Your Questions About Insomnia

Helen asks…

What can I do about insomnia?

I had really intense insomnia about 2 years ago and it went away for a while, but now it seems to be lurking back into my life. Before, I would have roughly about 3 to 4 hours of broken sleep every night. It’s not that bad anymore, now I will have solid sleep but it takes me between 1 to 2 hours to fall asleep, even if I’m extremely tired. If for any reason I wake up in the middle of the night, it takes me another hour or two to fall back asleep. Does anyone have a home remedy for this?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is when a person cannot sleep properly, which results in daytime fatigue and poor performance caused by insufficient sleep. Insomnia can be Transient, where it lasts for few days, Short-term where it lasts for two or three weeks or Chronic where insomnia last for more than a month or longer. People with sleep disorder may experience one of the following:
Inability to sleep despite being tired
Waking in the night
Insufficient sleep
Waking up too early
Not feeling refreshed after sleep

Common Causes of Insomnia
Physical – Pain, arthritis, headaches, itching, restless leg syndrome
Physiological – Disruptions in the sleeping environment, including light, noise, jet lag, reading heavy books etc.
Psychological – Anxieties, depression, dementia, work related worries, relationship problems or death of closer ones

Home Remedies for Insomnia

Tips 1:

Eat at least 3 cups of curds daily.

Tips 2:

Mix 2 tsp of honey to 1 glass of warm water. Drink just before sleeping. Give half the amount to babies it will help put them to sleep.

Tips 3:

Drink warm milk with honey.

Tips 4:

1 tsp juice of celery leaves with stalks and 1 tsp of honey.

Tips 5:

Have raw onion salad.

Tips 6:

2 tsp of fenugreek leaves juice with 1 tsp of honey at bed times daily

Michael asks…

Can inositol cause insomnia?

I know inositol is supposed to be good for treating anxiety and insomnia but can a large dose (8 – 10 grams) actually cause insomnia. I have started having insomnia after having been on large doses of inositol for about 2 – 3 weeks.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia Relief with Inositol

Insomnia is an inability to sleep restfully that affects many people. It is often caused by stress, routine, diet, etc. To this date, there is little research identifying inositol as an effective treatment for insomnia. However, researchers speculate that inositol might help promote sleep based on the information confirming its role of regulating serotonin levels within the body. Inositol is a healthy and safe nutrient that can be increased in the body by simply eating whole foods rich in B vitamins and it might enhance healthy sleep patterns.

Side Effects of Inositol

Inositol has demonstrated very little in negative side effects. People with food allergies should be aware that some Inositol supplements have a dairy base. At this point, no long-term studies have been performed to suggest any side effects from chronic use of Inositol. The most recognized side effect of Inositol taken in high doses in diarrhea. Inositol has been shown to interact with some drugs. Patients should always discuss any supplements with their physician before taking them. Inositol is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. It is also not recommended for those suffering from liver or kidney disorders without the approval of a physician.

James asks…

Insomnia ruining my looks / suicidal?

I am dealing with insomnia everyday and whats causing it , is worrying about not getting sleep . How silly is that ?
Its been like this for four months already and my face looks bad its making me depressed .
I take sleep pills i try everything in the book and nothing . If i end up sleeping well ahain will i look like my old self again ? /:

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is a pain in the butt, I’ve been dealing with it myself for a long time. It’s so frustrating because people that don’t have insomnia don’t understand why you can’t sleep. Sleep is very important and I do believe that you’ll be more like your old self once you can sleep or when your body gets used to the new sleeping pattern, which it will do, your body will just learn to operate on the bare minimum sleep.

It’s good that you’ve managed to determine the cause of your insomnia because now you can target it. I suppose you’ve looked online for a bunch of solutions to insomnia but here are a few that I’ve been using, just in case you haven’t – stay out of your bedroom untill sleep, they say don’t stare at computer or tv screens for about 45 minutes before you go to bed (if you’re a nerd like me who lives on their laptop then you can just try switching the brightness of the screen down little by little), try keeping you mind active with a braingame, for example, name a fruit for each letter of the alphabet, do some math problems, try wearing socks to bed.

If anxiety is your problem then type – ‘sleep anxiety’ into youtube and there are many videos which can help you to overcome that anxiety.

John asks…

Could I Possibly Have Insomnia?

I would wake up at either two or three in the morning, and at around three or four, I’m all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to start the day… It would take me several hours to go back to sleep… Could I possibly have Insomnia? If so, should I go see my doctor?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Usually insomnia is having trouble getting to sleep you might have something else definitely should seek a medical opinion.
Insomnia is a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It includes wide range of sleep disorders, from lack of quantity of sleep to lack of quality of sleep. Insomnia is often separated into three types. Transient insomnia occurs when symptoms last from a few days to a few weeks. Acute or short-term insomnia is when symptoms last for several weeks. Chronic insomnia is characterized by insomnia that lasts for months and years.

Sandy asks…

Insomnia????? Please explain.?

Well im not exactly sure what insomnia is.
But please tell me what it is.

When i lay down it takes like three hours to fall asleep. I wish i could just imeditly sleep. I just sit up. Doing nothing.

could i have it?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia: Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time

I had your problem when I was younger, I have insomnia now. Your problem could be a multitude of things, the most obvious being you dont tire yourself out enough during the day. Start running/biking or something for an hour or more sometime during the day. Also, make sure you dont have any caffeine after 4pm and dont eat past 8.

To give you an idea of insomnia, I’m usually up for 48 hours or so before I take a 2 hour nap, and then its kind of a 10 hours a wake, 1.5 hours asleep thing for a while until I either take sleeping pills or crash. I know some people have it worse.

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Your Questions About Healthy Chicken Recipes

Charles asks…

Healthy/Easy Recipes?

Does anyone have some simple HEALTHY recipes for a begginer cook?

Insomnia Stress answers:

This recipe is easy, healthy, flavorful, and hearty, especially on a cold day.

White Bean Chicken Chili

1 lb cooked boneless, skinless chicken, shredded (get a rotisserie chicken at the store)
2 cans (15 oz. Each) Great northern beans
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles
5 cup Chicken Broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbls chopped fresh cilantro
2 cup water

Spray fry pan with cooking spray. Saute onion and garlic until tender. Add cumin, red pepper flakes and salt.

In large pot put onion/spice mixture, chicken broth, chicken, beans, and green chilies. Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until flavors are well blended. Add water if needed.

(courtesy of weight watchers)

Maria asks…

Healthy chicken strips?

So I was wondering if there is a home made healthy chicken strip recipe

Insomnia Stress answers:

Healthy Baked Chicken Strips Recipe:


One package boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
¾ cups toasted bread crumbs
¼ cup whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons of garlic salt
1 Tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
4 egg whites
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Pour the dry ingredients mixture onto a plate.
Put the egg whites in a bowl.
Spray the chicken and a baking sheet with the cooking spray
Dip each chicken strip into the egg whites.
Then coat with the dry ingredients making sure that each piece is fully covered.
Put the coated chicken strips onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Turn off the oven and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes.

