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Why do I get so easily distracted? Stress or poor sleep?

Why do I get so easily distracted? Stress or poor sleep?

Many causes: There are many causes for distractibility. If it is lifelong starting early in life, it may be attention deficit, which is a brain disorder that should be treated with medicines. If it starts later in life, something else is causing it, such as poor sleep, daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, and other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Binge often. What do you do to keep yourself from getting tired or bored or stressed and triggering it?

Binge often. What do you do to keep yourself from getting tired or bored or stressed and triggering it?

See below: Keep a food diary -- what events trigger you to eat, how you feel afterwards, how you felt before eating. Practice relaxation, work on things that trigger your stress. You might want to consult someone who specializes in eating disorders to help guiding you through the process. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why does lack of sleep make me feel so lousy - not just tired, but achy, cranky, not as sharp, etc.? What can I do to get a better night's sleep?

Why does lack of sleep make me feel so lousy - not just tired, but achy, cranky, not as sharp, etc.? What can I do to get a better night's sleep?

Your question: is VERY common....and the results of poor sleeping are those you mention PLUS a number of chronic medical conditions! START with your mattress!! THEN ask your Primary care Doctor (or a Health Tap Consultant using Health Tap Prime!!) for a lesson in SLEEP HYGIENE! Hope this Helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Do you think I can't sleep because I have sleeping disorders or because i'm depressed or stressed or all of these?

Do you think I can't sleep because I have sleeping disorders or because i'm depressed or stressed or all of these?

Depends on age: Sleep problems in the aged are common. If you are young, it is definitely abnormal. You may be surprised and skeptical that diet may be the most important item, particularly sugar. Go to our website prevmedgroup.Com and see that one of the doctors has written a case report of a gentleman with insomnia who stopped sugar. The lab problems are explained. ...Read more

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I have sleep delay. No matter how try hard or how tired or how lack of sleep I only can go fall sleep in the morming like 5 am. Often sleep shallow?

I have sleep delay. No matter how try hard or how tired or how lack of sleep I only can go fall sleep in the morming like 5 am. Often sleep shallow?

Invesigation needed: It sounds like thereis a reason for your sleep pattern. 1- caffeine intake 2-redbull or other "energizers" 3- daytime naps 4- lack of exrcise 5- medications which may affect your sleep 6- anxiety disorder 7- previous work in graveyard shift etc.... As you see - many causes need to be ruled out best way to sift through your problems - see your doctor and get help. Insomnia. ...Read more

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Why am I so sensitive to sleep deprivation when other people can pull an all-nighter?

Why am I so sensitive to sleep deprivation when other people can pull an all-nighter?

Human?: Humans werent meant to not sleep. You can train yourself to function when tired, though it is not fun to do, and its still miserable. At 43, I'd say get your rest. ...Read more

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I'm 26 and get constant, multiple times a day hot flashes. I sweat very easily and have had a major appetite decrease. High anxiety, poor sleep.

I'm 26 and get constant, multiple times a day hot flashes. I sweat very easily and have had a major appetite decrease. High anxiety, poor sleep.

Hot Flashes at 26 ye: hot flashes is not common at 26 years of age. With your other symptoms of anxiety. Poor sleep, you need to be evaluated for hormonal imbalance including thyroid dysfunction. Do you have a history of anxiety, depression or bipolar illness. If you do, you may need to go see a psychiatrist to adjust your medications or start you on some. If you are otherwise healthy see a GYN. ...Read more

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I have no problem falling or staying asleep but i'm always tired, what can I do to feel more alert?

I have no problem falling or staying asleep but i'm always tired, what can I do to feel more alert?

Sleep apnea: Please discuss with your physician. Just because you fall asleep easily and think you sleep well , you may still be suffering from sleep apnea. This means that you may not be getting enough oxygen when you sleep. This is one possible cause of your situation. You may also have a thyroid problem or some other medical condition that could be related to your chronic fatigue. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why i get so easily distracted?

Could use expert help with why i get so easily distracted?

