Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Anxiety

Susan asks…

Insomnia Problem?

cure for insomnia?it would be better if they are not medicines..
oh.i tried to lay in bed and keep my eyes close..i also tried to make a dream..but still it doesn’t time i was laying down in bed for 3hours and still i can’t sleep..
hehe..and no taking of illegal drugs..^_^

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark. Soak a tablespoon of mint leaves in a cup of water for an hour, drink every night. Check out for more info

David asks…

Why do I have insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia can be caused by:
- stress
- anxiety
- depression
- witnessing a traumatic event
- medication that can cause sleep loss
- illnesses that can cause sleep loss
- sleeping patterns are they consistent? Eg. Do u sleep for different amounts of time everyday. 12 hrs yesterday and 6 the next?
- sleeping environment. Is it comfortable and quiet?

Sandy asks…

Do I have insomnia? :( ?

I don’t go to sleep until 5-6am. and when I do finally try to go to bed, I have to have at least one light on or the tv or else I’ll have anxiety and can’t sleep. Also, I start having all these horrible scenarios running through my head so much that I can never fall asleep.
Sometimes I just give up.
And whenever I have an anxiety attack I start shaking uncontrollably and it feels like a seizure but it’s not, and I start sweating and have to pace around the room.
Help? I’m scared :(

Insomnia Stress answers:

You might have insomnia but you may have something more than that. Possibly depression or anxiety attacks or something like that. Anxiety may be causing you to no be able to sleep. And the whole scenarios running through your head is very common. It takes me a long time to fall asleep because of that. But the anxiety attacks may be caused by stress or something that is bothering you. Don’t be scared. Everything will be okay. Talk to someone you trust. And if that doesn’t help maybe talk to your doctor. Hope this helps (:

Ken asks…

Insomnia??? please help me?

I have insomnia …I stay up relaly late at night since I just can’t fall asleep, but then I sleep really late in the mornings and still get tired during the day.

I’ve heard people say melatonin is good to take for regulating your sleep cycle? how exactly does it work? does it just maek you fall asleep faster at night?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Not sure about the medication but insomnia is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark. Soak a tablespoon of mint leaves in a cup of water for an hour, drink every night. Check out for more info

James asks…

insomnia help……………………………………………………………………………..?

this past week i havent been able to sleep at any decent time, yesterday i had only 5 hours of sleep and its 5 am and im not even tired at all. i think it might be stress because i just had surgery and i found out my dad has cancer any suggestions????

Insomnia Stress answers:

Well,that would definitely be cause for stress.I’m sorry your father has this horrific disease/illness.He will be in my thoughts.
And,seeing how your not even tried….your mind is probably running on stress,nervousness,anxiety and your thoughts are probably racing also.This often times happens to me when I’m extremely stressed.I try to sleep,and my thoughts start racing and I find myself awakened within hours…only to start over again with racing thoughts over the stress/anxiety.

And,in your specific situation….you might benefit greatly from a sleep aid….such as Ambien.This sleep aid is usually prescribed for short term,and offers the patient a couple/three weeks of steady sleep.And,in your situation….and,in time…time to adjust to your fathers illness,and your surgery(recovery)…this medication would benefit you.And,would only be necessary for a couple/three weeks,and that would offer you some time for adjustment to this situation.An option to consider.

I wish I could offer more for you.
I hope that you father can work through his fight against cancer,and work into remission.I also hope your recovery from surgery is a speedy one.
All the best!

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Anxiety

Mark asks…

Insomnia questions and help?

Okay so I think I might be dealing with insomnia. I keep waking up in the middle of the night only to stay awake watching the clock for a few hours. I have a hard time falling asleep as well. The problem is, school starts at 8 am and if I havent rested all night then go to school that can be a very bad thing. so what do I do? Should I go in and see a doctor and maybe they can help?

I guess I should also list things that I have cause it may have some connection to insomnia.
-I have Separation Anxiety Disorder
-Severe Depression
-Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
-More than normal amounts of stress
-I take Antidepressants (Sertraline, Zoloft, and a pain med called Gabapentin)
-I do find myself relying on melatonin pills to get to bed

So what do I do? Should I go in and see a doctor? I really need help!!! Thanks in advance!

Insomnia Stress answers:

You sound like me so I feel your pain! I have anxiety and depression out the wazoo, not to mention I work 3rd shift on weeknights so when the weekend rolls around and I wanna sleep normally…might as well forget it!

One or all of your antidepressents may be interfering with your ability to sleep. I suffered from insomnia a few years back when on only one antidepressent, so I could only imagine what multiple medications could do. You should pay a visit back to your doctor to discuss a change of antidepressents or to see if adding one more to the list (a sleep aid) will be okay.

Sandy asks…

What is anxiety disorder?

I recently found out my girlfriend has an anxiety disorder and she has to talk to medication daily and talk to a therapist weekly. I would like to know more about this out of natural curiosity for her health and anything I can do to contribute to helping.

Insomnia Stress answers:

An anxiety disorder is a mental issue, that leads to stress, irritation, depression, insomnia, fatigue, and sometimes other anxiety linked mental disorders, such as manic-depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and so on…
Don’t jump ahead of yourself though. Just cause your girlfriend has a anxiety disorder, does not mean she’s crazy. Anxiety reacts different from person to person. In some people anxiety can be coped with and others may struggle more. In these days of the world, anxiety is even more greater in society than ever before, cause of how stressful and confusing this world has become. We can’t change the world and the confusion & chaos of society in it, but we can change our anxiety.
If your girlfriend does have a anxiety disorder, I wouldn’t recommend starting her down the medication path. Doctors say medication is good for stress, but I think it just complicates things. Stay away from anti-depressants, those things dull and zomify the brain and anti-anxiety meds like xanax and valium are too addictive and dependent. Just stay away from medication! Trust me, it will all pay off in the end.
Just have her talk to somebody including you and her guide in therapy. Cope with her stress issues and find out why she’s so stressed. Finding out is better than wondering why?

Steven asks…

Is my insomnia connected to my anxiety?

I have been diagnosed with anxiety over a year ago. I’m 17, a girl. Lately I’ve been under stress due to some personal problems, and I didn’t think it affected me as much in everyday life. But, at night, I just can’t seem to fall asleep. I don’t even think about the problems, my mind is blank, my body tired and ready to sink into sleep. But I just.. can’t. I’d lie there and doze off a little, sort of like a nap, and just “wake up” an hour later, still no sleep. It was the worst when I fell asleep at 5:30 in the morning once. Worst thing is I feel like I have to pee all the time, but only at night!. I don’t have bladder problems or infections. I have never been a good sleeper, and any time I’d get more stress in life, my peeing frenzy would always become worse, so I’m guessing that’s definitely stress related. Please help. I don’t know what to do, I’m just so tired, it’s been over a week of terrible sleeping now.. :/ thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress, depression, anxiety and worry are all health problems that can trigger off further health problems.

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Prescription medication for anxiety, stress, depression and worry can give you bad side effects so natural remedies are often much better.

Natural remedies for anxiety, stress, worry and depression include Yoga, Melatonin, St John’s Wort, Valerian Root, other herbs, vitamins and other remedies as in

Sleeping pills can give you bad side effects such as headaches so you are better off without them.

To sleep better just relax and switch off, if you can.

If you are having trouble switching off at bedtime some light exercise (for example, push ups or sit ups) at bedtime often helps you to relax, unwind and switch off and that often improves your sleep. Strenuous exercise at bedtime is likely to ruin your sleep.

Common OTC sleep aids include Chamomile tea, 5-HTP, Melatonin and Valerian Root.

Sleep enhancing foods are supposed to include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others as in

You can see further tips in which tells you “how to fall asleep and stay asleep”.

Mandy asks…

sleep insomnia?

can anyone tell me what sleep insomnia really is.. like sympton signs. as i think im suffering from it..

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark. Soak a tablespoon of mint leaves in a cup of water for an hour, drink every night. Check out for more info

Carol asks…

is my insomnia self induced or is it related to my asthma ?

i have a real problem sleeping which is why i am writing this at night, i am getting less than 4 hours sleep a night and am addicted to the playstation and computer but am not obese (underweight actually) not sure if my addiction is obsessive compulsive disorder or just my own fault for getting into a routine of playing it everyday but i read that obsessive compulsive disorder is also another condition that is associated with insomnia which can be caused by Restless Legs Syndrome which im guessing is the same as being a restless sleep which i am. i have also been told that asthma can cause insomnia not sure if it is true or not but i want to know if this is all linked and may be the reason for my problem or if it is just coincidence or just total crap and don’t just leave a random comment or something insulting genuine answers only thanks.
if it is any help or if it might give you a better insight i am a person who is very hard to get angry or annoyed this is deffinitly due to my high school years of being constantly bullied due to the fact that i would not fight back. and i also have exama (not sure if its the correct correct spelling or not but i think this is also a factor of the restless leg syndrome as i had to wear gloves to bed when i was younger or else i tore my skin apart with my scratching. im also 18 and at collage if thats any help and i wouldnt say i stressed but it may be because i dont let my stress out i just keep it to my self.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Some observations – both insomnia & asthma can be signs of stress or anxiety. My son has anxiety induced asthma & insomnia at times. Over the years I noticed it peak when he has more stress such as report cards coming out or final exams. Being “addicted” to computers & games can also be a sign of avoidance and a response to stress. But I’m not to try and diagnose you – these are just suggestions to look at. It does sound like you are a bit stressed out and worried.

