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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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Could fatigue, lack of sleep over a month and working on laptops or ipad cause increased floaters in high myopes?

Could fatigue, lack of sleep over a month and working on laptops or ipad cause increased floaters in high myopes?

No -more aware: You most probably have a vitreous floater. The clear gel that fills eyeball is normally attached to all parts of the inside of the eye. As we get older it can become more liquid (watery) and detaches from the back of the retina causing your "dirt" floater. In patients with myopia this can happen at an earlier age. Fatigue has nothing to do with fatigue or use of eyes. ...Read more

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Experiencing migraines, dizzy, lack of sleep, muscle tension, not myself also abnormally worried or anxious at work. Working long hours no breaks?

Experiencing migraines, dizzy, lack of sleep, muscle tension, not myself also abnormally worried or anxious at work. Working long hours no breaks?

Anxiety: Your lack of sleep, muscle tension, dizziness and migraines are all contributing to your anxiety.Speak to your doctor for help. You might also want to consider looking for a less stressful job. ...Read more

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Could lack of sleep cause night terrors?

Could lack of sleep cause night terrors?

Sleep Deprivation: can increase risk of having a night terror. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep reduce your life say if you had under 5 hours a night ?

Can lack of sleep reduce your life say if you had under 5 hours a night ?

Sleep deprivation: over time can effect one's mental and physical health. See: http://www.aasmnet.org/Resources/FactSheets/SleepDeprivation.pdf Suggest you see your pcp to rule out medical causes for any sleep difficulties. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Advice having nightmares every other night suffering now with lack of sleep ?

Advice having nightmares every other night suffering now with lack of sleep

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Nightmares, Insomnia: I feel your distress about having nightmares and lack of sleep. Nightmares can have anxiety and fear. They indicate traumatic experience with emotional turmoil and unresolved conflicts. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for stresses of relationships, marriage, separation, parenting, children leaving home, work and finances. Exercise in evening; Breathing Relaxation and Meditation before sleeping. ...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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Could my daily headaches be due to lack of sleep from breastfeeding all night ?

Could my daily headaches be due to lack of sleep from breastfeeding all night ?

Yes: Anyone who has breastfed knows that it can be very demanding. Sleep deprivation is common for new moms, especially those who are breastfeeding. Keep breastfeeding, though..It is really the best gift you can give your baby. Get anyone willing to help you to give you a hand so that you can catch up on some sleep. Sleep deprivation can certainly cause headaches and depression. ...Read more

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At what point is lack of sleep going to have a negative impact in health and job performance? And how? Is 5 hours/night enough?

At what point is lack of sleep going to have a negative impact in health and job performance? And how? Is 5 hours/night enough?

Never good: Lack of sleep is quite detrimental to health. It can cause the same type of impairment as alcohol intoxication. It has been shown to cause immune system problems, cognitive deficits, and other health problems. For some people, 5h/night may be enough. But, for most people, 7-8 hours per night is usually what is needed. ...Read more

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I've had a headache for a couple of days now but I get really tired at night and I never get headaches could it be lack of sleep?

I've had a headache for a couple of days now but I get really tired at night and I never get headaches could it be lack of sleep?

Difficulty falling: asleep is often associated w/anxiety while waking up early and not returning to sleep is associated w/depression. Periodic waking is associated w/overall light sleep. Please see you doc who may order a sleep study. A psychologist can help w/stress management. Peace and good health. Stop all stimulants after noon. See doc about headaches which MAY be from lack of sleep but you need a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Wake up at night time fast heartbeat 120, 165/95 bp(normally 125/75)and feeling of panic.Gradually goes down, before episode stress and lack of sleep?

Wake up at night time fast heartbeat 120, 165/95 bp(normally 125/75)and feeling of panic.Gradually goes down, before episode stress and lack of sleep?

Panic attack?: It's not uncommon to have panic attacks wake you in the night. Lack of sleep and ongoing anxiety can worsen them. However, this needs a full medical evaluation to make sure of what's going on, so you can get the best help possible. There are good treatments for panic attacks with both medications and psychotherapy. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the hazards of sleep depravation? My husband only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep a night. He is very short tempered now and seems to have anger issues. Could this be attributed to his lack of sleep?

What are the hazards of sleep depravation? My husband only gets about 3-5 hours of sleep a night.  He is very short tempered now and seems to have anger issues.  Could this be attributed to his lack of sleep?

Yes...failure : Yes...Failure to obtain adequate rem sleep deprives the body of its ability to "recharge" itself. Lack of sleep can lead to many physiological (high blood pressure, heart disease) and psychological (irritability) will result. Suggest you consult with a sleep specialist for a consultation and possible sleep study to determine why this problem is occurring. Most major hospitals have a sleep specialists. ...Read more

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I only have time to sleep a few hours each night due to heavy schoolwork/job. How do I manage with this constant lack of sleep?

I only have time to sleep a few hours each night due to heavy schoolwork/job. How do I manage with this constant lack of sleep?

Time Management: You are describing "sleep deprivation", which, in the long run, is bad for you, affecting your ability to make good life decisions for yourself. I collected a couple of articles on time management here: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s5/sh/ffdd7d6c-18d8-4fea-814f-fe89a07e3355/56478897c116434d8030f49e983f879a An excellent book in the subject is the "First Thing First" book by Stephen Covey. ...Read more

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Can't sleeping at night. Very tired during afternoon, but impressively active & awake at 4a.m. Nauseous during day pga lack of sleep?

Can't sleeping at night. Very tired during afternoon, but impressively active & awake at 4a.m. Nauseous during day pga lack of sleep?

You might be...: ...a night owl with a morning bird schedule. Or your normal sleep-wake cycle might be disrupted by the long daytime hours of during summer time in the extreme northern & southern parts of the planet. It's complicated. I suggest you go to mayoclinic.org--patient information--diseases & conditions and get info on insomnia. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I use to remove the dark marks from under my eyes? What can I take to sleep at night because my body lack of sleep (stress)?

What can I use to remove the dark marks from under my eyes? What can I take to sleep at night because my body lack of sleep (stress)?

Clinque & Melatonin: There is a great product available from Clinque called "Even better eyes" that really works to remove the dark circles under your eyes. If you want to try something OTC for sleep, I suggest Melatonin, which is an herbal supplement that works well for some people. You should also practice relaxation exercises. If that doesn't work, you may need prescription medication for sleep. ...Read more

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I am 18 and for years I have had lack of sleep or sleeping all day and staying up all night. Is this going to kill me and put me in a funeral casket?

I am 18 and for years I have had lack of sleep or sleeping all day and staying up all night. Is this going to kill me and put me in a funeral casket?

No: It sounds like you are having mood problems. They can often affect your sleep in both those ways. Get in to see a health professional. They may want to check your thyroid functions, but mostly you need to talk this through to get some relief. ...Read more

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Fiancés feet jump/move when asleep,every other second or same number of seconds apart.can it be stopped.causes rows & lack of sleep for me every night?

Fiancés feet jump/move when asleep,every other second or same number of seconds apart.can it be stopped.causes rows & lack of sleep for me every night?

Neurologist: Restless leg syndrome and/ myoclonic jerks come to mind. Consult a neurologist and evaluation will also include a sleep study and possible EEG. Medications are usually effective for restless leg syndrome. ...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