Patient discussion about sleep

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Q. How to deal with sleeping problems?

I wonder if anyone could help me. Here's the thing: I’ve been in school break for two months now and that means i usually go to bed at about 2 am, and I usually wake up with an alarm clock at 11 for breakfast then lunch immediately after breakfast. My problem is that I have problems sleeping, I usually stay an hour or two in bed trying to get some sleep.
A1My Dr. has me on Ambien cr,12.5 MG Tablets, and they work fine for me. I though i would see if they really worked about a month ago and did not take a pill before bed time, and i went right to sleep and slep for about 1 1/2 hrs and was awake the rest of the night, so i never fail to take a tablet every night when i lay down. Ask your dr. about this med.
A2It sounds like you have a problem to fall asleep but not to actually sleep, since you are sleeping from 2 to 11 every night, which is 9 hours.
Here is a website with some tips on how to fall asleep:
http://www.well.com/~mick/insomnia/
A3I tend to do that as well after the holidays. I recommend a few days before school starts go to bed the time you usually do during the holidays but then get up really early in the morning (say 6am for an example). Put a REALLY annoying and loud alarm clock at the end of your room so you would have to get out of bed and turn it off in order to get some sleep. After you turn the alarm off don't go back to bed, no matter how tired you are. Try taking a shower or going to a walk to wake yourself up. That night then you would be a little more tired than you would normally be, so it should be easier to sleep.

Q. I go to sleep & use to wake up paralyzed in my sleep.

I go to sleep & use to wake up paralyzed in my sleep. But not asleep, just laying there, eyes wide open paralyzed. I couldn't breath, I couldn't speak, move anything but my eyes. I could look around but I couldn't even breathe. This has happened a few times in my old house, once in my mother's house (she lived by the side of a graveyard), and then only once in my new house. What is it and what do you think is causing it?
A1I had the same problem but never at night...and it only happened during the day when I take nap. I will wake up and I can't move or talk, I can't open my eyes either. I've never been able to snap out of it though, I just have to lay there until I go back to sleep, and usually it doesn't happen when I wake up the next time. Needless to say I try NOT to take naps anymore, because it happens nearly every time.
A2Hi, I join you because I have the same symptoms. It will occur once in a while like every three months. But it sometimes makes me to feels as if somebody is holding me down and shaking me and I can't move. I haven't really concentrated on breathing, so I don't know if I am able to. But, I have tried to yell and get up, but moving is not an option. I will see dark figures sometimes in the room or faces, which makes me feel like I am being possessed. I have heard that these symptoms are caused by stress, anxiety, or being bipolar. I have also heard that in such cases you may have to concentrate on your fingers and try to move them. I haven't got a chance to try this out yet, but I will the next time it happens. If you try it and if it works, let me know.
A3I have the same symptoms. I sleep and have visions of a person or people, and when I wake up I feel like I can’t move or breathe. Outside sounds like a buzzing turns into a whispering voice saying "get up" and the only thing I can do is touch my fingers to whatever is near. The way I dealt with this is to not drink alcohol and sleep comfortably with no blankets by my face. Try not to be scared and go back to sleep. If this doesn’t work then contact doctor immediately.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzhwuH7DJlE&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vzzhwuH7DJlE_paralyzed_patients_get_helping_hand?q=paralyzed&feature=player_embedded

Q. sleeping problems

i"m waking up in the middle of the night and can't get back.
AThe first steps usually recommended are to improve sleep hygiene:
• Sleep only as much as you need to feel rested
• Keep a regular sleep schedule
• Avoid forcing sleep
• Exercise regularly for at least 20 minutes, preferably 4 to 5 hours before bedtime
• Avoid caffeinated beverages after lunch
• Avoid alcohol near bedtime: no "night cap"
• Avoid smoking, especially in the evening
• Do not go to bed hungry
• Adjust bedroom environment
• Deal with your worries before bedtime
These practices address many of the causes of sleep problems. However, sleep problems may result from many causes, so consulting a doctor may be wise.