If you’re spending a lot of time inside on computers, then it’s logical that you may have some trouble sleeping at night, get outside into the fresh air & get some exercise, wear yourself out so that you are not up half the night. If I get sick, my back goes out, or I somehow spend a day inside without some exercise & fresh air, it throws my sleep pattern off immediately.

I used to screen kids for developmental disabilities & other issues – the test they used to trigger attention disorders, ADD or ADHD, involves many flashing lights on a computer screen, nearly identical to some of the video games I see out – this is to TRIGGER an ADD or ADHD response, so imagine what it does to the human brain, even “healthy” ones. The early research on the effects of all of this screen time on human eyes and brains is not looking very good. Let’s put it this way, they are not finding anything positive about it beyond all the money that’s being made.

The Japanese have recognized video game addictions and have a program to help addicted users. The U.S.A. Would not do this unless some medical corporation could make money, so it’s up to you to stay on top of it yourself.

I have noticed during the winter weather that the kids watch far more TV than in the summer. They literally look like zombies after a day of constant TV, and are non responsive and numb. They even admit it.

My bone to pick is with the people still forcing us into daylight savings time. Humans are not supposed to be up all night under artificial lights, we know this, yet it continues to grow with 4 extra weeks to daylight saving now.

Kudos for asking this question and trying to get real with yourself – it’s a sign of intelligence & strength facing our flaws head on.

Sweet dreams!

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Anxiety

Joseph asks…

What is insomnia and what causes it?

Please be specific! I heard it is a sleeping disease.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia means not being able to fall asleep, or stay asleep, even though you are tired. It is a type of sleep disorder, and it can be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, too much caffeine, medications, alcohol, nicotine, change in work schedule, a change in environment or life situation, poor sleep habits, eating too much late in the evening, a change in health, a change in sleep habits, a change in activity level, or other factors.


Robert asks…

Is this stress, anxiety or depression?

So all this while i was actually very happy but would just get worried about my health cos i would get some weird symptoms daily. Then one day, i suddenly felt lighheaded and this continued for the next few days where i would feel spacey. All my other physical symptoms stopped. But ever since then i felt like part of my brain is not awake and i have terrible insomnia with tons of dreams, i cant really concentrate too. Now i feel sad and lost interest in many things because of the way my head feels. My doc told me its just stress but its not going away!!

I took Remeron and stopped cos i felt worse. Now I’m on xanax and zoplicone, sleeping pill which still doesnt put me to deep sleep. I need advice please!!!! Help!!!! When will i go bck to normal???

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sounds like anxiety, which can be brought on by stress. Then you start stressing about your anxiety symptoms, which makes you more anxious, and turns into a vicious unending cycle or stress and anxiety. Xanex is often used for the treatment of anxiety, or anxiety-like symptoms. Common symptoms can include but are not limited to headaches, light-headedness, seemingly intense heartbeats/ fast heartbeat (i.e. Racing heartbeat), sweating, passing out, or being in an almost dream-like state in which you do not feel that you are actually doing whatever it is that you are doing. Anxiety is actually very common. Try to figure out if there is a trigger for these feelings. Isolating the trigger will help you with the symptoms. Also, if it’s really bothering or making it difficult for you to function, see your doctor.

James asks…

Sleeping problem or insomnia?

I have problem with my sleeping paterns I can’t sleep I have tried taking sleeping pills but I’m scared that I will be depended on them. Please help

Insomnia Stress answers:

There must be a reason for your insomnia.Try to figure out the reason,e.g it might be stress,anxiety or
some vitamin or mineral deficiency.You can see your GP and when the cause is known,half the problem is solved.Untill you see your GP try to eliminate caffeine from your diet,exercise(not late in the evening), drink chamomile tea in the evening(2 sachets/cup)drink hot milk with honey one hour before bed time.Also check at holland &Barrett for “Peaceful Night” tablets which have a very good formula(Hops,valerian and passion flower) which are all natural herbs for anxiety,nervousness,insomnia,stress,relaxation. And finally make sure your bed room is comfortable and don’t engage your mind in negative thoughts.Good luck.

Donna asks…

Having Insomnia AFTER anxiety and stress have lowered?

Ive had a bad anxiety disorder for the past 2 years (for my whole life, but just got worse over the past 2 years). I’ve been looking for help online and have been treating it myself. For about the last few weeks, my anxiety‘s been really low. I still have a quite a little bit, but the majority of it’s gone. But for the past few nights I’ve been having insomnia (I’m pretty sure it is). The first 2 nights it took me almost 2 hours to get to sleep. Then last night I kept waking up in the middle of the night gasping after an intense dream, it happened about 4 or 5 times throughout the night. This morning my heart was feeling a little weak from the intense waking ups. I’m planning on seeing the doctor, but does anybody have any ideas what this means? Why would I have these problems now that my anxiety is lowering? By the way, I’m not on any medications or anything.

Insomnia Stress answers:

You have issues floating about in your head that keep you active. It is great to hear that you have some control over your anxiety.

Now you need to line up the issues in your head and knock them down or tick them off one by one.

Have a good night time routine, wind down. Practice a little breathing/meditation before you step into bed, do a crossword or read a chapter of something that interests you. Find that calm feeling before you lay down.

Also review what you are eating. A full tummy can make night time eventful. So don’t over imbibe on food or alchohol.

Steven asks…

Can too much stress and anxiety cause hallucinations?

I have a lot of stess from not being able to find a job and a lot of other problems too. I also have chronic anxiety and insomnia. I haven’t been to see a doc because I can’t afford it. I have been having horrible, scary and evil nightmares and I have been seeing things while I’m awake. Is this all caused by stress? Please help, I’m so scared and I think I’m going crazy.
I’m seeing creepy crawlies and people I know that can’t possibly be there. There’s also this evil voice that keeps calling my name telling me I’m worthless and I need to kill myself…or someone else.

Insomnia Stress answers:

It’s the insomnia, I have tried to stay awake for the longest time, I stayed up for 93 hours straight with the aid of caffeine, boy were those last hours hell. I know what it feels like, a doctor might be expensive, but its better than you having to go there because you attacked something or yourself in this stress caused hell. I feel for you, it’s a terrible feeling. I sincerely hope you get better, no one should endure that feeling.

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Your Questions About Stress Insomnia And The Adrenal Glands

Donald asks…

What causes me to shake when I’m angry?

It seems like my adrenalin rush is a lot more severe than the people around me. It doesn’t even have to be a big deal that ticked me, and I will shake uncontrollably. The shivers run all through me and I can’t keep my hands still. Why is it so bad for me? Is it just how I am, or can something trigger an increase? It’s so annoying because sometimes I’m angry but not *THAT* angry, yet I still shiver.

Insomnia Stress answers:

When faced with a stressful situation, our bodies rely on the adrenal glands sitting atop our kidneys to monitor our “fight or flight” response. For the most part, our stress response evolved from short-term events — crises that came and went. If we had to run from a predator, for example, our healthy adrenal glands responded by releasing adrenaline, which makes us more alert and focused, and cortisol, which converts protein to energy and releases our stored sugar, glycogen, so our bodies have the fuel needed to respond quickly. In concert, the adrenal response rapidly increases our heart and respiratory rates and blood pressure while releasing energy, tensing our muscles, sharpening our senses, and slowing our digestion so we are primed to escape or fight back, whichever is needed. When the threat is gone, the body returns to normal — quickly with respect to adrenaline levels, less quickly with respect to cortisol.

But in today’s society, women are inundated with stress — stress that doesn’t let up. And when chronic stress repeatedly forces the adrenal glands to sustain high levels of cortisol, two things happen: first, the adrenals can’t attend to their broader role in hormonal regulation because the same resources they use to make hormones like estrogen are required to make cortisol, and second, cortisol starts to damage healthy tissues. Eventually, adrenal fatigue sets in, and many women experience symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, fuzzy thinking, depression, cravings and mood swings. Once the adrenals become depleted, it can lead to adrenal exhaustion and much more serious health concerns.

Mandy asks…

What are the medical indications of a high cortisol level and a high sed rate?

I was recently hospitalized and newly diagnosed with hypertension, but in the next month I have to follow up with other doctors because my thyroid level is low. cortisol level is high, and sed rate is high. I do have arthritis. I am a 39 year old female, do not smoke or drink, but do have a strong family history for heart disease and all that. How can all these factors ( sed rate and cortisol level) affect me?
I have previously been diagnosed with osteoathritis, but this is with x-rays only. I have joint deformities in my fingers which may indicate the rheumatoid type. I have never had a blood work up for rheumatoid type yet. I believe this will be done soon. I began having joint pain in my feet in my early 20′s, very young for arthititis I know, but true. I DO have the typical “belly fat” for the cortisol stress but I never seem to be stressed out…I try to always maintain a positive attitiute and all that. I just can’t figure out thestress” factor unless in is the stress of all the pain I have.

