Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Vomiting

Charles asks…

how to help relieve stress?

i’m only 15 years old, and i’m stressed out all the time. like my new computer even has me stressed out! it’s so weird, and i have no idea why i even worry about things like this. and i’m so stressed out from school, picking out classes, and my first year of highschool. what should i do? how can i stop this?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Take a multi B complex tablet including all the B’s ie B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best together.

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 ……. Vitamin B12 in particular, deficiencies of which will manifest as headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and exhaustion, irritability and moodiness,constipation, insomnia, excessive sweating, tingling and prickling and numbing sensations in the outer extremities, depression, dizzy spells and loss of balance, fainting, inability to concentrate and even chest pains and heart palpitations !! Quite scary actually if you don’t realise the vitamin factor.

Eat more foods rich in this vitamin ie: skimmed milks and cheeses, fish and eggs.

If you are lactose intolerant or vegetarian (as i am) then it is really important in aiding your body deal with all kinds of daily stresses for you to take a good quality multi B complex tablet on a daily basis. Get one that includes all the B’s ie: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 as they work best as a group.

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.

When our bodies are placed under added stress ie: sickness, new job, new home, school studies or just daily life really….. Oh Christmas too will bring on the stress……… The B complex of vitamins are usually 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 B tablet. As they are water soluble our bodies will simply excrete any excess in our urine.

Drinks loads of fresh filtered water to 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 the oral contraceptives, eostroegen supplementation, antiobiotics, antidepressants, laxatives, aspirin, diuretics will all also do a great job of robbing you of your B’s.

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Happy holidays!!

CHEERS
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Mandy asks…

Tired,Nauseous and Insomnia?

I am Tired,a bit nauseous every night but no vomiting.It happens every night and I cannot sleep/hard to sleep.Is this the side effects of masturbation?Can anyone tell me whats happening to me?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Masturbation doesn’t really have side effects.
Probably, you need to adjust your diet. Or maybe you’re anxious about something.
Based on your story, I’d say it’s a combination of bad sleeping habits and bad diet.
All this depends on your age and daily habits, of course. See a doctor. If you’re eating well and are not under some serious stress, nausea every night can be very serious.

Chris asks…

im stressed what can i do?

i have gained so much weight
its is killing me i just wont to
know when you are stressed what
all can happen too you?
i know
piples
i mean do you eat alot
do you just wont to
chew people up and
spit them out if they look
at you wrong what can i do to
make myself better
[ [ without medication ] ]
i feel like i need more alone
time but i dont wont to be away
from ne one for a long period of time
thats great i love the advice about
conceling but i just dont wont to go
to get help im not that crazy

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. …..to 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.

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 ~ 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 .

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 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???

CHEERS
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Helen asks…

Throwing up, insomnia, exhaustion. What could these be signs of?

And soreness.

This isn’t me, my friend is having these symptoms. She doesn’t know if she could be pregnant, stress related, or just sick.
Any ideas?

And she said that it felt worse than the flu.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here are a few possibilities with some symptoms that might be helpful to your friend:

Stress – this can show itself through physical symptoms – especially the ones you are describing. It would explain all of it.

Then again, it could also be pregnancy, or a virus. However, with most viruses, you usually get diarrhea. Pregnancy nausea can be triggered through scents.

Unfortunately, these symptoms are all indicative of many ailments and conditions, so if the problems persist, or if she thinks she is pregnant, she needs to see a doctor for a definitive and accurate diagnosis.

In the meantime, tell her to feel better! Make her a care package of magazines, movies, eye mask, and other stuff for relief and relaxation. Tell her to eat things that are gentle on the stomach, such as bananas, rice, toast, applesauce (that BRAT diet), yogurt, tea (chamomile is commonly used for stomach upset), ginger ale, sprite, and to rest until she feels better. Vomiting can take a lot of energy, so between that and the insomnia, she’s probably over tired. Sleeping is the body’s way of healing. She should also use lots of pillows and stay comfortable until she is no longer sore and tired.

Hope this helps!

Donna asks…

I keep vomiting? Symptoms of stress?

I am 20 years old, weigh 104 pounds and im 5″7. I have been extremely stressed lately with family issues, and finance troubles, and i am very lonely. Two years ago i started taking citalopram 20mg for depression, and after just over a year i decided they weren’t working for me. When i stopped taking them it left me with awful insomnia and because i couldnt sleep and it left me having panic attacks, nausea, headaches from crying so much and vomiting after i woke up. In the end i went to the doctors and i was prescribed amitriptyline 10mg 2 weeks ago. I seem to be sleeping prolong rarther than in small sections, but even now i sleep around 3 hours a night and i am still vomiting regularly during the morning hours (and before someone mentions pregnancy iv not had intercourse for 8 months). It is effecting my social life and work (im about to become promoted after only being at my current job for 11 months – but this isnt causing me any stress, i love my job and its very laid back and the only thing keeping me occupied and sane).

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hello,NHS Direct has been set up to answer questions such as this.It is manned by professionals in the medical field,all you have to do is pick up the phone and pay for the cost of the call,you will incur no charge for their professional opinion.They will tell you what the best course of action is.Here is a link to their site,you will find their telephone number in the link :https://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/About/Conta…
I hope this information will assist you with your condition,
Regards.

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Your Questions About Stress Insomnia And The Adrenal Glands

Susan asks…

What is the 1st physical manifestation of stress in our bodies & how can we halt it or reverse damage…?

I would appreciate links or source information.

Specifically our family has had serious medical problems that I believe began the affect of stress on the adrenals. I am figuring this out so slowly and need a big picture. My mom died of what I believe was the affect of stress untreated over time. The doc said she had MS, but that never seemed right to me. I suffer hypothyroidism. I am 52. My 22 yo son has had stress, insomnia, depression & paranoia that ended in psychosis. I have to put this all together. My son hallucinated and attacked me w/ a knife. He wasn’t in his right mind. Now I need to make him well AND lay out how I think this begun w/ stress and the domino affect upon his body. At one point a doc put him on adderal bc he had trouble concentrating in college. Schizophrenia is not in our family. I feel that nutrition & hormones are the roots of this but need something like a time line of progression based on science, proven fact, empirical evidence.

We know his B-12 is very low. Enough that he would be symptomatic.

What kind of doc do I need?
Thank you Tink.

Insomnia Stress answers:

You need a holistic Endocrinologist,such as David brownsteine.Most Endocrinologists don`t even treat the adrenal glands,but holistic Endo`s do.He has some books on his website.I believe thyroid disease and adrenal fatigue go hand in hand.DR Broda Barnes also has a good book and Mary Shomon has a few books out,that are very helpfull.

Mark asks…

How to become a night person?

During the evening (when I come back from school), I’m fine. I eat dinner and then I start on my homework/study, but I fall asleep a quarter of the way through. So in the morning, I get up early (around 3-4 am) and start working for 1-2 hours. I don’t get tired or fall asleep then. I feel bad though, because I want to utilize my time during the night as well. How do I prevent myself from becoming tired at night when I’m doing my homework/study? Thanks!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Set up annoying alarms at times when you drift off and don’t shut it off. Try also developing insomnia which is caused by massive amounts of stress. Try taking a nap when you get home so you won’t feel tired when you get up at around 10pm or 12 am. Try to develop the ability to control your adrenal glands. Think angry and constantly scream to yourself to wake up. Never close your eyes for more than 5 seconds. There are harsher ways to get my ability to stay up an entire night from 6 pm to 6 am and that’s by: getting dengue and live with the constant fear that you’ll wake up with a needle in your arm taking your blood, getting enough stress to get insomnia, having your friends prank you and live with the constant hatred of them for keeping you up for 9 hours, do stuff on the Internet to keep you awake such as playing games, live in a hot environment, or tap into your adrenal glands and allow the hormones to keep you awake

George asks…

how does adrenalin work?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Adrenaline is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands during high stress or exciting situations. This powerful hormone is part of the human body’s acute stress response system, also called the “fight or flight” response. It works by stimulating the heart rate, contracting blood vessels, and dilating air passages, all of which work to increase blood flow to the muscles and oxygen to the lungs. Additionally, it is used as a medical treatment for some potentially life-threatening conditions including anaphylactic shock. In the US, the medical community largely refers to this hormone as epinephrine, although the two terms may be used interchangeably.
The Adrenal Glands

The adrenal glands are found directly above the kidneys in the human body, and are roughly 3 inches (7.62 cm) in length. Adrenaline is one of several hormones produced by these glands. Along with norepinephrine and dopamine, it is a catecholamine, which is a group of hormones released in response to stress. These three hormones react with various body tissues, preparing the body to react physically to the stress causing situation.
The Fight or Flight Response

The term “fight or flight” is often used to characterize the body’s reaction to very stressful situations. It is an evolutionary adaptation that allows the body to react to danger quickly. Dilated air passages, for example, allow the body to get more oxygen into the lungs quickly, increasing physical performance for short bursts of time. The blood vessels contract in most of the body, which redirects the blood toward the heart, lungs, and major muscle groups to help fuel the reaction.

When a person encounters a potentially dangerous situation, the hypothalamus in the brain signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and other hormones directly into the bloodstream. The body’s systems react to these hormones within seconds, giving the person a nearly instant physical boost. Strength and speed both increase, while the body’s ability to feel pain decreases. This hormonal surge is often referred to as an “adrenaline rush.”
Side Effects

In addition to a noticeable increase in strength and performance, this hormone typically causes heightened awareness and increased respiration. The person may also feel lightheaded, dizzy, and experience changes in vision. These effects can last up to an hour, depending on the situation.