What an easy honey mustard sauce to go with them? Just mix yellow mustard and honey to taste!


Mark asks…

Healthy recipe help?

dOES ANYBODY HAVE SOME GOOD AND easy RECIPES…I would really like some on pasta, and chicken….

Insomnia Stress answers:

Healthy Chicken Salad (Easy to do!)

This combination of simple ingredients results in a sophisticated warm pasta salad.

Makes 6 servings

30 minutes to prepare


12 ounces whole-wheat bow-tie pasta
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 small red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
1 9-ounce package frozen artichokes, thawed


1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until cooled. Set aside.
2. Toast pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until golden and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok over high heat. Add chicken pieces and sauté until no longer pink inside, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
4. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the wok. Add peppers, shallots and garlic, and sauté until the peppers are tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Add to the reserved chicken.
5. Add broth, vinegar and rosemary to the pan and bring to a boil. Add artichokes and the reserved pasta and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Return the reserved chicken mixture to the pan and toss with the pasta. Taste and adjust seasoning and sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve warm.

Donald asks…

Healthy recipes for couples?

My boyfriend and I are trying to better ourselves and attempt to have a healthier life style. We’ve already started exercising and such but I was looking for some food ideas that would be simple and cheap for me to cook for us. We’re on a low budget so something REALLY cheap but good tasting would be perfect. And it would have to be something my boyfriend would eat. He’s you’re typical man. Loves the meats and junk food lol. And if you have any other tips that would be great too. Thanks =)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Healthy Cooking for a Romantic Dinners for Two
Bistro Roast Chicken.Serve the roasted heads of garlic on the side. Squeeze out the pulp and use it as a spread on baguette slices or as a condiment for the chicken.


2 chicken leg quarters (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 whole garlic heads


Preheat oven to 375°.
Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Loosen skin from thigh and leg by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Combine basil and next 5 ingredients (basil through pepper). Rub herb mixture under loosened skin. Place chicken on a broiler pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone.
Remove white papery skin from garlic heads (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap each head separately in foil; place on broiler pan with chicken. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove chicken from oven). Bake 30 minutes or until thermometer registers 180°. Cover chicken loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Discard skin.


Linguine Carbonara.The luxurious, velvety texture of a good pasta carbonara is ephemeral at best, so you must enjoy it right away. Tempering the egg with hot pasta water keeps the sauce creamy by preventing it from curdling. For a smoky taste, use bacon in place of pancetta.


4 ounces uncooked linguine
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk
3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
1/3 cup chopped pancetta (about 1 1/2 ounces)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large egg


1. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
2. Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl; set milk mixture aside.
3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add milk mixture and pasta to pan; toss gently to coat.
4. Place egg in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 1/4 cup reserved hot cooking liquid, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add egg mixture to pan, stirring constantly; cook 4 minutes or until sauce is thick and creamy.


Seafood Risotto.Risotto must be served immediately so you can best savor its rich creaminess. With this version containing seafood, there’s just enough for two healthful portions. Complete the meal with a salad, bread, and crisp white wine.

2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
2 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
4 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 ounces bay scallops
2 tablespoons whipping cream
Chopped fresh parsley (optional)


1. Bring broth and clam juice to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots to pan; cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add rice and saffron to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add lemon juice to pan; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/2 cup hot broth mixture; cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 18 minutes total).
3. Stir in tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Stir in shrimp and scallops; cook for 4 minutes or until shrimp and scallops are done, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cream. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Chris asks…

Healthy recipes?

I need some good recipes, some that are not only good for me but yummy to eat as well! We are trying to eat better around if anyone call help I’d be much obliged. Even if you found a good website to go to I’d appreciate that as well. Any help at all actually at this point would be good for me. Thanks a bunch!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

There’s a few places you can go. You can check out, go to tv, and then check out the following shows: Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger (she’s a nutritionist, and cooks up very healthy meals).
Calorie Comando (In this show, he takes family favorites, and traditional foods that are very high in fat and calories, but prepares it in a low fat version that tastes just as good).
If you’re into the low/no carb thing (blah)..then you can check out a show called “Low Carb and Lovin It”. All the recipes are rated with stars, and categorized by easy, intermediate, etc. And list the nutrition facts for you, so you aren’t guessing.

Another website to check out is, and if you go to Rachael Rays official website, ( has a TON of healthy meals. My favorite is the black bean chili.

Here’s a recipe from Calorie Commando. If you use multi-garin spaghetti, it’ll up your fiber per serving:

***Spicy Orange Chicken LoMein***

If you are serving other foods or eating it as an appetizer, this dish serves 8 people. If you are eating this as a main dish, this dish serves 4 people.

If you are serving other foods or eating it as an appetizer, this dish serves 8 people. If you are eating this as a main dish, this dish serves 4 people.

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced
1 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, plus 1/4 cup, thawed
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon grated ginger
8 ounces lo mein noodles
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup prepared oyster sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 pound snowpeas, cleaned
4 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch green onions, sliced

In a bowl or baking dish, toss chicken with 1 cup orange juice concentrate, cornstarch, chili garlic sauce, and ginger. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain and hold in a bowl of cold water.

Remove chicken from refrigerator and drain into a colander; discard marinade.

In a large skillet, combine chicken stock, remaining 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, and oyster sauce. Cook sauce over medium-high heat until liquids reduce and sauce is thick, about 5 to 10 minutes.

While sauce is reducing, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add red pepper, peas, mushrooms, and green onions. Saute until tender yet still crisp. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat a non-stick wok or large skillet over high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and heat. Carefully drop 1/3 of the chicken into the wok and stir-fry so that all sides of the chicken get crispy. When the first 1/3 is fully cooked through, remove from pan and repeat with the remaining 2 portions.

Add all of the cooked chicken and sauteed vegetables to the skillet with the sauce and toss to combine.

Drain noodles and then add to pan with sauce. Stir to coat noodles with sauce. Transfer to a large serving platter.

Nutritional Analysis per 8 Appetizer Servings:
Calories: 273
Total Fat: 6 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 37 grams
Fiber: 2 grams

Nutritional Analysis per 4 Main Course Servings:
Calories: 546
Total Fat: 11 grams
Saturated Fat: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 74 grams
Fiber: 4 grams

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Your Questions About Fatigued To Fantastic

Daniel asks…

is there a herbal remedy.for chronic fatigue.i have systemic lupus.and i have try various things in the past?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I would use Chinese Medicine – acupuncture and herbs. It takes a while so it’s an investment but I’ve seen it have fantastic results for chronic fatigue.
Get a good rebounder and use every day – Needak ones are very good. The website tells you all about benefits.
Also make sure diet is really good and you are taking the right supplements – see Patrick Holford website/books for further info.
Also psychotherapy/counselling alongside this can be very helpful. I highly recommend Transactional Analysis.
Also Reiki/Energy Medicine can have a very beneficial effect. Highly recommend Seka Nikolic at the Hale Clinic in London. Her book details her amazing results with chronic fatigue.
These are the treatments my friend has had and in three months she was considerably better – now she perfect health, lots of energy and looks great.
Hope this helps : )

Lisa asks…

Recurring stomach pain, fatigue, nausea?