Insomnia Stress answers:

First you do not state what ‘type’ of Arthritis? Some forms of Arthritis can have a serious affect on the Thyroid Gland!
Imbalances of the stress hormone cortisol have been reported in patients with fibromylagia. Secreted by the adrenal glands, cortisol helps prime the body’s “flight or fight” response. Higher levels of this hormone can raise blood glucose levels, shift fat metabolism, dampen inflammatory response, and disrupt the sleep-wake cycle. One recent study reported higher baseline levels of cortisol, as measured in saliva, in patients with fibromyalgia compared to controls.
Over time, excess cortisol would be likely to promote chronic anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and increased fat deposits around the midsection of the body. Another study found higher cortisol released in patients with fibromyalgia in response to stimulation of the pituitary hormone, CRH (corticotropin-releasting hormone). This could be the body’s way of responding to chronic pain and stress.
High cortisol pushes the body to marshall its resources for the short term. The body cannot function well in “overdrive” for long periods of time, however. If chronic stress becomes a habitualized response, the adrenal glands may eventually begin to “wear down” and “burn out”. This can result in adrenal exhaustion, a state in which the body no longer produces enough cortisol (or DHEA, another important adrenal hormone) to maintain adequate energy levels.
Hope that helps?

Ruth asks…

Is there a link between mental health problems and high caffeine intake?

I don’t mean as a root cause of depression, more as do stimulents adversely affect people who have depression already? ie does it highten anxiety levels to any great degree or is it actually not a factor to worry about particularly?!!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

I dont think Caffeine can CAUSE any mental health problem, but it can certainly affect you if you have any sort of anxiety disorder and make it worse.
“Caffeine is a potent chemical with psychoactive effects that our body has absolutely no requirement for. Research has indicated that caffeine can interfere with our brain chemistry and therefore can be a factor in contributing to exacerbating stress, anxiety, panic, depression and insomnia. Caffeine stimulates the release of excess stress hormones via its stimulant effects on the adrenal glands. It stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin which lowers blood sugar so the body has to compensate by releasing stress hormones which cause the body to release energy, fat and glucose reserves to stabilize blood sugar levels. “

Laura asks…

Help, I feel like I’m dying. nurse, doctor, or anyone?!!?

I was diagnosed with hypothyroid last year, but several months before that, I went to see a chiropractor who avised me to have my adrenals checked. He did a few basic tests on me, and said that I am suffering from an adrenal problem. Not taking it seriously, I let time pass and just dealt with the discomfort, until months later, I crashed and eneded up diagnosed by another doctor as hypothyroid. I have been on synthroid since then, but with no improvement, This is the second time I have had to quit working and I have missed some time at school, because I get so sick from stress or too much stimulation. It is so debilitating. ):

I jump at the dog barking, other noises, certain motions, and bright lights make me uneasy. Now I am waiting on blood work results to come back, but when I asked the doctor about adrenals, he just brushed it off. I am upset about this, because my almost passing out and feeling faint and disoriented is what brought me there, and my health insurance doesn’t kick in until the end of March, so I had to dig into my emergency savings and pay him a chunk of money to get these tests done and he won’t even consider my adrenals? HELLO!!! I know and feel that something is seriously wrong. I was already very sick a few weeks ago with a horrible sinus infection, and now this. I feel very weak, and I feel so exhausted, and ill. I have had a considerable amount of stress in my life for a while now, not all bad stress, but I can’t even seem to handle the good stress without getting sick.
I now have to wait until I have insurance again before I can get help! I have been dehydrated, which I am trying to treat, but I shouldn’t be dehydrated, because I don’t drink anything but juice and water anyway, I have recurrent chills, out of range potassium results on my last blood work, but not too out of range at that time. When I got the feeling I was going to pass out, my eyes felt funny, like they couldn’t focus on anything, and the light in the room seemed different, I just went brain dead for seconds, and my blood pressure was low when it was checked. I am still feeling miserable and have been crying, and I’m getting pains in my lower to middle back, and I have been fighting insomnia for quite a while now. I have been getting hypoglycemic type attacks, where if I don’t eat for more than a few hours, I get dizzy and shaky!! But I have almost no appetite. I get weird heartbeats sometimes, but they never catch it or test me any further than a EKG. I really feel like my body is shutting down. I am baffled as to why I can’t get the tests I want done when I am a paying patient! Help!!!! ):
I don’t need to lose weight, I am 126 lbs. and I am hypothyroid? Plus I lost two pounds this week.
I don’t need to lose weight, I am 126 lbs. and I am hypothyroid? Plus I lost two pounds this week.
The chiropractor I mentioned is a friend through family, and it was just a suspicion, but it’s what he believed. One of the tests he did was to check for orthostatic hypotension, and sure enough, I had it. In fact my blood pressure dropped BIG TIME from a lying down position to standing up, very quickly. My systolic dropped 16 points! He listened extensively to me about my symptoms. So far, he’s the only person that’s truly helped me. It is very hard to convince a doctor to check you for this. But I can’t understand why if you request it. It doesn’t make sense, as it’s not costing them, it’s costing you. If they could be in my shoes for 5 minutes, they wouldn’t think twice about it. I think the medical world needs to wake up a bit. I’m walking around miserable, on edge, feeling like I am slowly dying for crying out loud!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Your symptoms could certainly be caused by adrenal insufficiency – at least there’s enough symptoms that a doc should make the effort to test for this. It seems odd that the blood tests did not include ACTH and cortisol that would be used to screen for adrenal insufficiency since these are often part of a normal wellness blood panel anyhow. I guess the only thing you can do is see a different doc or contact a lab directly to have your adrenal gland checked. I can see J.B.’s point about running the full-blown tests needed to diagnose adrenal insufficiency, but just testing the cortisol levels alone would indicate whether adrenal problems are plausible.

George asks…

What are the effects of road rage?

I am writing an essay on the cause and effect of road rage. Need to some help.

Insomnia Stress answers:


“The physical effects
…The adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increase, the body temperature rises and the skin perspires. The mind is sharpened and focused.

Health problems
The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that accompany recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body. Some of the short and long term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:

Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
Increased anxiety
High blood pressure
Skin problems, such as eczema
Heart attack

It says that “The mind is sharpened and focused” — but it has long been know that in a fight you want to remain calm while getting you opponent enraged, as rage clouds judgment. N nAn angry person does stupid things, giving the calm person a decisive edge.

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Vomiting

Michael asks…

Permanent stress damage??

Sorry I asked this on the other forum but I am really nervous and I appreciate all your help….


This might be an unusual question but here it goes. From 2005-2007 I went through a very stressful 2 years dealing with relationships and personal financial issues. Every night I would go to bed literally shaking in my nerves. I know that is a normal reaction to stress…. but now all those problems are over. Ive come into money, met someone great, life is good! However when i go to sleep now, I still have this nervous thing going on. I can’t relax anymore. It’s horrible. I feel it in my chest and i still shake a bit before going to bed. It’s like vibrating inside my body. Did I permanently ruin my nerves or something? Eventually I do sleep, but it takes me much longer. I want to be able to relax again. Ive tried yoga and meditation. Nothing helps.

Thank You!!!


Insomnia Stress answers:

Start out by supplementing your diet with a multi B complex tablet including all the B’s ie; B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best in synergy (together). Symptoms of B12 deficiency, in particular, are wide ranging and can include depression, headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and exhaustion, excessive sweating, irritability and moodiness, insomnia (which you have) and constipation, dizzy spells, loss of balance, inability to think clearly and even chest pains and heart palpitations !! Quite scary actually if you don’t realise the vitamin connection.
When you take a B supplement try to take it with skimmed milk or a piece of cheese as B12 needs calcium to assimilate properly.

The B complex of vitamins is a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce and we therefore need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the consequences as you unfortunately are. When we are placed under added stress, such as the brain chatter at the end of the a long hard day, the first group of vitamins to be used up will usually be the precious B’s. Therefore we need to adjust our intake accordingly. Take another B tablet with some milk before bedtime. Take magnesium tablets also…… Magnesium is known as the antistress mineral and is a miraculous little mineral. It can help with everything from constipation, to stress, aid in fighting depression, promote a healthier cardiovascular sysstem and help prevent heart attacks!!! Magnesium will also bring relief from indigestion and combined with calcium will work as a natural tranquiliser …… So take one of those with your milk or cheese before bed.

Natural sources of magnesium are leafy and green vegies, cold water fishes such as tuna,salmon, sardines and whiting, nuts and seeds and wholegrains and cereals, bananas too. If you purchase the magnesium in the oxide form be warned it is a little hard to digest ……… Amion acid-chelated magnesium and calcium in perfect balance (half as much magnesium as calcium) is the preferred form and the chelated version of the magnesium is quite easily assimilable.

Sorry this is going on a bit but I do sympthasize with you and have nearly precisely the same episodes as you describe and have found that by monitoring my nutritional and vitamin and mineral intake I have had great success.

Good health and god bless?


Paul asks…

What kind of physical symptoms can stress cause?

I have a weak immune system and get colds and stuff a lot. I also vomit a lot and get diarrhoea a lot too. Today I have all three of these symptoms.

I have trouble sleeping too; insomnia, I guess, which generally bothers me more in term time so that’s why I think stress might be the cause.

Oh, and I get migraines every few months which I can’t find a physical cause for so again, I think this may be because of stress.