When there is stress but no actual danger, a person can be left feeling restless and irritable. This is partly because adrenaline causes the body to release glucose, raising blood sugar, and giving the body energy that has no outlet. Many people find it beneficial to “work off” the adrenaline rush after a particularly stressful situation. In the past, people handled this naturally through fighting or other physical exertion, but in the modern world, high-stress situations often arise that involve little physical activity. Exercise can use up this extra energy.

Though adrenaline can play a key role in the body’s survival, it can also cause detrimental effects over time. Prolonged and heightened levels of the hormone can put enormous pressure on the heart muscle and can, in some cases, cause heart failure. Additionally, it may cause the hippocampus to shrink. High levels of adrenaline in the blood can lead to insomnia and jittery nerves, and are often an indicator of chronic stress.

Chris asks…

Help me, what is this bump that is on the back of my neck?

I should have worried about this as soon as I felt it, I had this painless bump/pimple on the back of my neck for about a year now, but just thought that was all it was was a pimple and that it would go away. I do have some night sweats and now I’m SO scared because I put two and two together. But I don’t have a fever or any other symptoms like fatigue or weight loss but still. The bump looks like a rather large mosquito bite that is pink and flatish…it didn’t get any bigger, but it will not go away. I’m afraid it’s cancer, I’m worried sick. And about the sweats, I just graduated nursing school and have been stressed. I’m 33 and went off the bc pill in november after being on the for 6 straight years. Please any advice is welcome! I can’t take this anxiety, I don’t want to die, I have a 6 year old child who needs me. Please help with advice…could it be cancer?
By the way, there is no pus so i dont think it’s a pimple, it looks like a medium sized mosquito bite that’s pink and flatish…but not itchy or painful.
I know nobody can diagnose me, but i’m looking for those who either knows someone who has something like this or they themselves had something like this.
And if they did, what what is it, etc. Thank you for your time.
Not only if you know somewone who experienced this or yourself, ANY information is appreciated. I’m SO worried.

Insomnia Stress answers:

The bump on your neck could be a harmless scrofula/stray lymph node. It could be an ingrown hair. It could be a sebaceous cyst. It could be another type of cyst. It is highly highly unlikely that it is anything malignant or dangerous.

The night sweats are a combination of an after effect from the birth control pills (it can literally take years for the negative feedback loop of your hormone system to self-regulate after being on The Pill for so long), and adrenal fatigue from stress.

In a normal menstrual cycle, the hypothalamus sends a signal (hormone) to the pituitary gland telling it to tell your ovary to ovulate. The pituitary gland sends a message (hormone) to the ovary telling it to ovulate. The ovary is supposed to acknowledge the message (with a hormone signal back to the pituitary gland) and then ovulate. This completes the communication cycle, and all is well for another 28 days or so (other things obviously happen, but are not related to the night sweats I’m about to explain).

Since The Pill has suppressed ovulation for the past 6 years by tricking your body into thinking it was pregnant, the ovaries “retired” since they weren’t being used for so long. Now they are being asked to come out of retirement, and it takes time — anywhere from months to years, depending on diet, life-style choices, stress, weight, thyroid function and other things. Therefore, when the pituitary gland sends the hormone message to the ovary telling it to ovulate, the ovary doesn’t always acknowledge the message promptly or properly, and may or may not actually comply and release an egg. This is the same thing that happens with peri-menopause and menopause.

When the pituitary gland doesn’t get an acknowledgement that completes the hormone communication cycle, it does the same thing that we do when we aren’t acknowledged — it repeats the message over and over again.
When the pituitary gland doesn’t get a reply, it “tattles” to the hypothalamus (dad), and the hypothalamus gives the ovary (child) a “consequence” — either a hot flash or night sweats (sometimes both). The hypothalamus does about 27 different things, one of them is temperature regulation. So when the ovary doesn’t respond to the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus sends signals to create night sweats (and/or hot flashes) to try to get the ovary to respond and comply.

Since around age 51, the ovaries are actually supposed to retire, the body has a built-in mechanism to deal with a lack of response from the ovaries. When this mechanism is functioning properly, there are no night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, or other menopause or peri-menopause symptoms. This mechanism involves the adrenal glands.

In the analogy of the dad, mom, and child, the adrenal gland functions as the “big sister.” When the ovary doesn’t respond to the pituitary gland, the adrenal gland is supposed to “step in” and complete the communication cycle with the pituitary gland. Once the pituitary gland gets the acknowledgement, it stops sending the message, and doesn’t “tattle” to the hypothalamus.

If the adrenal glands (that are also your stress glands) are busy managing other kinds of stress, they don’t “step in” and cover for the ovary. The problem is technically an adrenal gland problem more so than an ovary problem. The adrenals should be able to handle the transition of the ovaries out of “retirement,” but they are too fatigued from managing other stressors.

(Technically what is supposed to happen from an endocrine standpoint is that DHEA is supposed to convert to estrogen that is not being adequately produced by the ovary, but that’s just details . . .)

One of the best things you can do to handle the night sweats (and the rest of the stress symptoms in general) is to get some type of adrenal support supplement. My favorite is Adrenal Strength by a company called Mega Foods. Gaia Herbs also has one called Adrenal Support. In my patients with severe adrenal fatigue, I have them take both of these supplements.

As far as the bump on your neck, have it checked out, just to put your mind at ease, because the stress of worrying about what that could be is making the adrenal problem and night sweats worse.

I hope this helps you. Relax! Go for long walks with your child, and look at everything you can see on your walks. It is the best exercise to relax your adrenal glands. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about this stuff . . .

Respectfully,

Dr. Kim

Ken asks…

How can I slow down my metabolism and put on weight?

I have an extremely high metabolism. No matter what junk I put into my body, my body rejects the extra fat and excess parts and just takes what it needs.

It has gotten so bad that I’m at the point of just drinking whole milk out of the gallon no matter how disgusting I find it to be–it is the one thing that has shown small promise.

Basically, I’ve read weight gain articles and I’m sick of them suggesting that I have to overeat to gain weight–because I’ve tried the 6000 calorie-a-day diet and it never seems to hold, as soon as I get off it for a week, the weight disappears that was gained from it.

I like to eat, but never really have a huge appetite. I’m 22 years old, male, about 5’9″ and only 125 lbs. I work out regularly lifting weights and take protein shakes.

Are there any ways to increase my appetite or to slow down my metabolism? I believe these answers will be the solution to holding the weight that I am able to gain. Thanks.

Insomnia Stress answers:

You may be enemic your eating all the right food but the right delivery is not being digested.
There is no way to make this short. Here is what the body need. Vitimans are not all the same.

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Stress And Your Health

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Whole Food Ingredients

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Bioflavonoids

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Incredible Ingredients

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More About B Vitamins

The B vitamin complex is useful for a lot more than helping to overcome stress. B vitamins have been shown to be useful for cataracts, canker sores in the mouth, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, bursitis, high cholesterol and triglycerides, asthma, atheroscleroses, kidney stones, photosensitivity, PMS, morning sickness, Crohn’s disease, infertility, vitiligo, athletic performance, Peyronie’s disease, scleroderma, eczema, and cradle cap. B vitamins are damaged by light, heat, and water so they are easily destroyed in food sources. That is why it is so essential to take a B vitamin supplement three times a day to give a continual supply to your body.

How To Take The All In One Plus

Five capsules of The All In One Plus per day are all you need to receive all of the above- mentioned benefits. Taketwo with breakfast, two with lunch and one with the evening meal, along with your Cleanse-Zyme and 8 ounces of water, for the optimum effect.

It’s The All In One Plus

The All In One Plus is your best and most complete source of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and anti-aging nutrients to help you live a long and healthy life.

Each Capsule Contains

Vitamin A (Palmitate)
Beta Carotene
B-1 (Thiamine)
B-2 (Riboflavin)
B-3 (Niacin)
B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)
B-6 (Pyridoxine HCL)
B-12 (Cyanocobalamin)
Biotin
Folic Acid
Vitamin C (Ascorcic Acid)
Vitamin D-3 (Cholecalciferol)
Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol succinate)
Calcium (Citrate/Malate
Magnesium (AAC)
Manganese (AAC)
Zinc (AAC)
Copper (AAC0
Iron (Sulfate)
Selenium (Methionate)
Chromium (Polynicotinate)
Potassium (AAC)
PABA
Choline (Bitartrate)
Inositol
Iodine (Kelp)
Boron (AAC)
RNA (Spirulina)
DNA (Spirulina)
Chlorophyll
Carotenoids (Spirulina)
Spirulina
Bee Pollen
Royal Jelly 3X
Ginseng (Siberian)
Grape Seed Extract 95% OPC
Ginkgo Biloba Extract 24/6%
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Quercetin
Rutin
Bilberry Extract 25%
Pine Bark Extract 90% OPC
Coenzyme Q10
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Enzyme Delivery System
Ionic Minerals

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Management

Lisa asks…

Can stress cause physical pain?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress is actually a personal thing. It all can depend on what you are “stressing” over. So like if its major the pain might be major and if the stress is small the main may be minor.