I used to get random stabbing pains in my stomach or lower down but it went away for a few months. This morning I was in the kitchen when this sharp, stabbing pain came, and I ended up doubled over and crying with pain and it hurt to straighten up. I started feeling nauseous so I rang my mum at work and she told me to stay home from school. Since then I’ve gotten steadily more tired but the nausea faded and the pain was gone completely, but half an hour ago the nausea came back suddenly and I feel completely exhausted. I haven’t been sleeping well anyway but I feel so tired and sick, and I’m actually scared that the pain might come back because it hurt so much. It hurts sometimes before I go to the toilet to have a ‘number two’ but I never thought anything of it until today because the pain is so extreme. Mum said she might take me to the doctors when she gets home from work but I don’t want to go because normally when I do go it ends up being nothing and I feel like an idiot. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? Should I be concerned or is it simply a stomach bug?
If it helps, I’m a fifteen year old female, I do have my period but I’m not due for another few weeks and it’s a different kind of pain.
Please, any help or advice would be fantastic. Are these symptoms for anything? Should I be worried?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi, Sophie. I think you need to go to the doctors because of the statement you made about experiencing pain before you go for ” number two”. I would otherwise have felt it is something to do with your ovulation as you say you are dew in “another few weeks” because the sort of pains in addition to feeling nauseousness, is more indicative of the action of oestrogen This makes me think either you have an ovarian cyst or you have had an ovulation with a spill into the peritoneum, thereby irritating it. I think, the sort of pains you have & the worry of not knowing what it could be, is enough to cause you great concerns depriving you of sleep. Your worries are understood. It may perhaps be advisable to go to A&E instead, the reason being that, there are specialist around who could deal with the situation fairly quickly than at the doctors in view of the pains you are experiencing. It is also advisable not to take anymore pain killers if you are to go to A&E. Why, because it will mask the symptoms.

Nancy asks…

does any one have CFIDS and if you do how are you treating it?

Ididn’t realize I put this under skin conditions must be the brain fog. wondering if you take meds for help thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

CFIDS = chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome. So why are you asking about this under skin conditions? LOL
yes, i have it, and yes, i do goofy things like this too.
You can only treat symptoms, generally, since there is no known cure. The PRIME treatment is to sleep and rest. Your goal, according to dr. Jacob teitlebaum, is to get a minimum of 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.
I highly recommend his book “From Fatigued to Fantastic”… It has a very holistic approach to treatment.

Another important approach is referred to as ART, aggressive rest therapy. Lie down and rest before you need energy. If you know you must be active on tuesday, rest well on monday. If you know you must fix dinner at 5 PM, rest before then. Consider it a deposit into the rest account that you can draw upon later when you need it.

Resting in small increments is extremely helpful.

Check out the newsgroup It helped me IMMENSELY.

William asks…

its postive now what?

i had alot of hpt that were all postive so i went to the d.r.`s where they said i was 5 weeks the only reason i took a hpt test was because i had that feeling i was pregnant! i missed my period but other than that no symptoms! this is my first pregnancy?!?!? Should i be worried!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Consider yourself lucky that you don’t have any symptoms yet. I didn’t know I was pregnant with my first until almost 3 months into it (no symptoms), then BAM! Morning sickness, bloating, fatigue, etc. A fantastic book that helped me A LOT through my first baby was the classic “What to Expect When Expecting”. It answers questions you have and more! Good luck!

Richard asks…

Help with energy crisis!!?

I have already asked this before(with 0 answers)but I’m going to ask again,what can I do about my energy crisis?! I have had some test done(like thyroid)among others(not sure what they were)but everything came back normal.I’m taking prescription painkillers(weak narcotics)for back pain and I’m taking more than prescribed to get some energy too.I know that’s bad and I feel bad about that but what can I do?I don’t know what to do.Is there something I can take for energy,that’s good for me?I have tried the energy drinks and the caffeine pills but those do not work.I know I have a problem with the pain meds so please do not lecture me,I know I need help for that.I have been without energy way before I started taking pain meds so I don’t think its from withdrawals.I have 3 kids to take care of!!What can I do??Thanks!
Ok,some of you asked for more details so I will try to keep this short.I do not exercise much because I usually do not have the energy to do so.I am not overweight,Im at the suggested weight for my height.I sleep ok,sometimes.I have recently had my blood taken,that level was normal.I drink sodas,tea,coffee and water.I do not smoke,I drink occasionally,not often.I eat ok I guess,probably could eat a lttle better.I have taken multi-vitamins before but I didnt notice a difference.I am not breatfeeding.I thank everybody for all the help.Keep them coming!!
Btw,I am 32 yrs.old.Thanks Zoe and everybody else!
And Zoe,I do not have those symptons.My sister thinks she has the CFS,but I dont think shes been diagnosed.Does that syndrome run in families?Thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi, no lecture ok !!
Been here, got the t-shirt. I don’t know how old you are ..may be hormonal, do you have very weak muscles/weight loss/nausea/sun tan but havent been in the sun ?..or chronic fatigue syndrome/M.E.. This condition really hard to diagnose and the med guys tend to eliminate everything else it could be first. A couple of the most excellent books are ‘ living well with autoimmune disease’ by mary shomon and ‘from fatigued to fantastic’ by jacob teitelbaum….or ‘beat fatigue workbook’ by leon chatow. These give excelent nutritional programmes, along with life style changes and vitamin/mineral supplements…..I don’t need to tell you to come off the painkillers, but this is your body saying it NEEDS REST NOW !! If you ignore it, it will probably get worse. With 3 kids, tough one to carry out, but maybe partner/parents/parents in law/friends can help ?. If you are still not right, go back and demand more tests….thyroid problems are very complex and you may need to see an endocrinologist.
It’s hard, but please don’t feel guilty…being a mum is tough enough when you are 100% well
Zoe x :o )

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Your Questions About Stress Symptoms

Charles asks…

Symptoms of depression and stress?

I really need to know a lot of symptoms for being depressed and or stressed.
I am 13 years old.

Insomnia Stress answers:

People who are depressed or manic may not experience all of the following symptoms. Some will have many symptoms, others will have just a few. The severity of the symptoms may also be different for every person and even vary over time. If you are experiencing some of these symptoms or if you have questions about whether you may be depressed or manic, you should consult with your physician or a qualified mental health professional.

He good news is that very effective treatments are available to help those who are depressed. However, only about one-third of those who are depressed actually receive treatment. This is unfortunate since upwards of 80-90% of those who do seek treatment can feel better within just a few weeks.