Some of the time I feel really anxious and stuff, but a lot of the time I try to convince myself that I’m NOT stressed and I don’t even see what there really is to be stressed about, it’s just because of getting sick like this all the time that my parents have pointed out they think it might be due to stress. Is this plausible and if so what the Hell can I do about it, particularly if I don’t even realise that I am stressed?! :S

Maddy x

Insomnia Stress answers:

Maddy, sorry to hear about your probs. You don’t say your age, but I guess a teenager. Stress could cause some of your problems and the stress can come from just growing, exams and peer pressure. Some of it sounds like your lifestyle and diet as well. How much fresh air and exercise do you get? If I was you I would see a lady doctor- on your own and chat about your problems and fears. Unfortunately you don’t get much time with them, so ask her advice about seeing who you can talk to. It’s a difficult time and you shouldn’t suffer all this in silence. Good luck.

Thomas asks…

insomnia????????? help sleeping plz????

i have insomnia caused from
im stressed about- my dad in rehab and i have no frends cuz of a fite!!
fear- im very supersticious things happen in the middle of the nite, and someone died in my house 5 years ago, dont call me crazy for believing in ghosts!!
pressure- my grades are the lowest they have ever been and my old frends harrass me at skool cuz they hate me cuz one girl started rumor that i was mental and attacked her, and i have to pack all of my stuff against my familys free will to move out of my first house for a month or so to redecorate wen our uncle is doing it and we dont even want to.
addiction- all my life i fell asleep on the couch in front of the tv, im in middle skool(not mentioning grade or age) and i can not fall asleep without the tv, and if i dont have the tv i need to be in the same room as someone thats awake with a light on and i no that it’ll be on a while more(until im asleep) and i dont fall asleep till 3:00am
i need something to help me sleep!! but i dont want to rist addiction!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Well, you sound young, from the language used in your question, and the fact that you feel falling asleep on the couch is an ‘addiction’.

There are a few things to try.
1. Establish a routine.
This can take some time. Take a month to try it out. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday, even the weekends. You’re probably between 12 and 17, and most people that age need about 9 hours of sleep. Give yourself that much time at night plus 30 minutes to fall asleep. You can adjust the time once you can fall asleep. Another part of routine is what you do before bed. Try taking a hot bath, drinking some warm milk and honey or hot herbal tea (without sugar) and then brushing your teeth and washing your face and then go to bed. Do the same thing every night. Make sure you try this for at least a month to develop the routine.
2. Deal with you issues.
You need to talk to someone. Try your school counselor. Ask them for advice.
About your friends. Go talk to them. Tell them you’re sorry (even if you aren’t) and then try to drop it. Otherwise, go talk to some new people who don’t really know you. I know it is hard, but you will have friends in no time.
About your grades. It sounds to me like you have a lot on your plate. Go and talk to your teachers and tell them what is going on. Tell them you need extra help. A good teacher wants their students to do well. They would help you.
About your general anxiety. It sounds to me like you might have an anxiety disorder. If your guardian takes you to the doctor, they can refer you to a mental help professional, who can give offer support and advice. If you are found to have an anxiety disorder, they can give you medication to help and offer counseling to give you strategies to help you manage your anxiety. You can also receive special ed. Services through your school by providing documentation of an anxiety disorder under the ‘Emotionaly Disturbed’ section. Those types of services might include taking tests in a room on your own, learning strategies classes (sometimes called resource), extra time for exams, assignments broken into chunks so you don’t become overwhelmed, and extra support from your teachers. The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder range from feelings of being tense, constantly tired, afraid, and unable to make decisions, to feeling restless and irritable. You may also have physical symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, lack of appetite, shortness of breath, chest pain, shaking, sweating, or muscle pain from being tense. Symptoms can cause you to miss school or avoid social activities. See for more info.
3. Change your lifestyle.
How much do you exercise a day? At what time? Try to do intense physical activity for at least thirty minute everyday at least TWO hours before you go to bed. This can be going for a run, swimming, riding your bike, playing a sport or whatever. If you can’t do that, try going for a walk everyday after dinner for about an hour. Also what are you eating? Try cutting back on the sugary foods, and the hour at which you eat them. How much caffeine are you consuming? Do your body a favour and give it up. I know it isn”t easy, but no coffee or colas, as least not before bed time.
4. Ask your parents to take you to the doctor.
Make sure you tell them everything you’ve tried. The doctor will probably run some tests to rule out other problems (allergies, etc.) that can cause sleeping problems in teens. Then he or she may have you go to a sleep clinic to evaluate how you sleep. He or she will most likely give some suggestions for you to try, and treat you for any conditions (allergies, sleep apnea, ect.) that may be prohibiting good sleeping. If after all that, the doctor can not help you sleep, they may prescribe a sleep aide, but that would definitely be a last resort, especially at your age.

Good luck, and email me if you need anymore suggestions.

Ken asks…

Alcohol has caused me a lot of stress. Quitting.?

I need some advice. My husband has tried to get me to cut down on drinking many times. I average about 6 drinks per night and he insists I get pretty nasty… a quality that I don’t normally possess. I never remember getting this way, but when I was visiting my hometown, my mom insisted that I cut down on drinking as well. My friends have made a similar suggestion, some refusing to go out with me when drinking is bound to happen. This in addition to my doctor telling me to bc of my high blood pressure and not being overweight has led me to take some serious consideration. I may finally be ready to stop, but I’m only 30 and struggling a bit with the concept.

My bp does go down when I stop drinking for a few days but I always have considered this a coincidence. How does one just stop drinking? forever?! Seems too long :( Makes me sad.

Insomnia Stress answers:

You will need help, with a 6 drink nightly average you will be experiencing withdrawal symptoms (tremors, hallucinations, seizures, Anxiety, irritability, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, increased sweating, headaches, insomnia) if you’ve decided to stop, get professional help. They will be able to prescribed medications to help withdrawal symptoms, also look for support groups. I t is a good lifestyle change, you will feel more alive, more in control of your actions and you will take years off your age. Your liver and brain suffer greatly, I can’t tell you how many incredibly sad cases I have taken care of…end stage Cirrhosis, Encephalopathy in late thirties, early forties, it’s very sad. Yes, take a step, I think you’re ready now, come back to the real world and don’t miss out on another day.

Richard asks…

I have extreme insomnia and sleeping problems?

This hinders my school performance. How can I sleep better and control my anxiety?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Vitamins B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (niacin) work together to produce the brain chemical serotonin, which is essential for restful REM sleep.

Eat more foods rich in these vitamins ie: B6 = liver, fish, cantaloupe, cabbage, unmilled rice, eggs, oats, peanuts and walnuts. Vitamin B3 = fish lean meats, eggs, peanuts, white meat of poultry, avocadoes, dates, figs and prunes.

Or take a multi B complex supplement including all the B’s, as they work best together ie: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12.
Symptoms of B complex deficiencyy are headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and exhaustion, inability to concentrate clearly, irritability and moodiness, excessive sweating, numbing and tingling and prickling sensations in the outer extremities, dizzy spells and loss of balance……… And even chest pains and heart palpitations !!

If you are lactose intolerant (as i am) then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet. Get one including all the B’s ie: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best as a group.

The B complex of vitamins is a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce them. Therefore, we need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the consequences as you unfortunately appear to be ….

When you take your daily supplement ensure that you take it with some type of calcium rich food ie: low fat cheese or milk or a calcium supplement as B12 needs calcium to be properly assimilated by the body……… Also calcium needs vitamin D to be properly absorbed so get at least 10 minutes of sun each day or eat cold water fishes such as tuna, sardines, whiting and salmon. These fishes are also rich in magnesium, which is known as the antistress mineral …. Something i reckon you also need at the mo.

Other foods rich in magnesium are leafy and green vegies, nuts and seeds, wholegrains and cereals.

When our bodies are placed under added stress ie: sickness, school studies, new home, new job or just the grind of daily life really …… The B complex of vitamins will usually be the first group to get used up and we therefore need to adjust our intake accordingly.

When you are getting any stress related symptoms or any of the above mentioned symptoms simply take another vitamin B complex tablet. As they are water soluble, our bodies will simply excrete any excess in our urine.

The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

Drinks loads of fresh filtered water too, as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

Try to cut back on the things that will rob you of your precious B complex of vitamins too ie: caffeine, sodas and soft drinks, alcohol are all brilliant B complex thieves —- things such as antibiotics, laxatives, aspirin, diuretics will also do a great job of robbing you of your B’s.

For more difficult insomnia, try 1mg of melatonin sublingually (dissolved under the tongue) 15 minutes before bedtime.


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John asks…

Insomnia, anxiety and loss of appetite?

I’m unable to fall asleep until four in the morning and I wake up at around eleven a.m. I have almost no appetite, I’m almost never hungry and I don’t feel like eating until after two p.m! and I have been very anxious, lately. I worry all the time and I had a panic attack one time about a month ago while I was in bed. I’ve been very worried about being in the car and it has gotten worse over the last couple of months. The last time I was in a car it really scared me. what do I do?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia can be affected by many of factors like stress, depression, sickness, drug, and some bad lifestyle. One of the root cause is the partner who sleep beside you was the reason that make you insomnia.

Depression is a common psychiatric disorder in the modern world and a growing cause of concern for health agencies. You can be used to assess the presence and severity of mild degrees of mood disorder.

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Susan asks…

What is the exact cause of insomnia?

If light is undeniably what makes day, what is the thing that makes insomnia? What is the thing that is undeniably irrefutably the cause of insomnia? I don’t want to hear “could be”s like “it could be this” or “it could be that”. Do you still suffer from insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. Check out for more info

Joseph asks…

How do I treat insomnia without taking sleeping pills?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is often caused by fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs, caffeine, depression or sometimes for no apparent reason. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark. Soak a tablespoon of mint leaves in a cup of water for an hour, drink every night. Check out for more info

Paul asks…

what is insomnia????