Take care,

Q. Can’t get to sleep at night

I’m 39 years old woman, and in lately I have some difficulties sleeping. I talked to a friend that told that her mother also have these problems and that she takes a pill that makes her sleep like a baby… Does anyone know where can I get this pill- this sleep problems makes the days after a real hell in work…
A1I’m not sure these drugs are sold OTC, and anyway, if the above advices doesn’t help you may try to speak to your doctors and ask for a treatment.
A2Sleep problems may result from many things. Before you opt for the chemical option, you can try to change your sleeping habits (like going to sleep at a similar time every night etc.). You can read more here :
http://www.emedicinehealth.com/insomnia/article_em.htm

Q. What shall I do to get good sleep?

I am taking a balanced and natural diet regularly. I prefer taking green leafy vegetables. This has really helped with my pain. I am taking minimum dosage of pain killers against what was being prescribed by my doctor. Last week I came late from the party and this made me tired but I did have great sleep. I feel much better after a good and undisturbed sleep. What shall I do to get good sleep?
A1Try any one activity such as swimming, walking and yoga. This will provide a light stretch to your body and will aid in sleeping. It is good that you eat a natural diet. Massage therapy relax the muscles and aids in sleeping. Fix routine bed and dinner time. Heat therapy is also found to work well with fibromyalgia patients. Make sure to bath in hot water as hot water relaxes the muscles and keeps you active for the day. Medications and therapy is found to do wonders with fibromyalgia sufferers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjhFQMkW6Bo&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vTzxLvLHdiCo_muscle_testing_benefits_freeshield?q=fibromyalgia%20%20heat%20th&feature=player_embedded
A2a hard thing to achieve when having Fibromyalgia...i guess that the pain wakes you up yes?
actually,many doctors believe that a major factor contributing to the symptoms of fibromyalgia is the inability of the sufferer to get a good night's sleep. so it's a vicious cycle...
gentle massage, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques are all generally considered beneficial with respect to chronic pain management.

Q. I dont want to take sleeping pills but how do I fix this!?

I have been sleeping on and off for a long time. I have taken sleeping pills once because I really needed the sleep, but I have just been letting it happen because I dont want to become addicted to sleeping pills. My mind doesnt stop! I toss and turn, sleep an hour, lie awake another... Some way to help this without medicine?! Please and thank you.
A1There is Valerian (it can be strong)also Hops (a potpori) bag under your pillow ,if it is hot or where your pain if you have it Liac is good to spray under the covers ,I don't know if their is a law again yet Kava Kava (look for high Kavalectones)is verty relaxing ,I figure if someone found out it can relax people it will be made illegal .With Valerian mix Hops and Peppermint leaves and flowers (Peppermint is for your stomach also) I worked when I was 16 for Dr Wu a very old Chinese Herbalogist he would travel to the patients house,because each person is differebnt with different needs . I do know yoga is wonderful and it got my wifes figure b ack for her after babies ,many Healthfood Stores have experts in Herbalogy and other things that will help you sleep ,but be it a pill from the Doc or the inocuous herbal tea try not to use every night and if your Doc is worth (his or her ,I have 9 specialist ,therapist NPs I see and all are women and I have the best health care I ever had
A2PS (Could not find an edit function)

Linden tea is supposed to be very soothing and seems to have good results for insomnia.
A3I have had chronic insomnia since middle school, but have recently found that meditation and simple yoga exercises help greatly. For meditation try to sit upright for 5 minutes so you do not fall asleep. While sitting try to keep your attention on your breath ie how you feel your lungs expanding, the air going through your nostrils, etc. For the yoga exercise, it will sound weird (I know it did to me), but give it a try. While lying down move your head from side to side gently until you feel a bit more relaxed. Take three deep breaths. Then with your heels together, repeatedly touch and separate your toes (move the tops of your feet out to the side and then back, keep your heals together). The scientific reasoning behind the exercise is that it helps stimulate your brain stem which in turn helps your body relax. All the best.

Q. is there anything I can do so my body would require less sleep?

A1i dont recommend it,the body needs its rest,sleeping is when the body repairs itself,but if your persistent,try taking little naps during the day,
A2I only want to add this if you are disabled or older ,there is a part in our Stage four sleep when our bodies repair themselves
A3i once dated someone who claimed she got used to sleeping only 3-4 hours a day. she said it took her 2 years to get used to it. but i really do not recommend it. while we sleep, very important things happen - our bones get reconstructed, our hormonal state changes, we dream and so forth. depriving your body from that can lead to serious results like raise the chances to get cancer, psychological problems and so forth.

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