* Sadness, anxiety, or “empty” feelings
* Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
* Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
* Insomnia, oversleeping, or waking much earlier than usual
* Loss of weight or appetite, or overeating and weight gain
* Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
* Feelings of helplessness, guilt, and worthlessness
* Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
* Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering
* Restlessness, irritability or excessive crying
* Chronic aches and pains or physical problems that do not respond to treatment

Symptoms of Mania

* Abnormal or excessive elation
* Unusual irritability
* Decreased need for sleep
* Grandiose notions
* Increased talking
* Racing thoughts
* Increased sexual desire
* Markedly increased energy
* Poor judgment
* Inappropriate social behavior

Robert asks…

Can stress cause pregnancy symptoms?

My breasts have been tender the past few days, and after researching and finding out that this is an early symptom of pregnancy, I have been stressing out nonstop. Suddenly, it feels like I have all the symptoms-I feel bloated, I seem to be peeing a little more, I feel a little more fatigued, etc. I keep telling myself the chances are so low of being pregnant from what I’ve done (explained below), but at the same time I can’t ignore the signs. I am absolutely freaking out here. I can’t be pregnant. I try to take my mind off of it, but I can’t sleep at night because I’m so scared that I’m really pregnant. I go back and forth from thinking it’s not possible to being positive that I’m pregnant.

My last period was 2 weeks ago. Since then, me and my boyfriend have messed around a few times…I’m a virgin and we haven’t had sex, but I’m not on any form of birth control. How high are the chances of getting pregnant from messing around? I’m going to blunt on exactly what we’ve done here so I can get a good answer: he has came on my stomach, and I think we’ve also rubbed our bodies together (not after he ejaculated, before-even though I know pre-*** can cause pregnancy). I’m just wondering what the odds of this causing pregnancy are.

Is stressing so much about this causing me to over-exaggerate symptoms, or do you think this is the real deal? I tested negative on a pregnancy test last night, but isn’t it to early for pregnancy to be detected? Don’t I have to wait until I miss my next period?

I really need some honest answers…I cannot stop freaking myself out about this. Thanks for answers.

Insomnia Stress answers:

The stress and worry of thinking you may be pregnant can sometimes cause you to exaggerate your symptoms. I had a pregnancy scare once (before this pregnancy obviously) because I had loads of symptoms but as soon as I took a test and it was negative I felt better. Pregnancy tests are most effective taken from the first day of your expected period but some can be taken earlier.

Carol asks…

Can stress cause these symptoms?

I’ve started experiencing some health problems this year. I was wondering if they could all be stress related. I will list them in the order they appeared.
Right side of back-feels as though someone is touching me
Left arm- feels as if I am getting my blood pressure checked
Eyes have trouble focusing in sometimes
Numb pressure on Nose
Left eye is twitching…you can see it.
Right side facial numbness
Right side facial muscle weakness
Diagnosed with a very mild case of bells palsy from the previous two symptoms
Very numb tounge
Body feels bruised all over
Muscles in arm and legs are very tight

I work and go to school, I do have stress in my life. Could all of these symptoms be related to stress? The first symptoms started early this year and the last six happen this past month.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress can cause a lot of things, but you’re talking about dizziness, facial numbness, muscle problems, and trouble focusing, just to name a few. That’s not normal, especially since the last six symptoms appeared in a month. Don’t stick your head in the sand hoping this is just stress. Get yourself to a doctor and get checked out.

Maria asks…

Extreme stress symptoms?

I’m recently 21 years old and engaged. I live with my fiance’s parents. We recently moved to IL, found jobs and we were planing on moving into our own place at the end of the month. I’m making minimum wage and he was making over 10$ an hour until he lost his job through no fault of his own and is taking legal action against the company he worked for. So now I feel a lot of stress upon me having the only income and he is stressed from losing his job and we don’t know where we will be living by the end of this month.

I have been feeling so much stress lately I burst into tears but wipe my eyes and try to shake it off because I’m either working or in public. Last night my fiance and I stayed out late and I wanted to be home by a more reasonable hour and we got into an argument. As he was yelling at me I suddenly threw up a little. I didn’t feel sick and it startled me a little. I read this could be a symptom of stress? Is it a serious symptom?

Also I have a heart condition known as sinus tachycardia. Which one of the triggers is stress. I also went three days without eating anything but a slice of pizza and a sandwich. Which is not good for my heart condition I know…

Does anyone have any advise? I’ll just say right now I probably wont see a health professional. I can’t afford the bill and I have no health insurance and unfortunately I have stacks of other medical bills to take care of some day when I can.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Let go of excess stress in muscles, stretch and relax muscles often
breathe deep and slow, this relaxes you a lot

take life one day at a time
a doc would likely prescribe a prozac type med, these help sometimes and you may be able to get them free under some local schems
when seeing a doc never be too proud to say you are broke

Thomas asks…

Symptom of Dog stress?

My dog Charley is 2yrs old, last tuesday we added a puppy to the family. He hasn’t been taking it well and recently gave me the biggest scare ever! He cried all night long, vomited and wouldn’t eat! I immediately took him to our vet the next day & she said he’s fine, it’s stress! He will no longer eat his usual dog food but will eat a treat and boiled chicken breast… Now for the last two days he’s been having diarrhea, vomit yellow stuff once and still not eating much. Is this really stress?? He started playing w/ the puppy a little the day before and a little more yesterday.. However, these symptoms are still going on?? Ive been giving him pedialyte to help. My vet did blood test when I took him and said everything was normal! No fever (still), no coughing or runny nose?!

Please ease my mind!! Thanks xoxo

Insomnia Stress answers:

Ive heard that dogs run through some fear periods in their life. In 3-6 months, in 12-14 months and around 2 years. In these periods, they are so unsure about everything and their stress level is high. So you’ve added a new puppy to the family in a wrong period of time. So I think your vet is right He’s stressed and is afraid that you’ll neglect him for your new puppy. So I guess you must treat your dog the same way as before buying the new one. Even better if you can pay more attention to him now. Make him feel like you’ll always love him. Take both of your dogs for a walk regularly. This way he’ll be fine.

When you bring a new puppy home, many dogs act differently. My pitbull mix (8 yrs old) almost tried to kill my GSD/Malinois mix puppy on the day I bought him home. He tried to relieve his stress through aggression. It took nearly 2 weeks for him to accept the puppy as a new family member and now they play with each other happily. Some other dogs will show their stress by crying. So i guess you shouldn’t be worried about this too much if the vet says he’s fine. Just show him a lot of affection and that will do.

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Your Questions About Sleepless In Seattle

Donna asks…

Sleepless in Seattle?

What was the name of the movie they talk about, the one about the man and women who meet at the top of the empire state building??

Insomnia Stress answers:

“An Affair To Remember”

Laura asks…

Sleepless in Seattle..?

If that’s me then which character are you?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Breakfast At Tiffany’s darling!

Charles asks…

sleepless in seattle?

so i booked my ticket for home to the girl that i “love” we’ve been together for 3 years now and have plans to be together in the future. i am quite the young age but definitly mature in my ways. i have the high paying job and at the same time going to college. i have already registered and already made plans to be with her .. as in marry her; but everytime we talk its like shes forcing herself to talk to me.. we’ve been in a long distance relationship for 6 months … and barely spoke… now we’re in “love” WTF DO I DO?

