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Why Do People Talk In Their Sleep
No: I'm a psychiatrist. I, like my colleagues, don't want to lock people up in hospitals... Communities pay for the staff and build hospitals to maintain mental health in their communities. The communities, don't want the behaviors outside of a locked unit. Frankly, i don't think patients in the locked units want their behaviors either and feel happier leaving it all behind before being discharge. ...Read more
Genetic factors,: And personal experiences may lead to this, besides certain personality disorders. I m not sure if you ask this because you have or not so much. In any case, for a more specific answer, you can rephrase your question. ...Read more
Recurring depression: Some people have a biological predisposition to have depression and are more likely to have repeated depressive episodes. For others, they encounter stressful situations multiple times in their lives that lead to the symptoms. There are can be a combination of both. For those that have had a depressive episode, there is a 50% chance to have a second. If you have had 3, there is a 90% of a 4th. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How come kids don't snore but adults do? What changes happen to make us snore and why are some people louder than others?
Kids do snore too: But reasons for snoring in kids are bit different, although overweight/obesity with more fat deposition in the neck area is the main reason adults snore, in kids this is less common than enlarged adenoids that can block the airways partially and cause snoring. Either way, weight reduction if overweight/obese at any age is needed to control snoring together with treating the enlarged adenoids ...Read more
Mutism: The brain conducts all body actions and it will still be there despite losing the function to talk. Despite being mute, a person can communicate by moving the lips, using sign language and respond by writing or drawing. ...Read more
Many causes: Some people naturally sleep with their eyelids open 1-2 millimeters. Sometimes there is an underlying condition that contributes to poor eyelid closure such as graves' disease or bell's palsy. Sleeping with the eyelids open can lead to dryness of the corneas (exposure keratopathy). An eye exam is important to assess the health of the cornea and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more
Variable reasons: If your neck size is at least 17" you likely have sleep apnea as well as snore. . If you have a very high narrow palate and/or a long uvula you are more likely to snore. Also if you have nasal polyps or allergies, since you now must breathe more thru your mouth, and the longer uvula can vibrate more as the tongue can slide back in the mouth while you are asleep ANS muscles are more relaxed. ...Read more
Sleep phase.: Depends on what sleep phase they're in. Those in deep sleep will not move because all of the muscles go limp and the brain is relatively inactive. Those who are moving around are in a lighter phase of sleep. Some people, such as those with sleep apnea, may spend all night in a superficial phase of sleep. ...Read more
Why do some people seem to form opinions of other people based on their names before ever getting to know the person? Employers do this when hiring.
Not sure about this: Your question is interesting but I don't think this is necessarily the best venue for it. It sounds like it would be more appropriate on PsychTap than here. ...Read more
Why people snore: There are many reasons people snore. A lot has to do with anatomy. Short neck, large tongue, small jaw, redundant soft palate tissue, nasal congestion from cold or allergy, large turbinates, deviated nasal septum, enlarged tonsils +/- adenoid, generalized or abdominal obesity contribute to abnormal air flow through the nose and /or mouth, which often translates into noisy, audible breathing. ...Read more
Depends.: It depends on the type of noise. It could be normal dreams, sinus problem or people with obstructive sleep apnea will make noises, gasping for air as they have a very difficult time breathing or inhaling enough throughout the night. This is a serious medical condition that should be determined and addressed appropriately as this places extreme stress on the body. See a physician for evaluation. ...Read more
No: Not if the person is truly in coma. Coma includes lack of responsiveness to internal as well as external stimuli, except for maintenance of basic functions, which even so are not well-regulated. Eeg in coma shows activity which is not associated with dreaming. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talking in sleep: Almost half of the children between the ages of 3 and 10, talk in their sleep. While only about 5% of adults. So, the good news is that they will probably outgrow it. It is normal, and you can't really do anything about it. It can be a sign of sleep apnea, but rarely in children. Consult your doctor, if you are concerned about this. ...Read more
I have sleep paralyses, only three times though. What do I do? It's extremely scary. I can't move or talk. I can only blink can someone help me?
See a dr.: I would get to a dr. Asap. This should be a major concern and not taken lightly. You may be referred to a neurologist. ...Read more
Sleep Walking/Talkin: Sleep walking and talking occurs in delta sleep or slow wave sleep, usually the deepest stage of sleep, many times its genetic, sometimes spontaneous, please ensure safety and you don't hurt yourself as when in delta sleep you don't have any recall of what you did! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deep sleep issue: People go through different sleep cycles during the night. Sleepwalking and sleep talking usually occurs during non-rem sleep (stages 3 or 4) early in the night. Fatigue, sleep deprivation, and anxiety are all associated with these behaviors in adults. Alcohol or medication use may also be correlated in some cases. If this is distressing or becomes dangerous, please discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
Sleep entry disorder: Sleep talking/walking/terrors appear to occur most often in those with sleep deprivation/irregularity. As one glides down into sleep, those that slip rapidly into deep sleep states tend to go through these interesting patterns. The individuals will not be aware of the event, different from those who are coming out of light sleep that will remember their last thoughts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't ask why: Each of us has idiosyncratic behaviors for which we never find explanations. Don't try to medicalize, analyze, or cure it. Probably there's not any reason to address it unless it also causes him substantial distress or makes sleeping together impossible. If so, a psychiatry consult may be in order. But I suspect common sense is best -- simply love him and accept his love. ...Read more
Can you please talk about of the long term effects of only getting 3 to 4 hours a sleep a day/night?
Fatigue: The inability to process thoughts and memories. A decreased immune system. An increase in your perception of pain. ...Read more
I am wanting to talk to an epileptic to find out if sleep is affected, can you still do daily chores.?
See below: Depends on the type of your epilepsy ; your antiepilepsy medications. Sleep is usually affected due to medications ; the epilepsy as well ;#40;especially if not controlled properly;#41;. Use caution ; sound judgement when doing chores if you have epilepsy. Avoid using/doing anything that can cause injury if you had a seizure ;#40;such as falling from high places, etc;#41;. Consult your neurologist for details. ...Read more
When I put my four year old to bed, she literally talks herself to sleep. Will this mess with her mental capacity ?
If a person can't sleep at night, is very down, talks constantly about pain everywhere in the body(test show nothing wrong), what is wrong?
Medically OK?: If you are medically sound i would recommend asking your doctor for a referral to a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist who does therapy in addition to medication. You sound depressed in that brief statement but won't venture a guess as to why or how to treat, but it should be evaluated before worsening. All the best! ...Read more
My baby is 68 days old , He would not fall sleep ,I have used my all method that walk ,sit ,and talk to him ,who can help me! thank you?
Your pediatrician : can tell you if he's healthy so you can establish consistent nap & bedtimes. In low light, read, rock, feed, wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth after the last feed. Then put him on his back in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, without pacifier or bottle to learn to self-calm for sleep. Sadly, you can't do it for him. Calmly repeat if he cries for more than 10 minutes. ...Read more
Hi I have been feling realy deprest latly I am tierd no mater how much sleep i get i don't won't to do enything or talk to enyone what can I do?
Please Seek Help: I'm glad that you have reached out in this way. It is your first step in feeling better. Please see your doctor, who can evaluate the cause of the problem and help you to feel better. Your doctor may also help you find a therapist, someone experienced and completely private to talk with. ...Read more
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