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia means difficulty in falling or staying asleep, the absence of restful sleep, or poor quality of sleep. Insomnia is a symptom of another condition and not a disease. If you have it, it is most likely from depression, stress, or anxiety; but I’ve already known people that got it from a type of medication they were taking.

Sandra asks…

Dealing with stress, anxiety and depression?

Ive seen and heard all the remedies for this. But ive tried them all and i cant seem to escape. Its now causing me to loose a lot of sleep, which is building on to the stress. Its like a cycle, I get stressed, it causes anxiety and insomnia, which eventually leads me to depression.

I go to the gym and am active. I am outside a lot, I try to relax in a bath, i try to talk to friends.

I really dont have many friends to talk to. and i dont really feel comfortable talking to people anyway.

what is this? and why is it ongoing?
most people get over it when it runs its course.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I’m sorry your hurting, Have you tried to eliminate the things that are causing the stress. I would think if there was something causeing you stress, and you could deal with it, and make that thing go away, than your stress might disapear.
Just a thought.

A lot of times talking to people helps.
I’ve personally found that for me, when I get feeling down, I go and find someone to help. Serving someone else, and forgetting about yourself is often a very good source of comfort and cheer.

This is a last resort, but sometimes there are problems in your body that need to be fixed. And that requires medical help.
But I personally think perscriptions are overused, and at least some of this can be solved without a doctor.

I’ll give you a star, to help to cheer your day, and if you were here,
I would give you a hug.

I deal with anxiety myself, I know what it’s like, Some times it’s been bad enough that I thought I was having a heart attack and I went to the hospital, and they checked me out, and told me I was not having heart failier.
If you need someone to talk to, write anytime.

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David asks…

why do people get insomnia?

i have insomnia and can only sleep when im about to pass out just wondering why i have it …… sighs im tired

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is caused by so many things it is hard to list. Sometimes it is stress, or anxiety. Sometimes it is a symptom of a medical condition. Some times it is from being so tired you cant sleep, or it is from too much caffeine during the day.
Stop drinking coffee, tea and soda pop. If all else fails go to a doctor for medication so you can sleep proper.

Sandy asks…

Do you think I have insomnia?

I wake up a lot in the middle of the night. But I’ve slept all night and then woke up for a couple hours and then sleep all day. But some times I bearly sleep at all. And a lot of the time I can’t fall asleep I just have a really weird sleeping pattern. I have bad anxiety. Do I have insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Are you a teenager? Are you stressed? Insomnia is very common in teenagers since they are almost always stressed all the time. You should go to a doctor and tell him/her what your symptoms are. He/she will diagnose you if you do have Insomnia and give you sleeping pills.

Daniel asks…

What are causes and symptoms of Insomnia?

Im 13 and I think I might have it, Well I stayed up all night for the 2 weeks off and I needed a pill on sunday to sleep for monday then On tuesday I fell asleep at 3:00 I had to have my mom sleep with me cause I felt afraid for some reason which never happens then yesteday I made myself sleep by telling myself i was tired over and over again but my mom layed with me again and today i feel scared that I might not sleep good again and I still scared to sleep alone, But yesterday I woke up at 11:00 pm then 2:00 am then 4:00 am. and my mom said she was going to give me pills but im afraid that I will end up depending them and feel like taking them every night. I dont want to depend on pills I just want to sleep normanly. And when it becomes night time I feel really scared and crap… I never felt like this before and I cried because it really stressed me out.

Insomnia Stress answers:

A cause of insomnia can just be your sleep pattern. If you weren’t sleeping at night for two weeks its going to be hard to get used to sleeping early….. Ive had nights like that when i was worried i couldn’t fall asleep and I end up more awake then i started as. Just try going to bed early and they advise breathing deep for a while. Or work your way back hour by hour until your on a normal sleeping schedule. If there’s nights when you know its impossible to sleep some people will NyQuil though i doubt that it would be the first thing a doctor would tell you to do. It probably is addictive if used too many times. There’s other tips online ive seen for insomnia too.. Like lotions and things to help you relax.
—other than that you’ll probably get back to sleeping normally, really. I doubt this is anything permanent. :)

Donna asks…

How do I alleviate my stress and anxiety levels from my projects and work?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hey buddy. There are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms of stress and reduce its affects on your body and immune system. … better deal with the daily helping of stress we are all exposed to ? Stress can do some terrible things to our bodies if we let it …………. Stress depletes our supplies of our B complex of vitamins and vitamin C as they are both water soluble……….. The B complex of vitamins is essential for healthy immune, neural and digestive functioning and Vitamin C helps in the body’s absorption of iron and is essential in the formation of collagen, which is important for the growth and repair of body tissue cells, skin, gums, blood vessels, bones and teeth ……. Pretty vital i’d say ? Bolster your immune system and eat more foods rich in vitamin C ie ~ citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges, leafy and green vegies, tomatoes and potatoes and red and green peppers.

A deficiency in vitamin B12 will produce symptoms such as chest pains and heart palpitations, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling and prickling sensations in the outer extremities, dizzy spells, fainting and loss of balance, excessive sweating, excessive urination and dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and exhaustion, stress and depression, insomnia and constipation, irritability and moodiness and an inability to think clearly ….Quite scary actually if you don’t realise the vitamin factor.

If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian then it is really important that you supplement your diet with a multi B complex tablet on a daily basis………… :0)

Take a multi B complex supplement on a daily basis. The B complex of vitamins is needed to support a healthy nervous, immune and digestive system and will help you enormously in dealing with stress.

They are a water soluble complex and as such our bodies can neither store or produce them, therefore we need to ingest them on a daily basis or suffer the side affects.

When we are placed under added stress such as work responsibilities, relationship dramas, new house, sickness, school studies …. Just daily living really… The first group of vitamins to be used up will be the B complex and in these situations we need to adjust our intake accordingly…… Simply take another B complex tablet when you are stressed, as they are water soluble any excess that your body doesn’t need will simply be excreted in your urine….. The B complex relies on calcium and vitamin D to be effectively assimilated so if you aren’t getting enough calcium and vitamin D naturally take a calcium supplement containing vitamin D3.

Get a supplement that includes all the B’s ie ~ B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they all work synergistically (as a group).

If you are having trouble digesting your tablets go get yourself some organic apple cider vinegar and put 2 tablespoons full into a glass, mix up and drink up…….. The apple cider vinegar will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy and aid in digestion. Ensure you buy organic as the commercial varieties have had way too much of the goodness taken out of them to be used therapeutically. …….. Also ensure that you shake well before using to disperse the mother (active ingredient) throughout and that you drink it through a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth ?

Eat more foods rich in magnesium as well ~ magnesium is known as the antistress mineral and will help you deal with stressy situations and just the daily grind of life better.

Foods rich in magnesium are ~ leafy and green vegies, nuts and seeds, wholegrain cereals and breads and cold water fishes such as tuna, sardines, salmon and whiting……….. The EFA’s (essential fatty acids) in the cold water fishes do a brilliant job for me for equalising my moods and stress levels, i try to eat some description of fish each day….. But each person is different and you need to find your own level.

Magnesium is needed in the body for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and of course for heart health. Foods rich in magnesium will also aide in eliminating constipation by increasing the production of hydrochloric acid in the tummy and thus assisting in digestion………… Magnesium will also cure an acid tummy.

Drink loads of fresh filtered water too as the happiest and healthiest body will always be the most hydrated one.

Water is imperative to life. Without water your body will have a terrible time breathing, digesting food, transporting nutrients, lubricating your joint sockets etc.etc.etc.etc……… Nothing substitutes for water. Your body needs at least 2 – 3 litres of water daily to function efficiently.

Also, try to cut back on drinks such as coffee, tea, alcohol, sodas and soft drinks (if you drink any of them) which will all do great job of dehydrating you and of robbing you of your precious B complex of vitamins… . Ie: just 1 can of soda or soft drink will make your body peesh out up to 12 cups of water !!! 1 cup of coffee will make your body peesh out about 2 cups of water ……….. Read the book by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D…. “Your body’s many cries for water”…… An astounding and scary and very true read.

Other things that could be robbing you of your precious B complex of vitamins are :- eating too much protein, most otc cold medicines actually, alcohol, eating too much tinned food, antiobiotics ,antidepressants, penicillin, prednisone and aspirin, laxatives and diuretics, the oral contraceptive and eoestrogen supplementation ~ if you are a female.

Quite a handfull of information here …….. Sorry it’s a bit long winded but you need to know all this.

Get out in the fresh air and sunshine (vitamin D) and exercise as this will naturally raise the levels of serotonin in your brain and just make you feel fine ……….. Hey, even if its a walk in the park, chasing your mates or your kids around the shopping centre or even jumping in puddles when it rains, so long as it puts a smile on your dial buddy ………. Works for me ? I surely have my helping of stress on a daily basis with 3 young children to raise and all the things i’ve suggested here do a good job of equalising my stress and mood levels ?

I sincerely wish you the best of health & vitality buddy and hope that you at least drink more water if you aren’t already doing that???


Lisa asks…

Can someone explain what Insomnia is?