Insomnia Stress answers:

If you have a hard time talking, perhaps she is interested in someone else, she dosent want to get married yet.,,……………..Long distance relationships work well if you give it time, and communicate a lot.. Honestly of course.

Chris asks…

Old movie mentioned in Sleepless in Seattle?

What movie involves a woman who is crippled and falling in love with a man who doesn’t know it? It’s an old black and white film and they talk about it in the movie Sleepless in Seattle?

Insomnia Stress answers:

An Affair to Remember.

(but it’s in color, I thought)

Thomas asks…

Have you ever been Sleepless in Seattle or any other city?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Never in Seattle but I’ve been sleepless in Maryville, Knoxville, Birmingham, Paris, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and probably a few more…

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Your Questions About Insomnia Movie

Michael asks…

What are some movies like The Number 23 with Jim Carrey??

i like that movie and would like to know some others that are like it thanks a ton =]

Insomnia Stress answers:

The movie Insomnia with Al Pacino kinda reminds me of that because he starts to lose it toward the end of the movie. And further related is In the Mouth of Madness. Which is a horror movie about a guy who goes crazy kinda haha. Its one of my favorites any way.

Ruth asks…

Whats your favorite movie?

Whats your favorite movie? i’m home sick for a few days and need some good movies to watch. i like romances and comedies so any movies like that would be great. thanks so much!x

Insomnia Stress answers:

Shawshank Redemption
50 first dates
CAst away
fight club
Full Monty
Beautiful mind
Mozhi (Tamil movie)
Taare Zameen Par(Hindi movie)
Happy Days(Telugu movie)
Mounam Paysiyathey(Tamil)
Katha parayum Pol (Malayalam movie)

Betty asks…

Don’t understand the movie “Insomnia”.?

This movie was 4-5 years old with Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. It was on TV the other day. I understand all about the gun thing. But I just can’t tell whether the detective died or just fell to sleep at the very end of the movie.

Insomnia Stress answers:

He died. I’ve seen the movie several times since I bought a copy of it. Funny…I never questioned the end of the movie.

P.S.–I think that people (namely the responder above me) should give credit to their source when they copy and paste. Don’t you agree? I always do.

Charles asks…

Good psychological movies. . . . ?

I have not watched much movies. . . .but out of the which i have watched i liked THE PRESTIGE and THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. . .both of them are masterpiece. . . .please list down other movies like them. . .

Insomnia Stress answers:

Mystic River
Taking Lives
The Manchurian Candidate
Funny Games
Primal Fear
Vanilla Sky
The Talented Mr Ripley
88 Minutes
Single White Female
Kiss The Girls
A History Of Violence

these are all psyhological thrillers and are really good ,.

Paul asks…

Nightmares and insomnia?

I know that nightmares can cause insomnia, but I started having insomnia before I had nightmares. When I do sleep, I have nightmares (And I almost never had nightmares until now). I haven’t experienced anything traumatic and I’m not stressed, I’m actually at a really good point in my life. I’m a really healthy person, and I recently lowered my calorie intake per day by about 100 calories. I take vitamins twice a day, I ride a bike for 14 miles a day, I’m happy, and healthy. My nightmares are about silly things, like last night it was partly about this horror movie I saw ages ago, Grave Encounters, because I saw a trailer of it a few hours before I went to sleep. I used to been able to watch all of the Paranormal Activity movies right before I went to bed and still sleep soundly. So what’s going on with me? This has been happening for the past week or so.
Ugh, I don’t watch ‘horrible things’ before I go to bed. I was just making a point. You haven’t helped at all. But the second answer, thanks for the link!

Insomnia Stress answers:

This site helped me with some of my insomnia symptoms. I hope it helps you. Good luck.



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Your Questions About Healthy Breakfast

Susan asks…

Whats a healthy breakfast?

Every morning I have 2 slices of whole wheat break w organic strawberry jelly 2 teaspoons each 50 calories and a glass of milk. I thought that was healthy but now in starting to wonder if it is or not

Insomnia Stress answers:

The healthiest breakfast you can ever have is oatmeal.
It’s not very tasty though but you can add some fruits or berries in it if you want to.

If I were you, I’d try to switch strawberry jelly with peanut butter or cottage cheese.
Jelly are pretty much empty calories.
But other than that it’s fairly healthy ;3

Best of luck :D

Maria asks…

POLL: Healthy Breakfast?

What do you consider a healthy breakfast?

What kind of foods?

What drink [besides coffee] can wake you up early in the morning?

Insomnia Stress answers:

You should always try to have some type of whole grain, fruit, protein, and maybe milk or yogurt. The protein is important though because it keeps you full unitl lunch time (so you wont get the mid-morning munchies). Here are some of my favorite healthy breakfast combos:

-cup Kashi go-lean crunch cereal (high in protein) with fat free milk, a banana, glass of OJ

-2 slices whole grain toast with peanut butter, apple, glass of milk

-2 eggs (i like them scrambled), slice whole grain toast, piece of fresh fruit

-Healthy breakfast parfait – alternate layers of low fat vanilla yogurt and granola, top with fresh berries

Those are just a few healthy breakfasts, but you can get creative! As for the drinks to wake you up, a glass of ice cold water always does it for me.

Best of luck

Carol asks…

Healthy hearty breakfast ideas please?

Im not on a diet, or maybe I am, I just don’t want to admit it cause diets never work lol. I love salads and fruits I could seriously eat them all day BUT as far as breakfast, I just hate eating fruits and light stuff like that. For breakfast I love eggs, potatoes, meats and cheese! I just cant do the fruit and oatmeal’s and jams and blah blah blah. I need ideas for healthy hearty breakfasts, if there are any out there : (
Everything being named on the answers you are giving me sound good. its not that i don’t like smoothies or granola bars, its just that i don’t like them for breakfast.

Insomnia Stress answers:

If you like eggs, have scrambled rather than fried and serve with maybe some pepper or other vegetable atop wholemeal toast with a low-fat spread.
Honestly i’m sure you’d like some of the granolas out there, there are honestly some yummy ones and some really nice healthy cereal bars. You could also try fruit smoothies – just whizz up some berrys (blackberries are lush in smoothies) with some semi-skimmed milk or frozen yoghurt (low-fat version of ice cream – ben and jerry’s frozen yoghurt is amazing in smoothies!) and it’s delicious and filling!
If you’re going to have that kind of full english breakfast, and if you do I suggest you limit it to once a week, grill rather than fry! Honestly so simple and makes everything healthier and a lot lower fat! Also there are many lower fat meats and cheeses out there, just browse your local supermarket and you’ll be sure to find lots of things.
You could also try a wholegrain muffin – delicious with scrambled egg or any other filling.
Or ready break, a lot nicer than porridge but still really healthy and fortified with vitamins, minerals and iron so very healthy! Don’t get the chocolate or golden syrup version though! Just get the normal version, make with semi-skimmed/skimmed milk and drizzle with honey! Yum!
There are loads of things you could try, just be creative and don’t think ‘I don’t like that.’ because you may be surprised that you do actually like some of the fruit/oatmeal kind of things. X

Sandy asks…

Healthy breakfast or lunch ideas?