Symptons of Stress:

Often stress management and, subsequently, stress relief are made difficult because symptoms are misdiagnosed. This is because stress can compound or be mistaken for other symptoms. This confusion is caused by the fact that stress is interrelated to physical, mental, behavioral and emotional conditions.Physical signs of stress can include fatigue, insomnia, muscle pain, heart palpitations, cramps, trembling, cold extremities and perspiration. Short attention spans, forgetfulness, indecisiveness, confusion and humorlessness are evidence of mental stress. Angry outbursts, crying, smoking, drinking, over eating and nervous nail-biting and foot tapping are symptoms of behavioral stress. While emotional stress can be seen in depression, worry, impatience, anxiety and nervousness.As you can see, there’s overlap in these symptoms. And when you combine any of them with the “pain cycle of chronic stress,” discussed later, getting to the root cause of stress and the pain it’s triggering requires the talents of a skilled and insightful professional.

Pain Inducing Stress: Headaches

Headache pain is one of the most commonly associated physical symptoms of stress. The pressure and aching of a tension headache is the most typical. Stress is created by continuously tightening head and neck. Muscles. Along with particular foods, stress can trigger migraine headaches that throb on one side of the head and can be severe and debilitating. Migraines are a kind of vascular headache which may be rooted in abnormalities in the brain’s blood flow system.While stress causes other types of headaches, only migraine headaches affect the entire body. Reactions to migraine headache pain can include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound and movement.Stress has also been know to set off sudden, severe cluster headaches which have a short duration, but can attack up to six times a day.

The Pain Cycle of Chronic Stress

Chronic back pain and conditions like arthritis, TMJ, bursitis, tendonitis, herniated disc, migraine headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, whiplash and carpal tunnel syndrome set off a chain reaction of physical and mental side effects. The persistent stress of chronic pain can affect the nervous and immune system. It can also intensify negative reactions to everyday stress. Coping with chronic pain can bring on depression, causing the brain to perceive even more pain, which subsequently creates even greater chronic stress. It’s a vicious circle of stress and pain.

Donna asks…

Can you get a cold from stress?

i’ve been really stressed. my boyfriend and i broke up last friday and this friday we got in another fight as friends. now i’m always stressed when i think about him. i lost two of my best friends in the past week.
then last night i slept over one of my friends house, one of the only ones i have left, and i started getting a cold. this morning i woke up and it was worse. can it be from stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Well yeah, because usually if your happy and
all euphoric people tend to not get sick as
streesed people, or depressed people.
It has to do with your immune system

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1. Your brain’s in pain.
When you’re stressed, your hormones set off a series of neurochemical events in your brain that stimulates your nerves and causes your blood vessels to swell. The result: tension headaches and migraines. There are ways to cope, however. Studies have shown that people who practice relaxation and stress-management techniques cut the number of headaches they have by as much as 35 to 50 percent.

2. Your stomach churns and burns.
You’ve been waiting in the check-out line at the grocery store for 20 minutes, you’re late for preschool pickup, and you’ve spilled coffee all over your new pants. By the time you get back in the car, your stomach is a queasy mess. Those little daily hassles can actually disrupt gut function and cause digestive problems just as much as major life changes can. “Anxiety and stress can cause the body to produce more digestive acid, which leads to heartburn. They can also slow the emptying of food from the stomach, which causes gas and bloating, and may even increase the number of times your colon contracts, leading to cramping and diarrhea,” explains Deborah Rhodes, M.D., a consultant in internal medicine at Mayo Medical School, in Rochester, Minnesota.

3. You sneeze up a storm.
Does it seem as if you come down with a cold every time you have to give a presentation at a PTA meeting? It isn’t just your imagination: Stress suppresses the immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. In a study at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, researchers surveyed volunteers about what was going on in their lives, and then infected them with a cold virus. The men and women coping with stresses ranging from a bad marriage to unemployment were twice as likely to get sick as those with fewer problems.

4. You’re up all night.
The day is done, but your mind’s still buzzing — leaving you to toss and turn in bed. You aren’t the only one lying there wide awake. “Stress is the number-one cause of sleep deprivation and insomnia,” says James Maas, Ph.D., author of Power Sleep. “That lack of shut-eye, in turn, makes you irritable and anxious, decreases your ability to fight infection, and impairs your ability to concentrate.” Sleep problems also create a vicious circle: Once you’re sleep deprived, your threshold for dealing with everyday problems is even lower — keeping you stressed out and making it more difficult to sleep the following night.

5. You pack on the pounds.
“When your body perceives stress, it assumes you need physical energy to protect yourself and releases adrenaline and cortisol,” explains Pamela Peeke, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore. “These hormones trigger the sensation of being hungry — which women, especially, respond to by eating fats and carbs.” (Now you know why you head for the vending machine every time your boss gives you another impossible deadline.)

6. Your back attacks.
While the physical rigors of being a parent — lugging baby gear, racing after small children — can contribute to backaches and muscle twinges, research shows that most chronic back pain is caused by psychological stress. “Tension triggers the sympathetic nervous system to reduce blood flow to the muscles, which makes them prone to spasms,” says Douglas Johnson, M.D., coauthor of Back Sense. To make matters worse, people tend to hunch over and tense their shoulder and neck muscles when they’re anxious — exacerbating back problems.

Richard asks…

Lucid dreaming for someone with chronic insomnia?

I would really like to have lucid dreams more frequently, but I noticed that many of the techniques used involve waking up at night. I’m on a prescribed medication for my insomnia, but waking up would most likely mean that I wouldn’t be able to get back to sleep. I’ve been recording my dreams, thinking about dreaming before sleeping, etc, which has certainly helped, but I’d like to try some more effective methods. Does anyone know of some techniques that may work for me?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I also have insomnia and that does effect my lucid dreaming. I’ll wake up and then can’t get back to sleep for the back to bed method so I know what you mean. What I do sometimes is wake up 4 hours after sleep and then I’ll probably get back to the dream world.

I don’t take a medication because it can effect the process, but if you need the pill for proper sleep due to a job, then you’ll have to try to lucid dream without the back to bed method. I do have LD’s when I don’t do it, but no where near as many. I would average one lucid dream a month if I didn’t get up and go back to bed.

If I were you I would try galantamind. Its a pills that is used for WILDS, wake induced lucid dreams, but also works well when you get in the dream.

Galantamind mixed with choline and vitamin B5 can be found here…

Http://www.amazon.com/Galantamind-Galant…

There is also a book about the pill called Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Supplements found here…

Http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Lucid-Dre…

It teaches how to use the pill for wilds, but in your case you won’t be able to wake up to take the pill at the right time so the book may not help you. You can just take it before bed and see how it works. The books says to take 4 to 8mg, and only take it once every four days or you’ll devolope a resistance to it. Again its really hard for me to use this pill with the back to bed method because it keeps your mind awake while your body falls asleep. You can imagine this is a crazy and heart pumping ride so its hard to fall asleep with all that going on. I have done it three times, and thats it. But like I said it also helps lucid dreaming even if you don’t do the back to bed method. Also it won’t have that crazy effect on your body when you first go to sleep, only when you wake up after 6 hours, take the pill and then fall asleep 30min later. Try it and see how it goes, can’t hurt.

Also try taking the famous lucid dreaming pill Calea zacatechichi.

Http://www.iamshaman.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductUID=2013&ProductCode=CAZ-

This pill has created my most amazing and long lasting lucid dreams.

Other than that just continue the regular training and you should have a good amout of lucid dreams. But the best answer to your question would be to find out why you are having insomnia. If you could talk to a psychologist about it and see what you can do, like hypnosis or stress management. You may have something that you feel like you haven’t finished, and that keeps you from falling asleep. Medication just covers up the problem, but its still there. I should also take that same advice, as I’m repeating what other’s have told me. Good Sleep to you.

Good lucid dreaming to you!

Steven asks…

5 Physical responses to stress?

5 Physical responses to stress then identify if positive or negative?
Ex- sleeping problems negative

5 behavioral responses to stress then identify if positive or negative?
ex- cutting class negative

Also Ways to manage stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress is a natural human response seemingly occurring in situations where internal or external stimuli are perceived as threatening or extending beyond one’s ability to cope. It is important to realize and consider that a short amount of stress is actually healthy for the human condition, as it promotes motivation and has an increase on the body’s physical and mental stamina, leading individuals to be able to maintain a certain amount of self-control and self-persuasion. Healthy stress is frequently coined “eustress”.

However, unhealthy stress is when the stress response seems to occur more frequently than normal for the average individual, and when such an episode seems to run longer than normal and have a heightened intensity, making the individual more sensitive to their environment and encounters the “fight-or-flight” response. Stages of unhealthy stress are known as “distress”. Irrational fears and racing thoughts almost always accompany unhealthy stress.

Healthy and unhealthy stress will start to show signs that are often very similar across the same spectrum, but differ from the individual.