I went to the doctor today because i’ve been awake for 3days Straight now, and unable to sleep. He said to me that i have ‘Insomnia‘ and its from stressing to much.. Was hoping someone could explain to me what it really is, and if there is away to get over this..? As far as we could tell, i’ve had it for about 4 or 5yrs now.. and just got to the point where i can hardly sleep anymore..

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is a symptom of a sleeping disorder characterized by persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep despite the opportunity. Insomnia is a symptom, not a stand-alone diagnosis or a disease. By definition, insomnia is “difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep, or both” and it may be due to inadequate quality or quantity of sleep. It is typically followed by functional impairment while awake. Both organic and non-organic insomnia constitute a sleep disorder

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Richard asks…

Do you think I have insomnia?

I try to sleep at 11:00 but I just can’t! I can’t sleep until 2:00-2:30. Last night i couldn’t sleep until 3:00 but it didn’t feel like i actually slept. One time i woke up at 6:00 in the morning but, i couldn’t get back to sleep until 7 something. This has been happening for 1-2 moths already. I’m12 years old if that helps.

Best answer get’s 10 points!

Insomnia Stress answers:

What Is Insomnia?
There are four basic types of insomnia:

Difficulty falling asleep
Difficulty staying asleep
Waking up too early
Poor quality sleep
A person with insomnia may have the following symptoms:

Feeling tired and grumpy during the day
Having trouble concentrating at work or school
Falling asleep during the day
Being tired and grumpy in itself doesn’t mean you have insomnia. This condition could result from staying up too late, getting up too early, or several other reasons. Many people have insomnia symptoms simply because of today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

Everyone has an occasional poor night’s sleep. For most people it lasts only a few days and goes away without treatment. However, in some individuals, insomnia can become a chronic or persistent problem. Stress or depression may cause a higher level of insomnia that may not go away on its own.
How Do I Know If I Have Insomnia?
If your answer is yes to the questions below, you may have insomnia:

Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
Do you wake up too early or feel unrefreshed after sleeping?
Does this occur even though you have the opportunity and the time to get a good night’s sleep?
Do you have at least one of the following problems?
Low energy
Lack of motivation
Attention, concentration, or memory problem
Poor performance at school or work
Extreme mood changes
Daytime sleepiness
Trouble with errors at school, work, or driving
Tension, headaches, or stomach aches
Frustration or worry about your sleep

Donald asks…

Is depression a symptom of stress?

For the past week or so, I’ve been feeling pretty sad/depressed and stressed too. I’ve got a 3 projects going and their due dates are all very close to either other I didn’t do very well on my Bio test, and I don’t think I did well on an essay either.

I also havent been able to sleep very well. Like, I’d try to go to bed at 11ish. But I wont be able to fall asleep until 2:30 or 3:00AM in the morning. Then the next day I end up very tired and falling asleep in class.

So, Im just wondering. Is depression a symptom of stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I think it would rather most likely be depression then stress
And you may have insomnia a sleep condition where ur have troubles getting to sleep which is also a symptom of depression

Helen asks…

could this be insomnia or other diesase?

1)pin poking in my skin all over the body
2)cannot sleep less than 6 hrs almost everyday
3)stools very soft

Insomnia Stress answers:

First of all insomnia is not a diesease it is a disorder maybe you just have alot of stress lately. Your symptoms seem pretty normal and not very serious to me but if you do feel a little bit uncomfortable just go see a doctor and just tell them what you feel they will difenetly have an answer for you. Hope you feel well. Please contanct me if you need any advice my cousin is a physician i could ask her if you like. Email:

Michael asks…

So I would like to know what insomnia is……?

I was listening to the song insomnia by the veronicas, and I want to know what it is. Thanks!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is a symptom that makes you unable to fall/stay asleep. It is very common, about 5-10% of the population suffers from it, and most humans will at some point during their life, mainly Acute Insomnia, which lasts for about a week. After 3 weeks of constant Acute Insomnia it will turn into Chronic Insomnia, in which case some sort of medical treatment should be started. Insomnia is caused by many different causes, and the causes of Insomnia varies depending on which type of Insomnia it is, but some of the major causes are: Jet lag, stress, fear, worrying, grief, expecting that your unable to sleep, but simple things such as loud noises, and light can also cause Insomnia.

Charles asks…

what are cures for insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Dear The Blood of Jesus, I will devote all my Answers 4U always.:). All said, There R2 types of insomnia secondary& primary. Secondary insomnia is the symptom or side effect of another prob. This type of insomnia often is a symptom of an emotional, neurological, other medical or sleep disorder.Emotional disorders that can cause insomnia include depression, anxiety,& posttraumatic stress disorder. Exact.primary insomnia isn’t a symptom or side effect of another medical condition or substance.This type of insomnia usually occurs4 periods of at least 1 month.Secondary insomnia also may B side effect of certain medicines i.e., certain asthma medicines, some allergy& cold med.. Beta blockers.R used 2 treat heart conditions. B/C habits formed 2 deal with the lack of sleep. Habits taking naps, worrying about sleep& going2 bed early.Chronic, insomnia means having symp@ least 3 nights a week4 more than a month. Insomnia that lasts4 less time is known as acute insomnia.Lifestyle changes often can help relieve acute,/ short-term, insomnia.make it easier 2 fall asleep& stay asleep.avoid substances that make it worse,i.e.caffeine, tobacco,& other stimulants taken 2 close 2 bedtime.Their effects can last as long as 8 hrs.OTC/& prescription medicines, such as some cold & allergy medicines, can disrupt sleep. Talk2UR about which medicines won’t disrupt UR sleep. Alcoholic drink b4 bedtime may make it easier 4U2 fall asleep, alcohol triggers sleep that tends 2B lighter than normal. Then U will wake up during the night. Causes insomnia.i.e caffeine& tobacco or other nicotine,& alcohol or other sedatives.adopt gud bedtime habits make it easier 2 fall asleep& stay asleep. Follow a routine that helps U wind down & relax b4 bed. Read a book, listen2 soothing music, take a hot bath. Schedule UR daily exercise @ least 5 to 6 hrs.be4 going 2 bed. Don’t eat heavy meals or drink a lot b4 bedtime.Make UR bedroom sleep-friendly. Avoid bright lighting while winding down. Limit posb. Distractions, i.e. TV, computer pet.Make UR bedroom dark & quiet& the temp. Is cool& comf..sleep around the same time each night & wake up around the same time each morning, even on weekends. If U can, avoid night shifts, alternating sched, or other things that may disrupt UR sleep schedule.4 chronic, or ongoing, insomnia, a type of counseling called cognitive-behavioral therapy,(CBT) can help relieve the anxiety linked2 this condition.CBT 4 insomnia targets the thoughts & actions that can disrupt sleep. This therapy encourages gud sleep habits &uses several methods 2 relieve sleep anxiety.i.e. Relaxation training @ bedtime reduce anxiety helps U better control UR breathing, heart rate, muscles,& mood.CBT also works on replacing sleep anxiety with more pos. Thinking that links being in bed with being asleep. Also teaches U what 2 do if u’re unable 2 fall asleep within a reasonable time.CBT also involve talking with a therapist 1on1 or in group sessions 2 help U consider UR thoughts& feelings about sleep. This encourage U2 describe thoughts racing through UR mind in terms of how they look feel,& sound. UR mind 2 settle down& stop racing. It focus on limiting the time U spend in bed while awake setting a sleep schedule.@1st.U will limit UR total time in bed 2 the typical short length of time u’re usually asleep. Schedule make U even more tired B/C some of the allotted time in bed will B taken up by prob. Falling asleep the resulting tiredness is intended 2 help U get 2 sleep more quickly. Over time, the length of time spent in bed is increased until U get a full night of sleep.U may need 2C a therapist who is skilled in this approach weekly over 2 to 3 months. CBT works as prescription medicine4 many PPL. Who have chronic insomnia. May provide better long-term relief than medicine alone. 4PPL. Who have insomnia & major depressive disorder, CBT combined with antidepressant medicines help relieving both conditions. Several medicines also can help relieve insomnia & re-establish a regular sleep schedule. If UR insomnia is the symptom or side effect of another prob, it’s imp.2 treat the underlying cause, if possible.DR. May prescribe med.2 help treat UR insomnia. Pres. Medicines R used 2 treat insomnia. Some R meant 4 short-term use, while others R meant 4 longer use. Ask UR DR. Abt. The benefits& side effects of insomnia medicines i.e., insomnia medicines can help U fall asleep,4 some PPL. May feel groggy in the morning after taking them. Side effects may include sleep eating, sleep walking, or driving while asleep. If doesn’t work well, UR DR. May prescribe a diff. Med. Some insomnia med. May B habit forming. Ask UR DR. Abt. The benefits& risks of insomnia medicines. OTC med. Treat insomnia.i.e. Melatonin, L tryptophan supplements,& valerian teas or extracts.Treatment 4 insomnia usually involves nonmedical therapy, such as developing better sleep habits or psychotherapy,& medications. If a medical condition like.

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Your Questions About Stress Insomnia Pregnancy

James asks…

Pregnancy or Birthcontrol?