Please help me with some healthy ideas! Thanks a bunchies!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Healthy breakfast ideas:
If possible, try going for natural organic foods

~ Oatmeal
Topping ideas: berries/fruit, grated apple, cinnamon, nut butter, raw nuts, seeds, chia seeds, flax, dried fruit, honey, agave nectar, milk, goat’s milk or non-dairy milk or greek yogurt or organic unsweetened fruit sauce, etc.
* Non-dairy milk like – almond, soy, rice or coconut milk

~ Healthy cereal (such as Nature’s Path Organic, Barbara’s, Kashi – high in fiber) with milk or non-dairy milk or greek yogurt. You can top with fresh berries/fruit.

~ Muesli with yogurt and fresh fruit salad
* Yogurt, greek yogurt, goat’s yogurt

~ Whole grain toast with nut butter & organic jam or slices of banana.
* Bread ideas: ezekiel, multigrain, spelt, rye, flax, spelt raisin bread, etc.

~ Spelt raisin bread with almond butter & strawberry slices or banana slices

~ Cottage cheese with eggs (hard boiled, scrambled, poached, etc.) – you could add whole grain toast and fruit salad

~ Omelet with veggies and a little cheese (such as goat cheese). Paired with whole grain toast or fresh fruit with yogurt

~ Ezekiel wrap or whole grain tortilla spread lightly with organic light cream cheese or goat cheese, filled with scrambled eggs & baby spinach with fresh fruit

~ Toasted whole grain english muffin or ezekiel english muffin spread with organic light cream cheese or goat cheese, with a poached or hard boiled egg, baby spinach, sliced tomato + fresh fruit

~ Whole grain bagel with organic light cream cheese and fresh fruit salad

~ Whole grain bagel with nut butter and a hard boiled egg, piece of fruit

~ Smoothie. Blending things like: non-dairy milk, organic fruit juice, coconut water, yogurt, berries/fruit, flax, soaked chia seeds, raw cocoa powder, ginger, cinnamon, etc.

~ Green smoothie

~ Quinoa porridge (you could add things like berries, banana slices, grated apple with cinnamon, chopped pear, sliced raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, agave, honey, maple syrup, almond milk, greek yogurt, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried apricots, dates, seeds, figs, almond butter, etc…)

~ Buckwheat porridge or cream of buckwheat

~ Toasted whole grain flax waffle with nut butter or with greek yogurt & berries

~ Buckwheat waffles

Lunch ideas:

~ Sandwich.
(On bread like multigrain, ezekiel, rye, whole wheat pita, whole grain tortilla, ezekiel wrap, spelt, etc.)
Filling ideas:
* Hummus & veggie – hummus, baby spinach, bell pepper, shredded carrot, sliced tomato, cucumber…you could also add some avocado
* Grilled tempeh – tempeh, hummus or veganaise, baby spinach, tomato
* Tofu – tofu, hummus, baby spinach, tomato
* Veggie burger – Amy’s texas style veggie burger for example, hummus, tomato, baby spinach
* Bean wrap – with some salsa & grated cheese if you’d like; or a quesadilla
* Cheese & tomato – slice of cheese, organic light cream cheese, tomato, baby spinach
* Nut butter & jam – for example made with almond butter or organic peanut butter; or just plain nut butter
* Boiled eggs with avocado on rye bread
* Grilled veggies with hummus or vegan basil pesto, goat cheese
* Roasted sweet potato and vegetable wrap with hummus (on an ezekiel wrap)

~ Salad: mixed baby greens, baby romaine, romaine lettuce, baby spinach, steamed kale, etc. With things like cherry tomatoes/tomato, cucumber, goat cheese or goat feta crumbles, nuts (such as walnut crumbles, almond slithers, pecans), seeds, shredded raw beets, grated carrot, bell pepper, dried cranberries, veggies, healthy salad dressing or olive oil/vinegar, etc.
* For more protein:
- Chickpeas or any beans
- Tofu or tempeh
- Sliced hard boiled eggs

~ Lentil vegetable soup

~ Brown rice with beans and veggies

~ Quinoa or buckwheat with roasted sweet potato and veggies

~ Brown rice pasta with basil pesto, a little olive oil or tomato sauce with veggies, goat cheese, tofu cubes, beans, etc
- Or a pasta salad with things like goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, veggies, beans, etc.

~ Pizza made on whole wheat pita, spelt crust or thin multigrain crust with tomato sauce, veggies, goat cheese or goat feta crumbles, shredded organic cheese
- With salad and/or vegetables

~ Vegetable & tofu stir fry made with olive oil (extra virgin first cold pressed) with brown/wild rice or buckwheat noodles

I hope this helps :)


Mary asks…

Whats your favorite healthy breakfasts?

heyy…i need some healthy new breakfast ideas and i was wondoring what your fav recipes or food was?

Insomnia Stress answers:

My current favourite healthy breakfast is oatmeal.

The basic recipe I use is 1/2 cup of traditional rolled oats, 1 cup of skim milk & 1 cup of water, all soaked over-night in the fridge (soaking makes the oats expand more & gives the cooked oatmeal a creamier texture). And then the mixture is cooked in the microwave for about 15mins on high.

Then I add extra additional fibre and protein by either
a) Adding a small slice banana before cooking & adding a Tb of natural crunchy peanut butter and 1 Tb of natural bran after cooking
b) After cooking the basic mixture, adding a Tb of natural crunchy peanut butter, 1 Tb of natural bran & 1/2 cup of blue berries

It’s yummy, keeps me feeling full for hours afterwards (especally if i also drink some water with the meal) & stops me from craving sweet foods throughout the morning,

Occasionally, for some variety, I’ll eat a slice of wholegrain toast with reduced sodium baked beans or some grilled tomato with a poached egg

And a healthy way of eating oats cold, is to soak some over-night in the fridge with skim milk, low fat natural yoghurt, sliced fruit & chopped nuts.

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Your Questions About Fatigue Symptoms

Donald asks…

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME – symptoms?

This is just a bit of long shot, really. My dad thinks I might be suffering from mild CFS.
Any CFS sufferers or anyone that knows about it? Could you give me a rough idea of the mild symptoms?

The reason he thinks I have CFS:
- Feeling exhausted all day, even with sufficient sleep and even if no exercise or strenuous activity has been done.
- Body aches and pains, in the pack and knees, and frequent uncomfortable headaches that aren’t cured by paracetamol or ibuprofen (mild painkillers).
- Tire quickly with little exercise
- Trouble standing still on my feet for more than 5 minutes – pain, and fatigue.
- Trouble walking for more than 20 minutes – causes pain, discomfort and fatigue.
- Quick to forget things and trouble remembering things and focusing.
- Already diagnosed with GAD (General anxiety disorder) and previously Depression.
- Constantly feeling physically and mentally exhausted/tired
- Unable to complete a task due to constant exhaustion
- Blurring in eyes and dry eyes constantly
- Constant dizziness when moving or turning head
- Regular nausea and sometimes vomiting for no explained reason.
- Falling asleep in the afternoon
I have been suffering with these symptoms for over a year, and as a result left college due to being too exhausted.