(Physical)
(Negative symptoms)
-Headaches and migraines
-Lack or increase in appetite
-Weight gain or loss
-Sleeping too little (insomnia) or too much (hypersomnia)
-Upset stomach and digestive complaints

(Positive signs)
-Positive facial expressions
-Correct posture and body language
-Normal voice pitch
-Maintaining eye contact and confident appeal
-Breathing regularly

(Behavioral)
(Negative symptoms)
-Isolation from family, friends and members of the community
-Lack of interest and/or pleasure in activities that were once the source of enjoyment
-Affirming negative remarks and statements
-Self-neglect (i.e. Not showering, dressing, eating, sleeping properly or according to normal schedule)
-Procrastination and avoiding responsibilities

-Gradually identifying working on fears
-Exploring other activities and alternatives
-Making mistakes, identifying, accepting and correcting them
-Brief summary of progress or sharing accomplishments with others
-Making notes and recordings

See above, gives a relatively good description of some of the physical and behavioral factors one may go through when confronted by either eustress or distress. It is important however to be aware of the signs and symptoms your body may be experiencing beforehand or during and after the perceived threat that stimulates the stress response, in order to see how it may be effecting you. If you are having trouble with dealing with stress and it seems like it is becoming too overwhelming and taking control of your life, than stress management is a good way to manage the symptoms of a stress response.

Managing stress may be done by the following:
-Slow breathing techniques for a minimum of 3 minutes, preferably several times a day
-Drinking lots of water and fluids (as water intake regulates mood swings, making you feel happier)
-Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and try to consume a varied diet with nutritionals calories
-Get a good amount of sun exposure, and physical exercise for at least half an hour a day

-Meditation
-Herbal teas and remedies
-Massage and aromatherapy
-Homeopathy and other soothing practices
-Cold or warm baths/showers
-Maintaining an ordinary sleep pattern (going to bed and waking up at the same times each day)…you can use an alarm clock to slowly weave yourself back into a routine

-Take up a hobby
-Chew gum
-Gain awareness of your body’s natural senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell)…use these to adapt to your environment
-Spending time with nature
-Natural medicine
-Peace and tranquil music
-Spending quality time with pet
-Artistic or musical expression
-Sport and recreation
-Yoga
-Cognitive function
-Maintaining work/life balance
-Mindfulness
-Social activity and community groups
-Chocolate bars may stimulate energy levels (but don’t overindulge on eating the same foods, particularly if it is high in sugar and fat content)
-Stress balls
-Lavender and other essential oils
-Adequate rest and activities that incite escapism as a form of relaxation and distraction (i.e. Reading, watching television, movie, drawing, being artistic and creative)

David asks…

how to induce insomnia?

I just want to know so I can Avoid it.
Also, What level of anger is normal for me?
I’m 14, and I’m a girl.
I took an online anger level test and I think I might have problems; I want your opinion on whether I should consider anger management.
this is the test: http://www.angermanagementresource.com/anger-test.html
PLease don’t make fun or ask e if I’m serious because I am.
Thank you!

Insomnia Stress answers:

OK I’ll be serious, and honest with you. One way I know to actually induce insomnia is to take drugs like amphetamines to keep you awake! Another way would be to make yourself so worried and stressed that you can’t get to sleep because your mind won’t switch off. Or in old age people often have trouble sleeping. The first one you can definitely avoid, the second two might not be so easy, things happen in life we have no control over especially growing old! As for levels of anger, if you’re feeling unusually angry it could just be your hormones, part of growing up, this will, I’m sure, settle down as your hormone levels balance out. Try not to take too many of these tests, you’ll end up worrying yourself unnecessarily.

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Hormones

Lisa asks…

What causes insomnia?

Is it like a chemical imbalance, lack of vitamens or just all in your mind?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia can be caused by physical factors as well as psychological factors. There is often an underlying medical condition that causes chronic insomnia, while transient insomnia may be due to a recent event or occurrence. Causes of insomnia include:
Drugs, alcohol, and medicines: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, stimulants, antidepressants, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medicines, decongestants, weight-loss medicines, antihistamines, cocaine, ephedrine, amphetamines, methamphetamine, fluoroquinolone antibiotic drugs

Disruptions in circadian rhythm: jet lag, job shift changes, high altitudes, noisiness, hotness or coldness

Psychological issues: stress, anxiety, depression, mania, schizophrenia

Medical conditions: brain lesions and tumors, stroke, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, congestive heart failure, angina, acid-reflux disease (GERD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, sleep apnea, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, hyperthyroidism, arthritis

Hormones: estrogen, hormone shifts during menstruation

Other factors: sleeping next to a snoring partner, parasites, genetic conditions, overactive mind, pregnancy

Mary asks…

Do i have Insomnia? Help?

For the past couple of weeks i’ve had trouble sleeping. I got lie down in my bed usually quite late because i just don’t be tired. Ill lay down try to relax and sleep but it doesn’t work my mind keeps racing. I think about anything. I probably be there for 1-2 hours tossing and turning trying to sleep. When i do get to sleep and try to wake up i cant so ill be really tired the whole day. I fall asleep in lessons and cant concentrate on anything. I seem to be a lot more angry and moody because i’m so tired all the time. It’s driving me insane and i don’t know what to do.
I’m a 16 year old girl.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I think that at the age you are, it is probably just your hormones going all over the place. Your body is probably trying to take in all the change, so your feeling stressed out when you go to bed. I had something like this a while ago, when I’d get into bed I would just stress myself out because I couldn’t get to sleep. My suggestions:
.try reading in bed( it tires your eyes and mind out)
.try listening to music when your in bed
. Try to find those recording that are all like ‘close your eyeeees….
Hope I help ;)

Linda asks…

Can pimples come from being stressed?

I get them everytime im mad or stressed which is weird….

Insomnia Stress answers:

There is a link between adult acne and stress, and research has proven this link. (In fact, acne is considered one of the main culprits when it comes to acne in adults.) This happens because, when your body is stressed, the increase in stress hormones can throw off your equilibrium and you can experience all sorts of changes, such as weight gain, increased blood pressure, and worsened acne. Experts are divided on whether stress creates acne or just worsens it, but it does increase the amount of oil your skin secretes, which can clog pores and cause breakouts.

One way to tell if acne is stress-related is to be aware of when breakouts tend to occur, and examine your stress levels from the preceeding week. If breakouts tend to match up with the times that your body is feeling stressed, there is probably a link. (If, however, you always tend to get acne on specific spots like the right side of your chin or your left cheek, that could actually be due to environmental factors like your cell phone resting on your face as you talk.)

You can practice stress management techniques to keep stress-related acne in check, and be sure to wash your face regularly as well. I also recommend exfoliating and even using a home microdermabrasion kit, which removes the top layer of skin and stimulates new, fresh skin to grow, but I’m not a dermatologist, so that recommendation is only a lay opinion.

Here are some indirect ways stress causes Acne:

While not all the study results have been conclusive about deciding can stress cause pimples, there are other, indirect ways that too much stress can lead to acne outbreaks.

- Medication: Pimples and acne outbreaks can be a side effect of some medications prescribed to control stress.

- Diet: Individuals under a lot of stress tend to eat less healthy meals and more junk food, which can in turn lead to vitamin deficiencies that may increase the chance of acne outbreaks.

- Sleep: If an individual with moderate or severe acne does not get enough rest, the body and skin does not have enough time to heal the outbreak and it can gradually get worse. Because stress can cause insomnia, this can lead to more pimples.

- Healing process: Too much stress can slow the healing process and since pimples are types of sores and wounds in the skin, they can take longer to clear up if an individual is stressed.

You can minimize the risks of stress-induced acne by taking simple steps to control both the stress and the pimples:

1.- Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables, to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs to keep your hormones balanced and your skin healthy.

2.- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

3.- Get plenty of sleep to avoid burnout and exhaustion that can lead to more stress.

4.-Take control of the stress in your life by finding stress management techniques that can help you stay calm and in control.

5.- Consider learning how to meditate for a quick escape from daily stress.

6.- Practise other quick stress relievers so you can easily cope with everyday stress.

7.- Wash your face regularly with gently medicating soaps or foams to help keep pores clear and your skin healthy.

Hope it helps!

William asks…

Always having insomnia when…………?

ok so whenevr im about to have this “big day” thing with mi friend which weve been planning for like months, i always have insomnia the nite b4 and have 2 reschedule!
Like last nite i didnt sleep at ALL, but ive already cld n rescheduled it twice, so im goin 2day.
I cant figure out why….i mean its not like im nervous at all bout hangin out w/ mi friend! Like could it be that i get stressed out like “okay i HAVE to get some sleep so i need 2 fall asleep”?and then that gets me all stressed? (B/c shes pikin me up like 11)
thnx in advance!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi,

It is not necessary that when you have a plan to follow with the next day you are nervous. Maybe you are just happy and excited. Any kind of excitement releases hormones into your blood which make you active for the occasion. If you keep thinking about something you are looking forward to the next day, your body will do just that – make you excited and then you will find it difficult to sleep. What you need to do is learn some mind relaxation techniques. You should not think about anything when you are in bed at night. Keep all thoughts out of your head and only think of sleep and a good night’s rest.

What is happening to you is quite normal. I don’t know how old you are so I can’t really pin point. But if you are young then it is quite normal to feel this way. You obviously love hanging out with this friend of yours and are really looking forward to the plan. Because of the happy feeling you get, it is mot possible for your mind to fall asleep.

I read this interesting article on the net about breathing and basically relaxing your mind. Take a look it might help.

Http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Relax-Your-Mind-in-Seconds&id=1472935

Jenny asks…

Should I see a doctor about insomnia?