My girlfriend has been taking birth control for a good year now. However when she was on her one week sugar pill period break thing, we got drunk and had sex (unprotected). For the past 2 weeks shes been very nauscious and has been throwing up every once in awhile. She says its because she forgot to take her allergy medication which makes her nauscious. There was only one day her breasts were sore. She’s been having a lot of trouble sleeping (which she might be dealing with stress related insomnia). Also she’s been crying a lot lately (however she’s under quite a bit of stress with mental health). These all are excuses for her side-effects. But could they definately be true signs of pregnancy? (The night we had sex was about 2-3 weeks ago)

Insomnia Stress answers:

You know very well that pregnancy test kits are cheap and easily available over the counter almost everywhere. Just as you know that sex sometimes can result in pregnancy.

Your question is not really about that is it?

You didn’t need to tell us that you were drunk when you had sex, and you chose to use the word “unprotected” as well. This suggests that you want protection from pregnancy, the drink can take at least some of the blame.

OK, let’s look at the girl in question. What do we know of her? We know she is your girlfriend, that she’s been on the pill for a year, and that you have sex with her.

However, she suffers rather a lot of health problems — you say she has mental health issues, but also that she suffers from stress, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, allergies and sore breasts. She is crying a lot too.

I wonder if you have talked about her being pregnant. I suspect that each ailment is raised and dismissed, and that bothers you. If you were to raise the topic, she would get and take a test, but you — as a couple — would have moved on to a new phase of the relationship. Maybe that is why you have not “gone there”, and posted here instead for help.

I want to help you, I really do, but it is difficult to do life-changing stuff like this when I don’t know you guys, so bear in mind that and the fact that I am really trying to help.

(a) I suspect that you do not really want fatherhood / fatherhood yet /or maybe fatherhood involving this girl.
Even so
(b) I suspect that you would rather that this girl was in her present state of mental and physical health as a result of being pregnant.

My advice to you (for what it is worth) is NOT to talk about pregnancy, and not to get a test. Ride this one out — it is statistically unlikely that she is, by the way. When she gets her period, then you will know for sure.

The real thing is to decide if you want to be with this girl any more. I don’t think you want that commitment just now. Keep your distance!

Robert asks…

What MEDICATIONS can you take for insomnia? any advice from sufferers or doctors?

I am looking for any medications which as less problematic in term of addiction and can be used for more than just 2 weeks or so. So preferably ones which have less addiction/dependence potential. They don’t have to be spercifically for sleeping as long as they work for sleeping?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Do not take medicine for insomnia. Take medicine for cause of insomnia. I.e. Do not take medicine to induce sleep. Findout the conditions that are causing sleeplessness and remove it.
Sleeplessness can cause by Hyperactivity of mind, depressing events, sorrow or loss or death in family, friends or relatives, due to shocks of various kinds, worries and business matters, during menopause, pregnancy, pains and headaches, stomach pains, indigestion, anxiety due to exams, inteviews, over exertion, alcoholism, over excitement, exhaustion, stress, weakness, nervousness, fear of sleep, aching muscles, tension, hard labour, cramps and neuralgic pains, Insomnia on bad news, Insomnia on happy news, dentition and dental pain, mental illness, halucinations, asthma, night terrors and dreams, due to heat, due to coldness, restlessness, drugs withdrawal symptoms, medicine side effects, addictiveness to sleeping pills, insanity, sinile insomnia, dysmenorrhea, coughs, menopause, prolapse of uterus, urinary disturbances, fractures,sleeping in new bed,new place, diseases, ailments of various kinds, changes in timings of sleeping, sedentary habits like smoking, drinking, tea coffee consumption in excess, acidity and heartburn, gastric disturbances and many other reasons. Once the cause is determined, use appropriate medicines in homeopathy in appropriate potencies and remove the recurring cause, insomnia will disappear. Sit in meditation for fifteen minutes before sleep and soon you will be in deep sleep whatever be the cause. For meditation just sit comfortably anywhere with body straight and watch the deep breathing in and deep breathing out. Drop all the thoughts from the mind and just concentrate on the breathing. You will enter a realm of peace and calmness. Meditation is conscious sleeping, and sleeping is unconscious meditation.

William asks…

First pregnancy, what to expect?

I just found out last week that I’m pregnant for the first time. I know next to nothing about pregnancy, I am going to take a class soon, but what can I expect? I know my period will stop obviously. Also, what can I expect with labor?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Oh dont worry about labor so early sweety, you'll stress out enough just going through the 9 months of pregnancy symptoms, just expect nausea, breast tenderness, fatigue, insomnia etc . It'll be hard but just focus on the bright side like soon you'll be holding your very own little bundle of joy that you created & it'll be a feeling like no other (: congrats on your pregnancy!

Ruth asks…

Pregnancy or Not? Teenage pregnancy?

First, People That Has A smart mouth…STFU you probaly arent tough offline so you talk Sh-t Online. If You Seen my quest. before and answered it, Ignore it becaause You Are wasting my time. If You can explain to me about symptoms, etc…email me or If you have ANYTHING Smart to say, email me…i bet you wont because youre only tough on Yahoo. YahooAnswers is for People to ask questions and People who Can give good advice and Help people..answers the questions. not for people To start sh-t online. FIRST, NO im not nervous or stressing I know I cant scare myself into thinking im pregnant im a teenager, I just want advice. SECOND, I know I made a mistake onto having unprotected sex but GROW UP people make mistakes and we are not perfect. I made A mistake and ill own up to it. THIRD, My period Was june 13th-18th. I had sex (unprotected) june 25th & 26th. Saw Light pink blood july 3rd to half of the 4th. I can only see it when I wipe myself. my period Is not supppose to start until the 11th My breasts feel tangly, I feel sick after eating certain foods. Also is Insomnia a pregnancy symptom? I usually go to sleep around 11-12 but now I cant sleep at all but when I finally do, I sleep ALL day. Please give me Advice. Im not trying to get pregnant Can anyone just give me advice!?! Advice on what you think!?! Im not asking you to say if im pregnant or not. I just need help on what you think and past experiances yallhad. Im 17 years old about to join the Army

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sounds to me like you are pregnant. If you have a 28 day cycle, or close to, the 25-26 would have been around your time of ovulation. If conception occurs the egg will implant into the uterus on an average of 6-12 days past ovulation. Some women may notice some light pink or brown spotting during this process. This is called implantation bleeding. And looking at when you experience this spotting, it fits the criteria of implantation bleeding perfectly. You had this spotting (if your cycle is 28 days) about 7-8 days past ovulation. If you miss your period, the obvious would be to test. And yes, insomnia can be an early sign of pregnancy. I wish you the best!!!

Nancy asks…

Could these be signs of early pregnancy?

loss of appetite

or am i just stressed?

Insomnia Stress answers:


Did you take a pregnancy test?

Generally…cramps wouldn’t be associated unless an embryo was implanting -or-your egg was being released from the ovaries.

Most women feel super tired even at the very first weeks BUT all women are different.

If you have not taken a test yet…and you know about when you should get your period…take one as early as five days before.

I would buy a two pack to take another a week later if the result is negative.

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Your Questions About Stress Insomnia Weight Loss

William asks…

problem- persistent weight loss?

I had a baby 8 months ago, and have been losing tons of weight without trying. At first, it was just pregnancy weight, but now I am way skinnier than my pre-pregnancy weight and am becoming emaciated.

Every day I keep eating loads of food – high fat, high calorie foods- to prevent continued weight loss, and to see if maybe I can gain a few pounds, but I just keep losing weight. I’m 103 pounds now at 5″5.

I understand that breastfeeding uses up calories, but shouldn’t eating loads of food compensate??

I’m becoming a hypochondriac here, googling weight loss and seeing that different things like cancers can cause unintended weight loss.

Anyone have any suggestions??

Insomnia Stress answers:

I agree with the first answerer here that you need to see a doctor. Sudden, persistent weight loss is by no means normal. And since it sounds you’re eating sufficient calories, then weight loss should have stopped.

I’d advice you not to make any assumptions as to why this is happening until you consult with your doctor. Things like this happen for multiple reasons and its not wise of you to assume you could possibly have a certain disease such as cancer when you haven’t even consulted with your doctor. I understand you want answers but an assumption isn’t going to help you, instead its going to make you stressed and worried, which is something you don’t need at this moment having to take care of your baby.

I’ll give you an example of what happen to me. A few months ago, a sudden weigh and appetite loss occurred to me. At first I thought it was because I was running way too much (I’m a runner) so I decided to consume protein shakes to upon the dose of my calories since I was not hungry. But weight loss kept continuing, I mentioned it to my doctor, who very worried, order me to run some tests but the result was nothing out of the ordinary. After months of looking through my medical record and the medication I was currently taking, he discovered that my weight loss was being caused by a medication I was taking for (severe) insomnia, which contained amphetamines. I would’ve never suspected of my medication.

My point here is that anything could be causing your weight loss, even the unthinkable, that’s why making assumptions won’t make you any better, just stress you. Its crucial that you consult with your doctor here.

Best of luck.

Helen asks…

is this normal? stress question?

i’ve had severe stress in the last year.

here’s what i’ve been having

1) 15 pound loss/ extreme sex drive
2) Hungry all the time
3) Not being able to remember things
4) no weight gain
5) the shakes from being stressed
6) Muscle spasms
7) Insomnia
8) Severe Crying Spells
9) Not being able to breath

i’m 20 years old

Insomnia Stress answers:

Well, if you have a lot of stress then yes that is a normal reaction, however, you need to figure out how to deal with your stress to where you aren’t miserable like this. Try and see a mental health doctor, you can get meds or you can just see a therapist and talk. Talking can really help with stress. Stress can cause a lot of health problems, you need to get some help coping with it or things are going to get worse.

