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Working the night shift and lack of sleep?

Working the night shift and lack of sleep?

Keep a daily routine: A person who works the night shift can try to re-train his circadian (24-hour) rhythm, to adapt to the new work hours. Have a darkened, quiet bedroom just for sleeping. Aim for 7-8 hours of real sleep, after winding down when off work. Avoid letting activities creep into the sleep time. Lack of sleep is dangerous, causing mistakes in judgement, more errors at work, and car accidents in commuting. ...Read more

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Sleep Deprivation (Definition)

A condition in which, either consciously or unconsciously, you are not allowing your body enough time for sleep. Typically, adults require six to eight hours, although some people require ...Read more


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Snoring, light daytime sleepness.Fatiguein the evening and sudden waking up in the night with a feeling of lack of air.What is it?

Snoring, light daytime sleepness.Fatiguein the evening and sudden waking up in the night with a feeling of lack of air.What is it?

OSA: These are symptoms related with osa (obstructive sleep apnea) which is sometimes related with overweight and obesity or some throat and nose anatomical problems. You should see your primary care physician and if you qualify have a sleep study done for diagnosis. It is very important to find out because this disorder is related with heart problems that can develop with time if leave it untreated. ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc 
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Night terrors: From experience teaching Planned Dream Intervention to over 35,000 people world-wide, I most strongly recommend learning this skill over any medication. When you have disturbing experiences you are going to have unusual or frightening content in your dreams but there is no validity to dream interpretation. My No More Nightmares class teaches clients how to sleep through their dreams-without drugs! ...Read more

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Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Best medication(s) for anxiety and panic attacks mainly in sleep, suffering from night terrors and sleep paralysis causing hours of lost sleep and sleep deprivation and added increased anxiety etc ?

Psychotherapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxietyor depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Loss of sleep at night, always tired during the day and loss of energy since returning from dream trip. Causes at 59?

Loss of sleep at night, always tired during the day and loss of energy since returning from dream trip. Causes at 59?

? Sugar: Sugar creates a relative deficiency of vitamin b1 and magnesium. Loss of cellular energy will cause fatigue. Sugar will also cause insomnia in some people, particularly if there is family history of diabetes. ...Read more

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Can the negative effects of sleep deprivation last restoration of normal sleep patterns?

Can the negative effects of sleep deprivation last restoration of normal sleep patterns?

Unfortunately yes: Yes, chronic sleep deprivation that is often more than the definition of 3 months but rather 5-10years, can have long-lasting effects even after sleep has been better regulated. Not to fear because most do improve if not go away. ...Read more

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Insomnia at night then fatigue and lack of energy during the day and i take Valium at night?

Insomnia at night then fatigue and lack of energy during the day and i take Valium at night?

Depression?: Ekennard, do you not deserve a thorough evaluation.Talk to you pcp for a consultation with a well trained psychiatrist. Keep in mind (1) valium is for short term anxiety, (2) physical difficulties must be ruled out as part of your evaluation. Time is on your side! wish you the best! ...Read more

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What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

Not sure: Not sure how you define each. Sleep habits in adults are individual and body needs vary. If you dream when you sleep the amount of sleep you need tends to be less in order to fell refreshed. In general +/- 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep should be good. Judge by how you feel. Whatever refreshes YOU is what you need. Avoid alcohol caffeine or stimulants in the evening and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Achy knees & ankles at night with problems sleeping and insomnia. Averaging about 3 to 4 hours of sleep and a lot of tossing and turning.

Achy knees & ankles at night with problems sleeping and insomnia. Averaging about 3 to 4 hours of sleep and a lot of tossing and turning.

Anxiety: These symptoms are likely due to Stress causing Anxiety and sleep problem. Let Wise Person within you Reflect: •Stress in your Life •To decrease Reaction to stress •Before sleeping, close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life and Feel Wonder of Breath of Life • Music Relaxation • Visual Imagery • Meditation • To see Physician for Achy knees & ankles • To see Psychiatrist for Therapy and Medication ...Read more

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What is the reason of sleep problems?Going to sleep at 4am and waking up late.

What is the reason of sleep problems?Going to sleep at 4am and waking up late.

Various: Sleep cycles are sensitive to many different influences. These may be the food you eat, concern about something, weather, and sleep environment. Look to see the differences in your life before the problem began and at the time of the problem and you may see the cause. ...Read more

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I sleep atot of the day?

I sleep  atot of the day?

See a doctor: There may be many causes of this such as low thyroid, anemia, diabetes, depression, and sleep apnea. You need to see a doctor. At your age this is not normal nor good. ...Read more

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Can someone decrease the hours of sleep needed each night and still feel awake?

Can someone decrease the hours of sleep needed each night and still feel awake?

Yes & No: Our need for sleep is pre-wired and individual for each of us. We may be able to go a few days or weeks on less sleep and feel fine but it will eventually take it's toll on our physical and/or mental well being. The optimal amount of sleep varies for each person throughout their lives as well and can be affected by stress, health, or any number of things. ...Read more

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Random thoughts and evening headaches and lack of sleep. Why?

Random thoughts and evening headaches and lack of sleep. Why?

We need more info: To know what may ba causing your sleeplessness and thoughts. What are you worrying about? ...Read more

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How can I break the habit of staying up very late and sleeping in the daytime?

How can I break the habit of staying up very late and sleeping in the daytime?

Sleep cycle: Try changing your schedule slowly by staying up an hour later each day and waking up also an hour later. You should be back on a normal schedule in 2 weeks. Changing 2 hours at a time will help you do it faster. ...Read more

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I feel sleepy at odd times of the day.inspite of having 6-7hrs of night sleep.

I feel sleepy at odd times of the day.inspite of having 6-7hrs of night sleep.

You may need more: than 6-7 hours of sleep nightly. Alternatively, your blood sugar may be dropping. Please see your doc who can investigate this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can having a radio playing at night while you sleep affect the quality of your sleep?

Yes use good sleep: Hygiene. 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 many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. >>>. ...Read more

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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