I’ve always had trouble getting to sleep, I don’t suffer from anything like anxiety, nervousness etc, infact I tend not to worry about anything, I just can’t get to sleep, I always have loads of stuff to think about, I have a couple of songs stuck in my head(..yes). My boyfriend always says sometimes I wake him up because of my tossing and turning even after he’s been into deep sleep. Whenever I try to count how many hours of sleep I get at night, I usually minus one or two hours because I can never get to sleep after about a minimum of about one hours worth of trying.

Lately I can’t get to sleep at all, I’ve tried to get myself all relaxed beforehand, long baths, warm milk etc, I try to keep still and calm my thoughts but I can’t get to sleep, and when I finally do I always dream, so I assume that’s deep sleep? And then I wake up early in the morning despite still being tired and can’t get back to sleep. I wake up in the morning with dark circles under my eyes, no idea if that’s related to sleep or if that’s just me.

But other nights it’s okay, I get fine sleep, but I’m just wondering, how long does it generally take for someone to fall asleep? Is what I described normal?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Actually Insomnia is classified into three conditions.. Which they are,

Transient insomnia :

Transient insomnia lasts for less than a week. It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, severe depression, or by stress. Its consequences – sleepiness and impaired psychomotor performance – are similar to those of sleep deprivation.

Acute insomnia :

Acute insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of less than a month. Insomnia is present when there is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or when the sleep that is obtained is non-refreshing or of poor quality. These problems occur despite adequate opportunity and circumstances for sleep and they must result in problems with daytime function. Acute insomnia is also known as short term insomnia or stress related insomnia.

Chronic insomnia :

Chronic insomnia lasts for longer than a month. It can be caused by another disorder, or it can be a primary disorder. People with high levels of stress hormones or shifts in the levels of cytokines are more likely to have chronic insomnia. Its effects can vary according to its causes. They might include muscular fatigue, hallucinations, and/or mental fatigue. Some people that live with this disorder see things as if they are happening in slow motion, wherein moving objects seem to blend together.[citation needed] Chronic insomnia can cause double vision.

I don’t know wheather u will be which class.. But one thing.. If u do some exercise like jogging or running with some of sweat…. Surely u will fall asleep in tried without these problem……!!!!!

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Your Questions About Insomnia Stress Anxiety

Michael asks…

OTC for anxiety?

I was wondering if anybody knew of a good otc product for anxiety? I have been researching the internet as well as past questions on here and have come up w/either St. John’s Wort or Valerian Root. The problem is, the research I have done on St John’s is it is used more so for depression, which I do not have, and Valerian Root is used for insomnia, which I also don’t have. I just have anxiety and get bad nerves. So I am worried if I take Valerian in the mornings, it is going to put me to sleep or make me tired, when really I just don’t want to feel anxious. Does anyone have any experience with either? I have never taken, so I could be completely wrong? Or if not, do you know of any different otc medications that are just for anxiety? Thank you in advance!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety / Stress / Depression(Bereavment) / Mood Swings :-

ANXIETY & STRESS :-

Sudden with restlessness and fear of death Aconite 30X or 200X,1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

Prolonged with periodic and panic attacks Arsenic Alb.200X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

With fainting spells; profuse sweating; worse in the morning Sulphur 30X or 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Makes patient walk fast; due to anticipation Argentum Nit 200X, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Worse lying in bed and closing the eyes Carbo Veg 30X or 200X, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

Anxiety aggravated by upward or downward motion; going in an elevator; worse till 11 P.M, Borax 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Anxious about business even when seriously ill Bryonia Alba 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Full of apprehensions in the evening Causticum 200X, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Anxiety and fears in the evening with restlessness and palpitation Calcarea Carb.200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Anxiety worse while lying still. Sad music ameliorates the complaints Manganum Acet 200X 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Anxiety due to fright, fear,exciting news; stage fright; worse while appearing for examination or interview etc Gelsemium 30X or 200X 3 hourly (6 Doses)

Mood Swings, Anxiety due to grief or shock in the subconscious mind Ignatia 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

Anxiety; better after eating Anacardium Or 30X, 4 hourly.

DEPRESSION & GRIEF(Bereavement) :-

Severe shock due to sudden death of loved ones; restlessness, anxiety and fear Aconite 200X. 10 min (3 Doses)

Prolonged mournings; cannot overcome the loss of loved ones and/or Mood Swings. Ignatia 1M or 10M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

When the grief is in the conscious mind; patient weeps; does not like sympathy Natrum Mur.200X or 1M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

For chronic grief and indignation Staphysagria 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

Depression with suicidal thoughts feeling of worthlessness, Aurum Met 30X, three times a day half hour before meals.

Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

Take Care and God Bless You !

Richard asks…

Could i have insomnia?

It’s 7am and I still haven’t slept. I’ve been sleeping around 4/5/6/7am for the past three weeks or so. I’ve always had trouble sleeping. Probably since 2008 did it start to get worse. I told my doctor last year and she said its probably because of stress as I had my exams. But I’m always stressed / worrying about things. I’ve always had family trouble and its never going to change. I’m pretty much always tired. I’m anaemic so I take iron tablets but not always. I usually sleep for about 4-7 hours other times I sleep for like 8-10 hours but that usually happens every 4-6 months or so. People always tell me that I could be suffering from insomnia but I didn’t really think much of it as I’m so used to sleeping like this. It’s been affecting me a lot lately. If I sleep early. For me early us like 11/12am then I wake up at 3/4am and don’t sleep for another two hours so then waking up for class is really difficult i sometimes miss my 10am lectures or ok like 40 minutes late. And if I sleep at 4am then I can kind of wake up on time but I’m pretty much half asleep in class. So could I be suffering from insomnia? Sorry for writing so much

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is about 99% caused by anxiety and stress related problems I’ve been there many times.
Try relaxing music
Writing down the things that bother you and get back to them in the morning
If your stressed about revising then do things in small chunks and don’t panic!!
Try using herbal pills
Use herbal oils
Have a bath and light some candles
Drink a hot cup of milk
Make sure your room is well ventilated and not too cold or too hot

Susan asks…

Do I have insomnia ?

do I have insomnia? I’m only a 13 year old girl but I have a lot of problems with falling asleep and staying asleep, if I’m sleeping I constantly have nightmares and when I’m sleeping I wake up several times and when I wake up it’s not for 2 minutes but for a half an hour or something. I don’t sleep much and if I do I always wake up between 5-20 times. I have this for 7 months now and literally every night. I’m also very anxious and stuff and I have a lot of stress.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Most sleeping problems are probably caused by stress, depression, anxiety and worry.

Sleeping pills can give you bad side effects such as headaches and drowsiness during the day 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 include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22sleep+enhancing+foods%22&fr=ush-ans

You can see further tips in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22how+to+fall+asleep+and+stay+asleep%22&fr=ush-ans which tells you “how to fall asleep and stay asleep”.

Sandra asks…

Stomach and head problems. Can anxiety, stress, and depression make you feel this way?

Hi. ihave been under so much stress it is crazy. About 7 months ago i got sick at work. Nausea and vomiting. I thought is waz just a painic attack. But the nausea never went away and then i had mucus in my stools, nausea everyday, anxiety, depression, headaches and just felling sick. After every single stomach test in the world 2 differnt docs said i was depresses and had a mental break down. I started to fell a little better and the nausea its as bad and i can eat again. I still have my stomach problems, but not as bad when i dont tink about it. I just had something else bad happen in my life and now have these weird head aches. I havent been sleep very well tho. I have these vision problems. Foggy vision and feel like i cant think for like a second or two. Anxiety runs in my family and I have had it for awhile. I am just sick of worring. So now i think I have a brain tumor. Sometimes I feel off balance, dizzy, and like 2 sec. black out feelings. Anxiety? Iam 19.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yes. Stress, Anxiety, and Grief. Stress is a normal part of our lives. It isn’t necessarily good or bad. It isn’t a disease. But reaction to stress can vary enormously, and some of these reactions are undesirable.Some common symptoms of anxiety are insomnia and an inability to concentrate. Grief is an appropriate reaction to certain situations such as death of a loved one or loss of job. In such cases, time is the healer, although significant help may be gained from family, friends, and community resources. The family doctor will attempt to identify the problem and determine if the help of a psychiatrist or psychiatric social worker is required. Exercise can be helpful, as can relaxation techniques. In addition, sometimes the symptoms of anxiety are associated with too much caffeine.

Lizzie asks…

Stress, anxiety, throat issues, insomnia and an antihistamine roller-coaster?

Hi everyone

For the past few weeks I have been under an intense amount of stress and anxiety. I have been an anxiety sufferer for many years and also have bouts of insomnia that can last up to several weeks where I’ll wake up too early and only end up with 3-4 hours of sleep. Anyway, the insomnia hit me particulary hard a few weeks ago when all of this started and so I began taking Atarax which helped me get through the night but would make me feel like I was in the twilight zone the next day. So, I switched to Benadryl which helped me sleep but also zoned me out pretty bad. Then I started spraying nasal spray (Astelin) up my nose (lots and lots of it) and that helped me sleep but totally wiped me out the next day. Then, I’d go back to the Atarax and Benadryl again and then once again, back to the nasal spray. All are antihistamines and all made me very drowsy but I was completely plastered the next day. It’s become an antihistamine roller-coaster and I feel drugged and out of it most of the time but when I have tried not taking them, I don’t sleep very well. A real catch-22.