I am a 17 year old female (to be 18 in November). I have a fairly normal diet for a teenager of my age. I walk my dog three times a day, which is increasingly become more difficult and the walks have become shorter and shorter due to the complete lack of energy.

I don’t know why this is happening. I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday do discuss this, but I was wandering if anyone can relate to this at all? Even if you’re not a CFS sufferer. Thanks :-)

Insomnia Stress answers:

The hallmark symptom of CFS (or ME in the UK and elsewhere) is post-exertional malaise (PEM). That means when you exercise or do anything that requires mental effort, you will feel MUCH worse the next day. (Sometimes, it takes two days to set in.) PEM is the symptom that separates CFS from depression, which gets better with exercise. If you don’t have PEM, ask your doctor to check your thyroid hormones (TSH, Free T3 and T4). Even if those tests are normal, you may still have low thyroid. Heart conditions and hypoglycemia will also produce exhaustion. Make sure your doctor does a full workup. Be sure to go to the websites of the CFIDS Association of America, the ME/CFS Knowledge Center and CFS Treatment Guide for more information about CFS.

John asks…

panic attack!!! is fatigue one of the symptoms??

I have a really bad panic disorder. I feel very fatigue and sleepy all the time. I feel like i have no energy to walk because i’m too tired. Is that one of the symptoms of panic attack?? what are your symptoms??? thanks in advance..

Insomnia Stress answers:

That sounds more like depression then panic disorder. Panic attacks to some people feels like you’re literally dying. You feel panicky, heart races, you heat up, you feel really uncomfortable, some say they can’t breathe. I have panic attacks about twice a month… I’ve learned to control them so they don’t last long. For some people panic attacks can last hours, while I have learned to control to where they last abut 20 minutes. Panic attacks are a state of panic, that come on when you least expect it to. What you described sounds more like depression then panic disorder. Talk to your doctor about these symptoms.

Mary asks…

What are 5 signs and symptoms of muscle fatigue?

Insomnia Stress answers:

This may be a homework question but the question is not at all clear. ‘Muscle fatigue’ is a symptom itself. You would need to define what you mean by muscle fatigue. Muscle injury may result in aches and pains as well as being easily fatigued thereby limiting activity and this may be associated with weakness. Muscle injury may be confirmed by measuring creatine kinase which is an enzyme in myocytes (muscle cells). An elevated level would be thought of as a ‘sign’ as a sign in matters medical implies an objective finding as opposed to a subjective symptom. Muscle weakness upon examination would be a sign but this is not easily appreciated by physical examination. Atrophy of muscles is a more easily demonstrated sign but this may or may not be associated with muscle fatigue. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

Donna asks…

medicine or just symptoms?

Hi. I am on mexotraxate every Sunday, as well as Cell Cept for a condition in my leg. Anyway, I get symptoms every day. I am always fatigued, weak, tired, bad nausea, and get nosebleeds. I always feel sick. My blood work has been perfect, so is it just symptoms or is there more to it? Thanks.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue seems to be only one of your problems.

To combat fatigue perhaps the energy vitamin B12 can help or a vitamin B complex. Coenzyme Q10 can also help to boost your energy level as in The super food Spirulina is another good energy booster.

One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety which is a state of fear of real or imagined danger, which is manifested as increased heart rate, trembling, panic, weakness, extreme fatigue and stomach or intestinal discomfort.

Besides anxiety there are many other common fatigue causes such as insufficient sleep, too much sleep, under eating, thyroid problems or other illnesses (such as anemia, mononucleosis, CFS, glandular fever and many others), side effects from medication, dehydration, overexertion, an unhealthy diet and other causes as discussed in

Laura asks…

is tired and fatigue a symptom of asperger syndrome and dyspraxia. i am 58?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue is symptom of a lot of things, but not Asperger’s.

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Your Questions About Stress Headache

Lizzie asks…

Can stress cause headaches?

I am still living at home and my mom literally drives me nuts. I get so stressed out by things she says to me. I am moving out in the summer, but i get headaches when her and i fight. Could it be from stress?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Anxiety and stress can cause over 100 health problems as in

Stress is a very common cause of headaches.

Mark asks…

Do I have stress headaches?

Well I got glasses 3 weeks ago and keep getting headaches. I thought it was a brain tumor but I know I think it might be stress headaches. I get really paranoid about everything (and I mean everything). And because I keep getting headaches I keep getting paranoid. So could that cause headaches from keep thinking about it? And how do I relax? Thanks.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi I live with headaches. Stress can cause headaches and being paranoid can make it worse.
Drink loads n loads of water. Dehydrated body gets headaches
Take b vitamin supplement
And try to stay positive. Don’t let this headache rule ur life.

Sharon asks…

i think stress headaches?

Ok im 18 and the last 7 months ive been getting headaches sometimes feels like migraines dailey sometimes more then once my head and eyes throb neck and shoulders hurt but this morning i came from my friends house at home and my mom started tellin me her and my dads arguement all of a sudden i get this headache so its mainly when im at home.. mom thinks sleepin with dad gross i know… house foreclosing on them… lil sister moved out shes 15.. just alot of drama. how can i get rid of these headaches? what works best excedrin dont work.. i have 800 mg motroins and sometimes i take2-3 dont help.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sounds like stress headaches, not good could even be high high blood pressure, could be blood vessel in your head, you should get checked out. I had thoses same headahes and I had to make some hard decisions in my life, and guess what never had that headache(s) again. Don’t wait seek Medical Advice.

Ruth asks…

help im 14 and have stress headaches?

im 14 male ive been getting these stress headaches sens i was 5. I don’t have access to pain killers because there to expensive any tips on how to get rid of them. and is it normal to get these headaches? the location of most of the pain is in the back lower back head/neck

Insomnia Stress answers:

They have tension headache medicine. That’s safe for you. Try Excedrin. And relax your mind and body. Take better care of what you eat. Clean your system out of poisons we endure everyday. Ask your mom if detox tea is right for a 14 year old. I hate it when kids suffer it so. God bless little one. One more thing. Stress B complex with C is good and its a vitamin.

Laura asks…

Is this stress headache ?

I used eat slot of salt,chips, soysauce, chinese takeout, bacon, fried foods.I’m fat 18 5’9 250 lbs. I don’t exercise much, not alot of sleep no more than 6hrs. This headache is my temples and sides and it alternates randomly to the back aswell what could this be from? i constantly worry about what it is The excessive sodium although I got my pressure checked and it was 123-72 the nurse said it was stress related. Also I randomly get a left chest pain I guess by my heart or in that area, I’ve started drinking more water, stopped eating crappy foods, and do subway have alot of sodium…….

