy time tea, or challenging yourself to reading a long chapter in a tedious book. A routine of exercise will help in making sleep easy. Also no noise or lights or electronics- and make your room cool= sleep hygiene. Take care. ...Read more
I'm in high school. I need to get to bet by 8:00 pm to get 9hours of sleep. I find myself stating up until 11 pm. What can I do to get to bed on time?
Good sleep hygiene:
Many of us in the medical profession are chronic offenders of that, so you aren't alone. :)
what we advise is good "sleep hygiene, " meaning not watching tv right before bed, not exercising within a couple hours, only using the bedroom for sleep and not for tv/computer/etc., not eating right before sleep, avoiding caffeine, etc. Sometimes medications can help as a last resort. Best of luck! ...Read more
I need to get some sleep tonight. Can I take 1 Xanax, (alprazolam) 0.5 and 1 Percocet to get a good nights sleep? Thank you
Not recommended: It's always best to use medications as prescribed. Xanax (alprazolam) is addicting. So is Percocet (oxycodone + acetaminophen). Both can also cause confusion & increase risk of falls. When used together, risk increases dramatically. So does death rate. Talk to your Family Doc about your insomnia. Consider OTC options. Research sleep hygiene. And avoid sedative-hypnotics like Ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more
I was punched in the head twice last night. I applied ice and went to sleep. I woke up sore. Do I need to get it checked or should I be ok?
Injury: If soreness is all you have to report, and that you slept and woke up normally I see no reason to go to the doctor. ...Read more
Hiccups And Feeling of throwing up AFTER taking Zolpidem (non stop since 1 hour ago. It might last All day. I need to get rid of the hiccups so I can go to sleep. Sleepy. Please help me drs.
Hiccups: Hiccups are spasms of the diaphragm and usually subside after brief periods. However, infrequently they stubbornly persist for prolonged periods and are then tiring. In my experience when they persist for many hours, medication prescribed by your physician will be needed. Old fashion thorazine or compazine have been given for this problem. ...Read more
Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. Shoot for 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more
Improve your sleep: #1 Make sure you don't have a sleep disorder. Common ones are sleep apnea, restless legs, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders # 2 Examine your stress, diet and exercise levels # 3 Develop a nighttime ritual to help you relax prior to sleeping. Take a warm shower, sit quietly and focus on your breathing, turn off your phone for this # 4 Talk to a sleep doctor. See my profile for more info. ...Read more
Here are some tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine, no caffeine after 2pm, exercise earlier in the day, de-stress, keep the room temperature a little cool, for some white noise machines may help and get comfortable. If those don't help sometimes sleepytime tea, warm milk or melatonin can be beneficial. ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Altman: Here are more sleep hygiene tips. 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, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress &. ...Read more
Many tips.: These tips can help you sleep better. Avoid too much caffeine. Turn off all electronics an hour before bedtime. Take a warm bath, try stretching or yoga to relax. Listen to soothing music or read a book. Meditate, practice deep breathing or use visualization to calm your mind. Make sure the room is dark, and the temp is comfortable. Try going to bed and getting up at the same time everyday. ...Read more
Not likely.: We need to sleep to remove toxins that our body accumulates during the day so that we can recharge for the next day. It is not possible to survive without sleep. We can go without food for days but we need water and sleep to survive. It is believed that we need 7 to 8 hours daily to function normally. ...Read more
Try cold remedies to: Decrease your symptoms. For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. Consider an oral decongestant. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Melatonin can be >. ...Read more
See a dr: You can have sleep problems from snoring, apnea, restless legs, poor sleep hygeine, anxiety/depression, napping during the day, night seizures, noises in the neighborhood waking you up, bed bugs, waking up to use the bathroom, acid reflux, allergies, or any number of things. I recommend seeing a doctor to get checked out. ...Read more
Sleepless without rx: Looking into the root cause of why you are unable to sleep will provide the answer. If you have insomnia the best treatment option is CBT for insomnia. Sleep apnea is another common condition that causes poor sleep. Seeking out medical attention from a sleep specialist can help find out why you were unable to sleep without medications. ...Read more
How old is he: The answer would vary according to your son's age. In an infant or toddler or older child sleep problems could be caused by different issues (fears, nightmares, separation anxiety). Without knowing his age, setting a consistent bedtime routine is a place to start. Have low key, calming activities after dinner, reading, listening to music, as part of the routine. Set time 2 go 2 bed and stick 2 it. ...Read more
No < 9 hours: During the growing years a teen needs 9 or more hours of sleep per 24 hrs. Growth spurts and physically demanding activities can add to the need. Failure to keep up with the sleep requirement can show up in a variety of ways. Poor academic performance in school, sleep walking, etc. After growth stops & activities lessen, 8hrs may be adequate. ...Read more
Baby schedule: There is no need to start a rigid schedule right after the baby is born. A new born has the day/night confused, is getting used to environment outside the womb. Over the next 3-4 months the baby will have his/her own schedule - going from multiple naps to one nap in the afternoon and sleeping more through the night. Mother need to get her schedule fixed around baby's schedule. ...Read more
Tips to help sleep: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine, no caffeine after 2pm, exercise earlier in the day, de-stress, keep the room temperature a little cool, for some white noise machines may help and get comfortable. If those don't help sometimes sleepytime tea, warm milk or melatonin can be beneficial. ...Read more
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 may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool. ...Read more
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