My symptoms (in addition to the insomnia, stress and anxiety) have been bouts of dizzyness, nasal and chest congestion, brain fog and the good old “lump in the throat” sensation. I also find myself swallowing a lot and there are these little pains (but not a sore throat). Food also feels uncomfortable going down sometimes (but not painful).

I guess I’m just wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience and maybe get some input/advice or even to just know that I’m not alone might help.

Thanks so much, Nick

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi Nick!
I am a Physician Assistant and I practice in the State of NY. Also, I run a free group (E-Therapy) via email and have a text line for 24/7 support. This is all ran by me, alone and on my own time, own personal device. Your defiantly not alone! I had/have the same problem, and I would recommend you see a doctor promptly! Stress is a big factor upon sleep and the number of Americans suffer from insomnia. Anti-histamines don’t always work, you should see your primary doctor for a talk with them, depending on your age, they may prescribe you sleep medicine. Most of the time, sleep medicines are federally controlled substances as they change they way you think and act. Examples include: Ambien, Lunesta, Trazadone and Sonata. I would recommend you have a talk with your PCP! If you have any questions feel free to contact me via my email: fostercorey1@live.com or my text help line — 716.241.6100

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Charles asks…

Do you think I have insomnia or just stress?

Im In my late teens… And i was wondering if I have insomnia… I stay up really late just tossing and turning because I can’t seem to fall asleep I settle down around 10pm but don’t get to sleep till about 12 then wake up at 3 don’t go back to bed till 4 or 4:30 then wake up at 6 or 7am for school… And I’m really grouchy and stuff I have most of the symptoms but I’m not sure… My doctor doesn’t listen to me so I wanna know from one of you what you think

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi kelsi,

While some call it the most wonderful time of the year, for others the holiday season is a time of undue stress. Office and cocktail parties, school concerts, family gatherings… These are all meant to be happy festive occasions, a time to celebrate the best of the season. But add holiday shopping, home decorating and meal preparation to the mix and the already time-crunched individual may be just about ready to crack. When there are only 24 hours in a day, something’s got to give. And too often, that something is sleep.

Who decided that sleep is expendable? Somehow those of us who admit they “need to sleep” are considered wimps. There’s a social pressure associated with staying up late and doing it all. Research published by the National Sleep Foundation shows that 30% of those surveyed sleep six hours or less per night. Yet sleep scientists agree that a minimum of 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep are required to reap the benefits of a restorative night’s sleep.

When we sleep our cells rejuvenate, which is crucial for the growth and repair of muscles and tissues. Why do you think babies and teens (and athletes) need more sleep than the average adult? Insufficient sleep can lead to premature aging, decreased immunity and an increased risk of degenerative chronic illness. For the athlete, it can also translate to slower recovery times, poor performance and higher risk of injury.

We’ve all experienced the mental fog that accompanies sleep deprivation. Mood, alertness, reaction times and our immune system are all affected by even one night of insufficient sleep. It’s time to stop neglecting ourselves and to recognize that getting enough sleep will ultimately make us more productive, more energetic and, most importantly, healthier and happier.

What do many of us do when we wake up feeling lethargic and fuzzy headed? We look for comfort as well as stimulants, usually in the form of foods we really shouldn’t be eating: coffee and a muffin for breakfast; pizza for lunch; more coffee, maybe some chocolate later in the day. It’s not all in your head. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Sleep Research reported that even one night of sleep deprivation can increase the levels of ghrelin (the hunger-stimulating hormone) and decrease the levels of leptin (the hunger-suppressing hormone). It also negatively impacts insulin sensitivity, which explains why you’re looking for high fat or sugar-laden snacks like potato chips or cookies.

Refined carbs and sugar may make you feel good in that moment, but in the long run they add hormonal and digestive burdens to an already stressed body. Those carbs will give you a short-term boost, but will also cause your blood sugar to crash an hour later and set you up for more cravings as your physiological need for nutrients hasn’t been met. By wreaking havoc with your insulin levels, desserts and sugary drinks can interfere with a good night’s rest, especially when consumed later in the day. It becomes a vicious cycle, as sleep deprivation can spike your cortisol (a stress hormone), which further fuels that desire for comfort food. Result: weight gain and further interrupted sleep.

Holiday time might affect the number of hours you sleep, and you can’t always control that, but what you can control is what you eat. Nutrition can enhance the quality of your sleep as well as your energy levels throughout the day. Here are a few tips to help you get through this busy season and enjoy a restorative night’s sleep.

You can read more from the given source:

Sandra asks…

Sleep disorder/Stress/Insomnia?

Ever since my break up with my boyfriend and the impossibility of finding a job in this economy I have been suffering from insomnia. Prior to this week I have always been able to sleep my schedule was just messed up I would stay up all night and sleep all day but over the past seven days my body is not capable of relaxing even when it’s on no sleep. For example I slept 4 hours last night (well 2 nights ago) and am completely wide awake now and i have not slept. What I’ll usually do is fall asleep when my body gets tired and wind up sleeping the whole day away hence never breaking the cycle. I am going to try to stay awake until tonight in order to try and get back on a normal schedule but I’ve been told that for the most part doing that won’t cure this because it’s stress related. Has anyone had any similar situations?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress and lack of routine are common causes of sleeplessness. Try and follow a routine in the day. Exercise, go for walks, go to the library, get productive, do voluntary work if you must.

Your body and brain needs routine. Stop sleeping in the day, and slowly adjust your sleep cycle so it’s back to normal.

Donald asks…

What is wrong with me? Anxiety? Depression? Insomnia? Stress? Help!?

I am 18 years old. I live at home with 7 other people. I’m getting ready for college in 10 days. I’ve always been a bit out of my element where I live. I don’t necessarily like the area or the people, but I tolerate it. I am always annoyed by my siblings and parents and often find myself in tears because I can’t express my anger. I believe that I might have anxiety/depression and could possibly be bipolar. I never get enough sleep and I am always stressed out. I have a job. I am SO ready for college.

I went to bed at 12 AM and woke up at 2:30 AM for no reason. I always do this and have a difficult time sleeping. I never wake up refreshed and lately for the past month or so I have not been able to produce tears. Not being able to cry is very irritating and even more depressing. What could be wrong?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Dear One, The first ethical advice is for you to get checked out by your doctor. Many physical ailments mimic anxiety and depression. You are under A LOT of stress. Stress could produce your symptoms. Also, anxiety and depression could also produce your symptoms. I recommend going to the doctor first. I urge you to do so. Then I would see if your symptoms decrease as you enter college and have a couple of weeks to adjust, and destress from your current situation. If your symptoms prevail and there is nothing wrong with you physically, then seek counseling for anxiety and depression. I wish you the best in your new life.

Ken asks…

work stress, insomnia?

i am a management staff, alwasy i will insomnia if the next day i need to work and (especially on sunday night)
i’m quite a perfectionist, i always don’t allowed myself to have any mistake on work, i believe this is the reason i will always have a very active mind before i go to bed, and can be sleelpless for the whole night although i keep trying to relax myself. I did tried to put some lavender oil on my bed and matress, but it helps nothing at all. i can very awake till the next morning and no choice still need to go work with my tired body.

anyone please help??

insomnia is really make me my life very hard now and i’m only 27 years old. beside consult doc, is there any other way because i dont knwo how is the the consultation fees, i earn not much every month, so never affort on it i think.

But if anyone can provide me the consultation fees perhaps if there is nothing much i can do, if im not wrong doc will only give me sleeping or relaxing pill which i had it actually.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Try getting into a sleep study program. You may have more going on than stress. Some of those pay you for your time and travel expense.

Nancy asks…

What are some good methods of getting rid of stress? Insomnia?

In school, I tend to get assigned a lot of larger assignments assigned all at once, and never can find the time to work on them, especially with all the extracurricular programs I participate in. Often times, I get home at 8:00pm, and would have multiple large assignments at once, like 2 essays, a poster, and 3 worksheets due the next day, along with 2 tests. Plus, my laptop (which most of my data for school was in) got a virus that wiped my hard-drive clean, forcing me to restart everything from scratch again (One of those assignments happens to be a 10 page short story, which was not yet double spaced).

It may not seem that bad as I describe it to you, but I appear to be developing insomnia, due to poor sleeping habits, preventing me from paying attention to my classes. It would be really wonderful if I could get some advice for getting rid of this stress and insomnia, (Which, I assure you is not from using the computer for too long) other than taking more/less breaks, getting the work done, or cutting my extracurricular programs. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please pardon any grammatical errors I might have made.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress relief……You have way too much going on. Sounds like you give no time to yourself, that you are “type “A” or you are trying to impress someone. The best advice I could give is often the hardest thing to do…….Be calm…you move too much. Be quiet…..I’ll bet you have a loud mind. And think on nothing for some time each day. Or think on people in your life, the ” Drama Free ” People in your life. As for sleep…..when your mind and body calm down you will sleep better. You have to want to less stress to have less stress.

I hope this might help…It does work for me.

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Ken asks…

insomnia problem?

how do i sleep better i can never fall asleep till i am exhausted since i have ADD and cannot concentrate on one thing when im falling asleep so what happens is my mind keeps changing from one thing to another like every 5 seconds so i never can just relax and concentrate on 1 thing for a period of time, so i never get pas the fallign asleep stage.