Insomnia Stress answers:

Probably stress. Take an aspirin and lie down. You could also put an icepack or cold cloth over your face if it helps.

It could also be due to any number of other things, like dehydration. So you should also drink some water, just in case dehydration is the cause.

Feel better soon :)

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Your Questions About Sleep Paralysis

Richard asks…

Sleep Paralysis scary laughter?

Okay, so I have had a history of sleep paralysis and it hasnt been that bad in the past, I knew I was in it, so I did what ever to wake me up. And it wasnt scary.

About 10 minutes ago I just woke up from one, I have not had one for a year. (I was on exchange to Japan for a whole year). The thing was, I didnt SEE anything (because thats what normally happens) but I HEARD something and what it was was this….creepy old man going MWAHAHAHAHAHA! now it sounds stupid and funny BUT IT WAS SO SCARY AND STILL RINGING IN MY EAR!!! In 2 days i havnt slept that much which could be a cause. And I can always feel myself falling into sleep paralysis so I know its a dream, and I am awake, kind of.

Anyways I am afraid to go to sleep ,just please, somone tell me its normal and give me some sort of scientifical reason. I’m religious, Yes. But I want science for this.
No, i didnt sleep much becaue i was having sleep overs with friends.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleep paralysis occurs when a person suddenly finds him or herself unable to move for a few minutes , most often upon falling asleep or waking up. Sleep paralysis is due to an ill timed disconnection between the brain and the body.
The symptoms of sleep paralysis includes sensations of of noise , smells, levitation and paralysis terror and images of frightening intruders . Once considered rareit now believe about half of all people experience at least one episode of sleep paralysis at one time through there life .
Sleep paralysis (SP) strikes as a person is moving into or out of REM sleep (the deepest part of sleep) . During REM sleep the body is largely disconnected from the brain leaving the body paralysed. SP is the result of premature , or persistant, mind body disconnection as one is about to enter into or exit from REM sleep.
SP occurs mostly after jet lag or periods of sleepnessnessthat interupt the normal REM patterns. It effects all ages but teenagers are paricularily susceptable. SP can be familial and in some cases genetic.
An attack of SP is usually harmless and self limited , uusually tends to be over in a minute or two as the brain and body re connectand and the person is able to move again, However the memory of this terrifying sensations felt during SP can long endure.y

Susan asks…

Sleep paralysis troubling me?

Every night i wake up and i can’t move for a while. I know that it’s normal and that it’s sleep paralysis, but i happens every night. I would wake up and i can’t move, can’t even open my eyes. I’m kinda used to it now, but still. Kinda bugging me. Is there something wrong?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleep paralysis has been linked to narcolepsy, migraines, anxiety disorders and obstructive sleep apnea.

You appear to have recurrent isolated sleep paralysis (RISP) which is less common than isloated sleep paralysis (ISP). RISP is chronic, people can sometimes suffer back to back episodes in the same night, episodes can last much longer in duration, up to an hour, whereas ISP episodes usually last no longer than one minute (but have lasted up to half an hour).

Approximately 6.2% of the population have sleep paralysis, only 3% have nightly episodes. The safest treatment is for people to adopt healthier sleep habits, regulr sleep schedule, not sleeping on your back, etc, but some cases are genetic. The most common drugs are tricyclic antidepressants and SSRIs but they are not effective for everyone. There is no drug to completely stop sleep paralysis at this time.

Mark asks…

sleep paralysis: help please?

I am pretty sure I have something called sleep paralysis. I awke in the night and am unable to move or speak. I wasnt so worried when I heard it wasnt dangerous but I have a headache following it and I do have a history of anxiety. Please help is the headache normal?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleep paralysis is actually somewhat common, especially in children and people with seizures.

Do you have nightmares often? Do you have a history of sleepwalking? During these sleep paralysis episodes, have you ever hallucinated, seeing things from your dreams/nightmares in your room, around your bed? If so, you are almost certainly experiencing night terrors. I advise you to talk to your doctor or a therapist/psychiatrist who specializes in sleep disorders.

If none of the above applies to you, and you only have paralysis, then here is a quote from WebMD:

“Have you ever felt like you were awake but unable to move? You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis may leave you feeling frightened, especially if you also see or hear things that aren’t really there. Sleep paralysis may happen only once, or you may have it frequently — even several times a night.”

If this sounds like you, then here is the link to the page, which has a lot of good information.


Check it out, and talk to your doctor.

I wish you the best of luck~

Steven asks…

sleep paralysis HELP PLEASE!!!?

I have this sleep paralysis problem, normally I’m just laying in my bed and I can’t move sometimes I can’t breathe and I wake up gasping, but I moved to this new house and this is the first time it has happened hear but it was different. I saw a someone this time, twice.

The first time it happened I was laying in bed couldn’t move, the usual thing. But I saw a little girl next to my bed with her hand on my arm. She was wear a yellow dress with blue flowers on it. I panicked but was able to wake up.

Then I accidentally fell asleep again but this time I had a normal dream but the girl was in it again, first I saw her standing pretty far away from me but we were in a big grass field and tbh I know it sounds cheesy but it looked like a graveyard. Then she disappeared then I started looking around and I saw her dead on the ground for some reason.

I don’t understand lol, its really freaking me out what do I do?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnogogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormtal form).
Sleep paralysis may also be referred to as isolated sleep paralysis, familial sleep paralysis, hynogogic or hypnopompic paralysis, predormital or postdormital paralysis.

In severe cases, where episodes take place at least once a week for 6 months, medication may be used on doctor’s advise.
You may be able to minimize the episodes by following good sleep hygiene:
getting enough sleep
reduce stress
exercise regularly (but not too close to bedtime)
keep a regular sleep schedule .

This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always consult your health care professional for complete information/treatment..

Lisa asks…

sleep paralysis?

I get sleep paralysis about 2-3 times a week. In case you don’t know it is when your mind wakes up before your body, and you feel completely paralyzed. I try to talk or scream to wake my boyfriend so he can shake me awake, but no noise will come out. If I happen to take a nap during the day, it seems like I get it about everytime. I’ve had it so often now, that when I lay down to fall asleep, I can feel my legs starting to get tingly and know I’m about to have it so I wake myself up and have to get up and walk around for a while. Some people say they see scary things happening while they have it, but that has yet to happen to me. Does anyone else get this quite often? It is so scary…and just wondered if their is anything I can do to help it?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleep Paralysis is normal during REM sleep, but can be experienced as one is falling asleep or when the brain wakes up while body paralysis persists. It can be accompanied by hallucinations. Sleep Paralysis is most often associated with Narcolepsy, but can be experienced without it. Sleep Paralysis may be minimized using good sleep hygiene. Medication is recommended for Sleep Paralysis if it occurs at least once a week for six months. Clonazepam is an effective treatment for sleep paralysis. SSRIs may also decrease the incidence of sleep paralysis.

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