If distractibility: harmfully impacts your daily functioning, see a psychologist who can evaluate you for ADHD, which would have started before age 10, anxiety & other possible causes. You need a diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms in order to develop an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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What do I do if i'm to depressed to get out of bed and just feel like I have no energy to even move, just tired but not sleeping!?

What do I do if i'm to depressed to get out of bed and just feel like I have no energy to even move, just tired but not sleeping!?

Get help: Depression can be paralyzing - but it can also be treated.It is clear that your quality of life is poor right now - make a commitment to change that. Getting well will take effort on your part but it will be worth it. Take care. ...Read more

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I have no energy or motivation to do anything & It's making me very depressed. All I do is work, and try to sleep. How can I fix this?

Depressive symptoms: Start with a medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of your symptoms. Medications are sometimes indicated. Talking therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing ...Read more

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2 days... cant sleep, not even tired. im not overly hyper i just cant seem to get tired. i have not taken any meds or stimulants. what's wrong?

2 days... cant sleep, not even tired.  im not overly hyper i just cant seem to get tired.  i have not taken any meds or stimulants.  what's wrong?

Try to sleep: Maybe nothing is wrong. I wonder what would happen if you let yourself rest? Sometimes you can be good at staying alert but underneath you are actually needing a rest. ...Read more

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How can I get to sleep fast and easy? Been having a real hard to falling asleep even though i'm exhausted.

How can I get to sleep fast and easy? Been having a real hard to falling asleep even though i'm exhausted.

Insomnia: Depends if its acute or chronic for less than 3 months, read aboiut sleep hygiene, try Ambien (zolpidem) like meds, cbti for longer than 6 months cbti has been proven better than meds in most studies. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of tiredness? Or lazyness?... I sometimes wake up to tired and don't have much energy to do anything all day...Help please!

How can I get rid of tiredness? Or lazyness?... I sometimes wake up to tired and don't have much energy to do anything all day...Help please!

How's your sleep?: Use excellent 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. ...Read more

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Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Do people take test to know that they have bipolar disorder? I sometimes feel happy or depressed with unknown reason. Also think too much can't sleep

Best Dr. Diagnoses: There are some Questionnaires that patients can fill out, but the true diagnosis is best made by a one on one examination form a trained Psychiatrist. See the attached link for a PDf questionnaire that may aide some providers in the diagnosis. http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/MDQ.pdf ...Read more

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I can get easily distracted and it's hard for me to focus and pay attention sometimes, do I have add or adhd?

I can get easily distracted and it's hard for me to focus and pay attention sometimes, do I have add or adhd?

It's possible: Although the symptoms you describe are consistent with adhd, there are many other conditions that can cause difficulty with focus and concentration. A few examples include thyroid dysfunction, depression, or an anxiety disorder. You will need to see a psychiatrist, a primary care doctor familiar with adhd, or a mental health professional to help discover the real reasons. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Hard to focus, easily distracted, bcoming more forgetful n sometimes a bit confused. Is this bcs lack of sleep or something else? I get round 4.5h sleep

Hard to focus, easily distracted, bcoming more forgetful n sometimes a bit confused. Is this bcs lack of sleep or something else? I get round 4.5h sleep

Sleep deprivation: Generally 4.5 hours of sleep per night is not enough for most people and will predictably create some irritability, problems with concentration and recall, and fatigue. Of course this begs the question of why one would be getting such little sleep - medications, drugs, a mood disorder or medical condition. If sleeping more doesnt help it woudl be generally wise to get medical consultation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have super emotional over tasks i normally would'nt crying getting frustrated and irritable. Is this hormones?

What to do if I have super emotional over tasks i normally would'nt crying getting frustrated and irritable. Is this hormones?

Likely depression: 4 classic symptoms wake in middle of night-difficult to get back to sleep; wake in am and just want to stay in bed; irrible; tearful/emotional see psychologist, MD, psychiatrist ...Read more

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


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Easily Distracted (Definition)

Being easily distracted means that your thoughts or attention can be drawn away quickly or without much stimulation from what you ...Read more