ADD medication doesnt work with me, ive tried it already ugh.
Ive tried listening to music but it makes me emotional when i listen to music and that doesnt help when your trying to sleep lol, makes you more awake.

So is there anything else I can do? My mom is against me using anything like niquil to help this but I don’t know what else to do since this is really driving me crazy.

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 http://useinfo-insomnia.blogspot.com/ for more info

Jenny asks…

temporary insomnia?

I don’t think that I have insomnia because I can sleep 1/2 the time but, like, for once or twice every month I don’t sleep or I don’t sleep much, like, 2 or 3 hours a night. It bothers me because I am so exhausted but I just can’t sleep. I am not stressed or anything but I get really anxious or nervous and my heart races. I seriously just lay here, fidget, and try to sleep.
Is this insomnia? Or is it normal? What can I do to fix it?
when i said once or twice every month i meant one or two weeks.

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 http://useinfo-insomnia.blogspot.com/ for more info

William asks…

Insomnia anyone?

It’s late,
and there’s no hope in sight
I waken
from this fitful night
Of sleep
Where dreams have filled my soul
And left
Within my mind
(a hole)
Wherein all doubts and fears
do lie
disturbs my slumber
bye & bye
creating new illusions clear
Allowing rest
no longer
here! &%@*X

This was written during a period of insomnia brought on by a painful divorce. I originally arranged the words in a Z form on the printed page connecting it to snoring – happy for you all to pull it to pieces – if you read it aloud at a pace (as in pacing up and down while awake with insomnia) in a sort of staccato fashion it sort of works – IMHO

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 http://useinfo-insomnia.blogspot.com/ for more info

Susan asks…

Best insomnia medication?

Whats the best in your opinion and why?

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 http://useinfo-insomnia.blogspot.com/ for more info

Betty asks…

Is it considered insomnia?

So every day, even on school day it is hard for me to fall asleep, sometimes if my class is 7 in the morning I would go to school with no sleep at all. Like today, I slept at 8 in the morning and woke up at 1 in the afternoon. My eyes are heavy and all that but I can’t fall asleep. but worst is sometimes I would wake up while sleeping and won’t fall back asleep. And gotta function from a 3or 4 hrs of sleep for that day. But sometimes miracle would happen, like a whole month I would sleep Okay, Like 12midnight then woke up around 9 in the morning but it would happen again, I would go back to my fcked up sleeping pattern >.< Is this classified as insomnia? Should I go see a doctor?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Most sleeping problems are probably caused by stress, depression, anxiety and worry.

Sleeping pills can give you bad side effects such as headaches and drowsiness during the day 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 include warm milk, turkey, cherries, oatmeal, bananas, wine and others as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22sleep+enhancing+foods%22&fr=ush-ans

You can see further tips in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22how+to+fall+asleep+and+stay+asleep%22&fr=ush-ans which tells you “how to fall asleep and stay asleep”.

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Richard asks…

Help! I have terrible Insomnia and stress.?

I don’t know what to do! I dont have a family doctor and I have been to the hospital emergency room and a clinic. I have been tossed drugs to help me sleep ( I know thats not the answer) but Im getting sicker. I had to drop one class and now its exams and I cannot do my final exam on tuesday. The only way out is to get a doctors note. But who is going to beleive me? who is going to give me one when Im not their paitent? I can only get partial notes. But my insomnia is now causing other problems. Im loosing my hair, my weight is going down, and its agrivating my stomach problems. Im a mess and obviously the stress of the exams is making it worse! I need to differ it till I can get this under wraps. Please dont give me advice on how to sleep I KNOW it all. I need to find a doctor and I dont know if any doctor will beleive me. what should I do??

Insomnia Stress answers:

First of all, why not take some sleep meds at least temporarily. Ask your doctor for temazepam or the anti-depressant amatriptaline , both which have worked for me for 20 years when I need them. Maybe you have a hormonal imbalance caused by a diet that is not good or appropriate for you. My guess as someone who has had insomnia for over 20 years is that you need to make lifestyle changes. Maybe start seeing a therapist. Getting toxic people out of your life. Cut your work or school load back(or even out for a semester). It could even be contaminates in you home you are allergic to. Walking and mild exercise like tai-chi helps a lot of people sleep better. There is also a theory that the magnetic fields from having too many electrical appliances near you when you sleep is a factor in bad health and insomnia. Going to bed too full or too hungry can do it too. I suggest you start studying it gradually. There are many articles on the net and many books in Barnes and Noble to scout thru. I would bet on this-Your insomnia didnt appear over night, it wont go away overnight either. Be gentle with yourself……and patient. Maybe you need more hugs. Maybe you need a different boyfriend. Whatever. Keep trying things that make you feel both good and also relaxed. It is a lifetime journey. We now have 40% of the US population classified as sleep deprived. Why are all of us so stressed. I have a private website where you could learn more, but this is not the place for it.

Good luck,
Marc

Jenny asks…

Does stress cause insomnia?

I’m only 15 and I’m so stressed out. I’m probably failing 2 classes. And not only am I so stressed out at school, when I come home I’m stressed out also. My mom is always blaming things on me and not my sister. And she says that my sister should follow me not me following my sister. When in fact my sister is old enough not to follow me. My mom doesn’t even know half the things that are going on in my life and everytime I try to talk to her about it she doesn’t understand. And now I think I have insomnia due to all this stress. I never fall asleep until around 3 am .

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress causes insomnia. See your doctor and get Mirtazapine or Valium, one in the evening.

Ruth asks…

Stress…….?

Hi,
I have a question can stress change the way you think? Like my mind sometimes goes blank. Is that caused by stress? And also i have sleep promblems. If all the above is true about stress hoe do i control it.
Thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yes, stress can change the way you think. There are cases of students who are so stressed at the exam hall that their minds go blank. Prolonged stress can lead to a lowering of the immune system and also makes you more susceptible to certain illnesses (eg. Colds, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, back pain, headaches, insomnia, tension in the shoulders and back, heart palpitations).

Take deep breaths, breath from your diaphragm. Take breaks from your job or studies, go to nature for a walk, pray, have a pet, say no to unnecessary tasks, minimise your work day, listen to music, eg. Classical music. Take Vitamin B complex pills and multivitamins. Avoid sugar, have a good diet, have close friends to confide in, do something relaxing.
Have a hobby. Think positive. Lower your stress level by organising your day.

You can drink a glass of warm milk before you sleep. If you find that all these do not help, find a psychiatrist or a doctor to help with your symptoms.

All the best.

Laura asks…

Is it possible for a Stress Insomnia?

The other night my younger sister was committed to a mental institution for being a threat to herself and others. She came at my best friend with a knife, started smoking (and is only 16) and did so next to my mom who has multiple health problems (like lupus and asthma) causing my mom to become more ill.

I have been so upset over it that I get depressed about it so bad that I can’t do my normal things. And in the past three days that she has been locked up I have had a total of 8 hours sleep.

Is it possible that all this stress is causing me to suffer from a form of insomnia?
I am allergic to lorazepam

Insomnia Stress answers:

Possibly, stress can manifest itself in many possible ways… Ranging from nausea to hair loss.

Chris asks…

Insomnia…?

So… it never really registered until right now… Is it possible that my insomnia (not stress related, or new, I’ve actually suffered from it for over 10 years now) could be affecting my ability to conceive?

I will, of course, research, but if anyone knows right off that would be great, thanks.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia should have no affect on your physical ability to conceive especially if it’s that chronic.

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Richard asks…

insomnia…?

I have a big problem…I can’t sleep!! I think that tonight i have to take a slleping piil (the first time in my life..)…
What do you think?
Thank you, bye!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Quasar,

I’m sorry that you’re having a tough time sleeping! I know how frustrating it can be to be tired all day long, and then get to your cozy bed–and not be able to fall asleep!

Have you tried listening to soft music, like sounds of the ocean? That can sometimes help.

Sometimes I’ll “trick” my body into falling asleep by creating “dreams” while I’m still awake. I’ll think about being in a hot air balloon, drifting up and away. I don’t put any pressure on myself to falli asleep, I just use imagery.

Other times, I try a hot cup of milk with honey.

An hour before bed I try to relax and calm my mind. It might sound a little selfish, but I make that “me” time. Even though I may not be stressed at the moment, I make this time special for me, and I’ll listen to music or read, or type Yahoo! Answers!

If all else fails, see if a doctor can prescribe something such as Ambien CR or Lunesta. I had to quit the Ambien because it made me sleep walk too much. Lunesta works wonders for me though. I have had terriffic luck.

Natural medicines such as Melatonin and Valarien did not work for me, but they do work for others.

Sometimes taking a hot shower or bath can be relaxing.

Try not to think about what stresses you out, if it is possible. Tell yourself that it’s not going to get solved or fixed tonight, and there’s no use thinking about it anymore (till tomorrow).

I would also suggest that you try other ways of combating your stress, if it is possible. Keep a journal, go for a walk, pick up a new hobby, or talk to someone. I have found these useful.

Good luck to you, and I hope it helps.

Oh, one more thing…if nothing works, I would consider seeing a doctor if you haven’t already…sometimes insomnia is a symptom of a more serious medical condition.

Know that I’ll be keeping you in prayer.
God Bless,
Chris

George asks…

What are the top 3 signs that you are under stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I believe the top signs out of this would be:

Sleeplessness/Insomnia

Inability to focus and concentrate

Irritability (with others and with self)

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Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. While a little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.

