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6/24/12 2:47 P

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Hi Sabrina and emoticon to the team. It seems as if you have gotten some awfully good advice. No matter if the problem is psychological or physical, the place to start is with your doctor. I have lots of trouble sleeping and staying asleep, but I am bipolar and it is part of my disorder. I am on medication that helps with that, but I have been working with my psychiatrist to solve this problem. I am sure that your doctor can help you discover exactly what the diagnosis is and the proper form of treatment. Keep in touch with the group. We care. It is wonderful to have you with us on this journey! Take care and God bless, Deb T.

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6/23/12 3:27 A

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Welcome Sabrina!
I would make yourself wake up earlier in the day, so you are tired throughout the day, but are able to sleep when "bedtime" comes. A hot bath is also a GREAT idea, it relaxes all of your muscles and gets you in a sleepy mood. Best of luck!


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6/23/12 12:56 A

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Hi and welcome to the team Sabrina. Are you consuming a lot of caffiene? I would cut out all caffiene at least 5 hours prior to bedtime. Drink you a cup of decaf hot herb tea with honey, or a cup of hot milk. Take a relaxing bubble bath and read a good book. emoticon

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6/21/12 11:15 P

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Are you currently being treated for a psychological disorder? Staying up for three days straight can be a symptom of bipolar disorder. Please see a doctor.

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6/21/12 7:35 P

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You may be suffering from circadian rhythm sleep disorder. That's a mouthful, but what it means is that: we have biological rhythms, known as circadian rhythms, which are controlled by an internal biological "clock" in our bodies on a daily basis. A person's desire and ability to fall asleep is influenced by both the length of time since the person woke from an adequate sleep, and by internal circadian rhythms.

To determine whether you have this disorder, your primary care provider may order what's called a sleep study. To do this, you spend the night at a sleep lab,where your sleep is observed from another room and your brain waves are monitored by painless scalp electrodes to asses the phases of your sleep, including the dreaming phase.

If the sleep study provides a positive diagnosis, some treatments include:
1. counseling about sleep hygiene in which the patient is told to avoid naps, caffeine, and other stimulants---as well as to not lie in bed for anything besides sleep and sex.
2.Bright light therapy is used to advance or delay sleep, depending on how the circadian rhythm is shifted. Patients are exposed to high-intensity light (up to 10,000 lux) for a duration of 3060 minutes at a time, the time of day depending on whether an advance or a delay is needed.
3. Gentle sleep aids, such as melatonin, which was mentioned in a previous post---with, of course, a physician's recommendation. Narcotic sedatives are usually not recommended since they complicate the circadian rhythm.


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6/21/12 6:20 P

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i get like that and i have autonomic neuropathy but my neurologist recommneded melatonin at night..this is in no way a thing for you to just go do but consult your doc on this..i sleep at night but even better that that i get to the sleep stage where one dreams again..that didn't happened for me for years and i wake up rested in the morning..HOWEVER if i don't take it i am up and down all's over the counter but you need to talk to your doc about trying it and see if he will agree to a test using's worth it to be proactive with your medical care..but i always ask for sure
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6/21/12 3:49 P

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Hi. Welcome to the team. Do you take any kind of meds? Have you talked to your Dr. about this? I would consult my PCP and ask him about it. Good luck.

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6/21/12 12:41 P

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Hi, I am new. I wanted to put this out there so that maybe someone else has been or is going through something like I am. I can't sleep at night. I stay up till 2 or 3 pm then go to sleep. sleep till 6 or 8 pm then am up all night again. The only time this is not the case is when my room mate makes me go to bed, but that is only at most 3 times a week when he is home. I know I need to go to bed at a normal hour, but I just can't. There are times, thought they don't happen a lot, that I am up for 2-3 days, with no sleep at all. What could be the cause for this and what can I do to stop it?

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