Jenny asks…

Can insomnia make you lose/gain weight?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia increases stress on your body, which in women can cause weight increase. Another cause may be eating at night while unable to sleep. Try increase in exercise if possible, avoid caffeine or beverages with caffeine. If you have not tried Melatonin as a sleep aid, you can get it at any drug store or herbal health provider. No prescription needed as it is OTC (over the counter). If your insomnia is at a stage where it is affecting your health and daily function, go to your family MD who may recommend you see a sleep specialist that will help you to find out why your not sleeping well. You may already know why. (daily stress, $ worries, job loss, relationship problems, ETC). If it is physiological, then they will treat it differently as required to specific cause.

Charles asks…

Does coffee effect weight loss?

What does coffee do for your metabolism? Even if you don’t really excersise, does coffee do anything for you? Can it keep you from losing weight?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Coffee is very controversial when it comes to weight loss. Some say that it can be of benefit to dieters, while others say that it can be detrimental to a weight loss plan. In fact, coffee most likely has both positive and negative effects on weight loss, depending on how it’s consumed and other factors.

How Coffee Can Help a Diet: Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant. It can enable people to feel more alert and help them to be more active, leading to weight loss. It may also act as a mild appetite suppressant. Drinking coffee during the afternoon or after dinner can help to reduce cravings for snacks or sweets, by filling the stomach and suppressing the appetite, without the addition of calories.

Coffee might also stimulate your metabolism by increasing your rate of thermogenesis (how your body burns calories to create heat and energy). However, this is only a slight increase and studies have not shown it to have a very large effect on weight loss. Coffee is often claimed to be a diuretic, but studies have shown that drinking it in moderation does not lead to water loss. Indeed, drinking coffee increases your fluid intake by the same amount as drinking water, which might make it easier for those who love coffee but dislike water to keep their fluids up.

While coffee has been said to increase insulin resistance which can lead to overeating and eventually might turn into diabetes, recent studies have shown that coffee itself is not the cause of the insulin resistance. The sugar often used in coffee is more likely a factor, as well as other unhealthy lifestyle choices. In fact, some have suggested that coffee, which contains antioxidants, may in fact raise insulin sensitivity, although this hasn’t been proved.

How Coffee Can Harm a Diet: When you drink too much coffee, the caffeine can increase stress levels which might lead to overeating. It can also promote insomnia, which might also lead to a higher consumption of calories. However, coffee contains other chemicals which stimulate the production of cortisone and adrenaline. These chemicals increase stress levels, and cortisone has been linked with an increase in abdomen fat, which causes more health concerns than fat in other areas.

Coffee itself has very few calories and no fat, but people rarely drink it without something added to modify the taste. Even a shot of flavored syrup can add calories to a coffee, and some of the more creamy and elaborate concoctions can have as many calories as an entire meal. Milk and cream are also very high in saturated fat, which not only contributes calories but is also dangerous for your health. Too much saturated fat can lead to heart disease.

The effects of coffee on weight loss don’t seem to be enough to radically cause people to gain or lose weight. The best advice is to consume coffee in moderation if desired, and to be aware of the effects it has on you, in order to take advantage of them.

Drink Green Tea. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates a significant increase in metabolism from regular green tea consumption. Study participants experienced, on average, a 4 percent increase in metabolism after consuming green tea extract. Plus, it’s good for your skin and helps detoxify your body (only 0-3 t-spoons of sugar!!). I prefer it over coffee:-)

Michael asks…

how long can insomnia last for?

im 14 n ive had insomnia for about 1 or 2 months now and im blank minded and mentally drained during the day but i never feel tired. im doin really bad in my work at school cus of it.

i can get to sleep after a while but i always wake up really early in the morning and can never get back to sleep.

i got it after my 4 month depression stopped.

Before i used to be able to do things like get to sleep within 5 minutes or fall asleep to slipknot heh and i wish i could still do that.
I dont want sleepin tablets but is there any way i can cure my insomnia? do you know how much longer i will have it for?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi. ;-) . Nearly everyone has occasional sleepless nights, perhaps due to stress, heartburn, or drinking too much caffeine or alcohol. Chronic insomnia is defined when you have problems falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or experience nonrestorative sleep that occurs on a regular or frequent basis, often for no apparent reason.

How much sleep is enough varies from person to person. Although 7 1/2 hours of sleep is about average, some people do well on four to five hours of sleep. Other people need nine to 10 hours of sleep each night.

Insomnia can affect not only your energy level and mood, but also your health as well because sleep helps bolster your immune system. Fatigue, at any age, leads to diminished mental alertness and concentration. Lack of sleep caused by insomnia is linked to accidents both on the road and on the job.

Insomnia is a common problem that may be temporary or chronic. As many as one in 10 Americans have chronic insomnia, and at least one in four has difficulty sleeping sometimes. But that doesn’t mean you have to just put up with sleepless nights. Some simple changes in your daily routine and habits may result in better sleep.

Insomnia symptoms may include:

-Difficulty falling asleep at night
-Waking up during the night
-Waking up too early
-Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
-Daytime irritability

Common insomnia causes include:

-Stress. Concerns about work, school, health or family can keep your mind too active, making you unable to relax. Excessive boredom, such as after retirement or during a long illness, may occur and also can create stress and keep you awake.
-Anxiety. Everyday anxieties as well as severe anxiety disorders may keep your mind too alert to fall asleep.
-Depression. You may either sleep too much or have trouble sleeping if you’re depressed. This may be due to chemical imbalances in your brain or because worries that accompany depression may keep you from relaxing enough to fall asleep.
-Stimulants. Prescription drugs, including some antidepressants, high blood pressure and corticosteroid medications, can interfere with sleep. Many over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including some pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products, contain caffeine and other stimulants. Antihistamines may initially make you groggy, but they can worsen urinary problems, causing you to get up more during the night.
-Change in your environment or work schedule. Travel or working a late or early shift can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, making you unable to get to sleep when you want to. The word “circadian” comes from two Latin words: “circa” for “about” and “dia” for “day.” Your circadian rhythms act as internal clocks, guiding such things as your wake-sleep cycle, metabolism and body temperature.
-Long-term use of sleep medications. If you need sleep medications for longer than several weeks, talk with your doctor, preferably one who specializes in sleep medicine.
Medical conditions that cause pain. These include arthritis, fibromyalgiaand neuropathies, among other conditions. Making sure that your medical conditions are well treated may help with your insomnia.
-Behavioral insomnia. This may occur when you worry excessively about not being able to sleep well and try too hard to fall asleep. Most people with this condition sleep better when they’re away from their usual sleep environment or when they don’t try to sleep, such as when they’re watching TV or reading.
-Eating too much too late in the evening. Having a light snack before bedtime is OK, but eating too much may cause you to feel physically uncomfortable while lying down, making it difficult to get to sleep. Many people also experience heartburn, a backflow of acid and food from the stomach to the esophagus after eating. This uncomfortable feeling may keep you awake.

If insomnia has been interfering with your daytime functioning for a month or longer, see your doctor to determine what might be the cause of your sleep problem and how it might be treated.

Coping Skills:

No matter what your age, insomnia usually is treatable. The key often lies in changes to your routine during the day and when you go to bed. Try these tips:

-Stick to a schedule. Keep your bedtime and wake time on a constant schedule.
-Limit your time in bed. Too much time in bed can promote shallow, unrestful sleep. Try to cut the time you spend in bed by one hour a night for two weeks to see if it helps you sleep.
-Avoid trying to sleep. The harder you try, the more awake you’ll become. Read or watch television until you become very drowsy, then go to bed to sleep. Get up in the morning at the same time as usual.
-Hide the bedroom clocks. Set your alarm so that you know when to get up, but then hide all clocks in your bedroom. The less you know what time it is at night, the better you’ll sleep.
-Exercise and stay active. Get at least 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, preferably at least five to six hours before bedtime.
-Avoid or limit caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Caffeine after lunchtime and using nicotine can keep you from falling asleep at night. Alcohol, while it may initially make you feel sleepy, can cause unrestful sleep and frequent awakenings.
-Reset your body’s clock. If you fall asleep too early and then wake up too early, use light to push back your internal clock. During times of the year when it’s light outside in the evenings, go outside for 30 minutes or obtain light via a medical-grade light box.
-Check your medications. If you take medications regularly, check with your doctor to see if they may be contributing to your insomnia. Also check the labels of over-the-counter products to see if they contain caffeine or other stimulants, such as pseudoephedrine.
-Don’t put up with pain. If a painful condition bothers you, make sure the pain reliever you take is effective enough to control your pain while you’re sleeping.
-Find ways to relax. A warm bath or light snack before bedtime may help prepare you for sleep. Having your partner give you a massage also may help relax you.
-Avoid or limit naps. Naps can make it harder to fall asleep at night. If you can’t get by without one, try to limit a nap to no more than an hour and don’t nap after 3 p.m.
-Minimize sleep interruptions. Close your bedroom door or create a subtle background noise, such as a running fan, to help drown out other noises. Keep your bedroom temperature comfortable, usually cooler than during the day. Drink less before bedtime so that you won’t have to go to the toilet as often.

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