The first step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms of stress, but recognising stress symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don’t know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart begins to race, breathing quickens, muscles tighten and blood pressure rises. You are ready to act. It is how you protect yourself.

Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. And, not all stress is bad. In small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the car in front of you. That’s a good thing.

Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress, but we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.

What are the symptoms of stress?

Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviour, thinking ability and physical health. No part of the body is immune, but, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. It is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.

Emotional symptoms of stress include:

Becoming easily agitated, frustrated and moody
Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless and depressed
Avoiding others

Physical symptoms of stress include:

Low energy
Headaches
Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation and nausea
Aches, pains, and tense muscles
Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
Insomnia
Frequent colds and infections
Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear
Cold or sweaty hands and feet
Excess sweating
Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

Constant worrying
Racing thoughts
Forgetfulness and disorganisation
Inability to focus
Poor judgement
Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioural symptoms of stress include:

Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
Increased use of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes
Exhibiting more nervous behaviour, such as nail biting, fidgeting and pacing

Thomas asks…

Can hypothyroidism cause insomnia and palpitations?

I am 17 years old and have had hypothyroidism since I was 15 due to Radioactive Iodine for Graves Disease. For the past few weeks, I have had a really hard time sleeping and I get palpitations pretty frequently. Whenever I check my pulse it is normal though like in the 60′s and 70′s, so I know I am not on too much thyroid. I am currently taking 3/4 grain of nature-throid with 2.5 mcg of cytomel, because I am working out some issues with iron and stressed adrenal glands so my body has a hard time processing t4. Whenever I look up hypothyroidism, It never says insomnia or palpitations is a sign of low thyroid. Has anyone with hypothyroidism experienced this? I feel like I am going crazy!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

A lot of hypo and hyper symptoms overlap. Insomnia and palpitations can indeed be a symptom of hypothyroidism. They can also be a symptom of thyroid hormone intolerance. If either your iron or cortisol is too low, then, you may have difficulty tolerating thyroid hormone. You may need to temporarily drop back to a lower dose.

Carol asks…

Is this caused by stress?

I’ve been a bit of an insomniac my whole life, and now it’s getting worse. Not only am I sleeping less, but I can actually feel it (Yawning and feeling drowsy, which I never used to get). When I started my new school, I changed my personality from a sad scared little girl into a strong happy young woman (Even though I am still the little girl inside) Is the stress of keeping that personality up keeping me up?
P.S. I dont want to change back because I kow people wouldnt like my, I would loose all of my friends, believe me, everyone is happier when I act silly than when I act depressed.

Insomnia Stress answers:

The most common presenting symptoms of stress is insomnia. It may, however, surprise you to know exactly how common it is: an estimated one third of the population will suffer from insomnia at some stage in their lives. This is not to say that all these people will be suffering from stress – although I would point out that a recent survey indicated that a horrendous one in five people suffer from stress generated by their work or workplace – but the fact remains that insomnia is a massive problem, and that a high proportion of these incidences may be caused by stress inducing situations.
Read more at link…
Good Luck

Ken asks…

Is this stress symptoms?

I am 20 years old, weigh 104 pounds and im 5″7. I have been extremely stressed lately with family issues, and finance troubles, and i am very lonely. Two years ago i started taking citalopram 20mg for depression, and after just over a year i decided they weren’t working for me. When i stopped taking them it left me with awful insomnia and because i couldnt sleep and it left me having panic attacks, nausea, headaches from crying so much and vomiting after i woke up. In the end i went to the doctors and i was prescribed amitriptyline 10mg 2 weeks ago. I seem to be sleeping prolong rarther than in small sections, but even now i sleep around 3 hours a night and i am still vomiting regularly during the morning hours (and before someone mentions pregnancy iv not had intercourse for 8 months). It is effecting my social life and work (im about to become promoted after only being at my current job for 11 months – but this isnt causing me any stress, i love my job and its very laid back and the only thing keeping me occupied and sane).

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yes, those are stress signs

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Your Questions About Stress Insomnia Pregnancy

Carol asks…

Is this insomnia, and a part of pregnancy?

I’m 5 weeks along and having an issue sleeping for a long time. I can fall asleep no problem, but I wake up 5-6 hours later and can’t go back to sleep. I’m SO tired, all I want to do is sleep but I can’t :(

Is this considered insomnia? Can this be attributed to pregnancy? I can’t tell if it’s that, or just stress or something.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Usually pregnancy induced insomnia doesnt occur until late in pregnancy when your too big to move and getting up to use bathroom every 90 mins at night.
Just take naps during the day, i remember in my first trimester i slept sometimes allday, on and off.
And dont worry in a couple months u wont feel so tired anymore once u hit the second trimester.

Charles asks…

ADVICE!?! TEENAGE PREGNANCY?

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. Be respectful and mature ladies. Gosh

Insomnia Stress answers:

People make mistakes but some mistakes are obviously stupid. I am sorry I had to throw that in their, so long as you owned up to it that is cool.

My advice is to get a pregnancy test and decide upon what you want to do. If you want to keep the baby, abort it or take the pill! If you want to keep it tell your parents straight away, get the pain over and done with. You want to abort it them tell them or not, it is your privacy and body, so your call. Pill, just tell your guy.

That’s all there is, not very helpful as I have not been in this situation or know of anyone in this situation.

Helen asks…

Please help ASAP, insomnia at 18 weeks pregnant?

I can’t drink warm milk and I’m 18 wks pregnant and its almost 2 am here. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

Insomnia Stress answers:

Learn how to effectively deal with the problem of insomnia during a pregnancy and the steps you can take to fix it. Insomnia is very common during pregnancy as the body takes care of the baby and the mother’s mind is busy with stress and worry. With the proper steps you can cure insomnia during your pregnancy in no time.

Instructions
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:

* Candles
* Bubble bath
* Music
* Body pillow
* Silk sheets

Step1
Pregnancy is a huge change in your body, not only physically, but mentally as well. You may be losing sleep over the mental stress of a new baby on the way and the physical stress a pregnancy takes on your body. There are many reasons you may develop insomnia while you are pregnant. Luckily, there are many ways to deal with this problem. The first step is to think about why you have insomnia. Is it your mind keeping you up at night, whether with worry or excitement? Or, is the tolls of pregnancy causing aches and pains in your body, causing you to lose sleep? Once you have figured out your main problem, you can focus on the solution.
Step2
If you believe your problem is mental, then there are many steps that you can take to help your mind relax. Many pregnant women have found that meditating daily or taking a class, such as yoga, helps them relax and sleep well. A warm bath to relieve insomnia can also help a great deal. To make it more relaxing, pour some bubbles, light some candles and play some relaxing music. Many women find that writing down their thoughts in a journal, or writing out the next days to-do list, also helps to relieve worrisome thoughts, resulting in a better night’s sleep.
Step3
Physical discomfort can also take a toll on a pregnant woman’s body, making sleep difficult. If you are on your feet a lot, try to take more time for yourself. Sit down, put your feet up and relax. Elevating your feet can really make a difference in your body, and can help reduce sore muscles. You may find the use of a body pillow or silky sheets a great relief during sleep time. Talk to your doctor about other ways to avoid the discomforts of pregnancy that can cause insomnia, so that you can get the best rest possible.
Step4
There are many ways that you can get the best rest at night while you are pregnant and avoid insomnia. Make sure that it is not too bright in the room. The use of eye masks and heavy curtains can help block out unwanted light so that you can get the most sleep. Try ear plugs or white noise, such as a fan or air conditioner, if disturbing sounds happen to be a problem. If you believe your insomnia is too hard to handle, talk to your doctor to find out if there are alternative medicines that are safe to use during your pregnancy that can help you.

Jenny asks…

Causes of insomnia while pregnant?

It would make sense that many pregnant ladies loose out on sleep because they cannot get comfortable, or maybe they’re woken up frequently to go to the bathroom. The past week, I went from the occassional crappy night sleep (but still slept for at least a good 8 hours combined), to only a few hours if I’m lucky. I really don’t have a problem getting comfy. My heartburn finally subsided for a while, yet I just don’t sleep. I feel horribly exhausted and desperately crave sleep, but when I lay down it doesn’t come :( I was curious, are there any biological/chemical reasons for this in pregnancy?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress or just pregnancy.

Thomas asks…

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Usually, Insomnia is caused by stress or by disturbances in the normal sleeping/waking cycle.

Female gender, advancing age, marital separation, the loss of a spouse or partner, unemployment, and poor living conditions have all been associated with higher rates of Insomnia.

Known factors associated with Insomnia include:

n Changes in sleep timing: Shift work or jet lag.

N Medical conditions: Respiratory disease (particularly asthma), cardiovascular disease (such as congestive heart failure), endocrine disease, gastrointestinal disease (reflux), pregnancy, sleep apnea, or neurologic disease.

N Drugs: Stimulants (diet pills or amphetamines), selected antidepressants, corticosteroids, diuretics, seizure medicines, and some blood pressure medications.

N Psychiatric problems: Anxiety, mood, or thought disorders.

N Stressful situations: Major life events, employment concerns, or financial stress.

N Substance abuse: Stimulant abuse or withdrawal from alcohol or sedative-hypnotics.

N Lifestyle choices: Drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, drinking caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, or soft-drinks).

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