Your Questions About Fatigue Syndrome

Michael asks…

What is it like to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Despite the name, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis and post viral fatigue syndrome – is so much more than being tired. It is a severe complex neuroimmune disease.

The 2003 Canadian Clinical Case Definition is summarized as follows and symptoms from all of the categories are required for a clinical diagnosis of CFS.

1.        POST-EXERTIONAL EXHAUSTION: There is a loss of physical and mental stamina, rapid muscular and cognitive fatigability, post-exertional fatigue, malaise and/or pain, and a tendency for other symptoms to worsen.  A pathologically slow recovery period (it takes more than 24 hours to recover).  Symptoms exacerbated by stress of any kind.  Patient must have a marked degree of new onset, unexplained, persistent, or recurrent physical and mental fatigue that substantially reduces activity level. 

2.      SLEEP DISORDER: Unrefreshing sleep or poor sleep quality; rhythm disturbance.

3.      PAIN:  Arthralgia and/or myalgia without clinical evidence of inflammatory responses of joint swelling or redness.  Pain can be experienced in the muscles, joints, or neck and is sometimes migratory in nature.  Often, there are significant headaches of new type, pattern, or severity.  Neuropathic pain is also a common symptom

4.        NEUROLOGICAL/COGNITIVE MANIFESTATIONS:  Two or more of the following difficulties should be present: Confusion, impairment of concentration and short-term memory consolidation, difficulty with information processing, categorizing, and word retrieval, intermittent dyslexia, perceptual/sensory disturbances, disorientation, and ataxia.  There may be overload phenomena: Informational, cognitive, and sensory overload — e.g., photophobia and hypersensitivity to noise — and/or emotional overload which may lead to relapses and/or anxiety.

5.        AT LEAST ONE SYMPTOM OUT OF TWO OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

A. AUTONOMIC MANIFESTATIONS: Orthostatic Intolerance: E.g., neurally mediated hypotension (NMH), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), delayed postural hypotension, vertigo, light-headedness, extreme pallor, intestinal or bladder disturbances with or without irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or bladder dysfunction, palpitations with or without cardiac arrhythmia, vasomotor instability, and respiratory irregularities. 

B. NEUROENDOCRINE MANIFESTATIONS: Loss of thermostatic stability, heat/cold intolerance, anorexia or abnormal appetite, marked weight change, hypoglycemia, loss of adaptability and tolerance for stress, worsening of symptoms with stress and slow recovery, and emotional lability.

C. IMMUNE MANIFESTATIONS: Tender lymph nodes, sore throat, flu-like symptoms, general malaise, development of new allergies or changes in status of old ones, and hypersensitivity to medications and/or chemicals.

6.  The illness persists for at least 6 months.  It usually has an acute onset, but onset also may be gradual.  Preliminary diagnosis may be possible earlier.  The disturbances generally form symptom clusters that are often unique to a particular patient.  The manifestations may fluctuate and change over time.  Symptoms exacerbate with exertion or stress.

A more detailed definition – the International Consensus Criteria – was published in 2011.

Donald asks…

Experiences with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

I’m 17 and I was diagnosed with it a few months ago, I’ve had some tests done for my adrenal gland so I’m waiting for results. I’ve looked it up but there was just too much info and it sort of looks like we don’t fully understand it.

Anyone had experience with it? How long did it last? How did you ‘cure’ it? How bad was it? I’m at the point where I’m finding it difficult sleeping and sleep doesn’t help me as in I feel just as exhausted going to sleep as I do waking up. I lost all motivation and concentration just before being diagnosed. I did lose appetite for a couple weeks before that but I’m okay now. I’m in the summer holidays now so I’m trying to rest, I’m not going out or anything just resting but it’s driving me nuts. I’m leaving for Aussie on the 7th and its 3 weeks so I’m worried about dealing with the CFS but this is a chance of a lifetime for me so I’m not willing to give it up although people are calling me stupid for going.

Just want any info about CFS whether or not you’ve had it, you’ve known someone who had/has it or you just know about it.

Thanks.
I only drink water so can’t be that, sorry.

Insomnia Stress answers:

I have replied another question you asked about pretty much the same topic. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a term invented in 1988 mostly because they think it’s a virus behind it and they wanted to avoid the term postviral fatigue syndrome to include other cases without the virus. CFS is chronic hyperventilation. Unless you correct the underlying cause, which is the overbreathing you will never get better and most likely you ‘ll have it lifetime. Choose what you want. With simple breathing exercises you can feel better in a matter of days and get your life back in only 1-3 months if you stick to them.

Basically CFS is low anaerobic threshold due to depletion of bicarbonate buffer. Resting bicarbonate says nothing and that’s why doctors usually fail to recognise chronic hyperventilation. Best indicators are the Hyperventilation Provocation Test and Nijmegen Questionaire. Measure your own breathing. How many breaths you take every minute and how long can you COMFORTABLY hold your breath? If you have CFS it’s usually less than 30s. You should increase it to more than 40. Try either Buteyko or the Papworth Method.

You ‘d better read the book Behavioral and Psychological Approaches to Breathing Disorders. It explains anything you currently experience. Read the document “Is chronic fatigue syndrome synonymous with effort syndrome?” Message me if you want more info. Good luck xx

Maria asks…

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)? And is its cause known?

Insomnia Stress answers:

What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)?
Chronic fatigue syndrome, sometimes called CFS, is a condition that makes you feel so tired that you can’t do all of your normal, daily activities. There are other symptoms too, but being very tired for at least 6 months is the main one.

Many people improve in a year or two and do not have a relapse. Some people continue to have severe fatigue and other symptoms for many years.

The disease is not well understood. Most experts now believe that it is a separate illness with its own set of symptoms. But some doctors do not believe this.

There are no tests for CFS. Because of this, many people have trouble accepting their disease or getting their friends and family to do so. Having people who believe your diagnosis and support you is very important. Having a doctor you can trust is critical.

Your tiredness is real. It’s not “in your head.” It is your body’s reaction to a combination of emotional and physical factors.

What causes CFS?
Doctors don’t know what causes CFS. Sometimes it begins after an illness like the flu, but there is no proof of any connection. It’s likely that a number of factors or triggers come together to cause CFS.

Daniel asks…

Chronic fatigues syndrom?

I’m tired ALL the time. physically exhausted. doesn’t matter how much I sleep or how little I sleep. ALWAYS tired.
I’ve been to the doctor and been tested for thyroid disorders.
Doctor asked if I was depressed. I’m not, in fact very happy except for the constantly tired thing. The only thing I found is on Web MD.
Chronic fatigue Syndrome caffeine withdraws, and some other junk. The one that sounded pretty close was the CFS. Didn’t give me to much help though. how do I know for sure if Its Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and not something else escaping my doctor?
and if it is, how do I get rid of it so I can be a normal person again?
Theres got to be something out there that has worked for someone with CFS.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is called a syndrome because nobody knows why it happens or what causes it, which makes it hard to diagnose. Basically the way you diagnose a syndrome of any kind is by ruling out all other diagnosable possibilities, which leaves you with the “invisible” syndromes that have no physical markers but are very real. There is no blood marker for CFS, nothing that will come up on an MRI, no test for it of any kind, which means you have to “pass” all of the other tests your doctor gives you.

When you got your blood test, did they JUST test your thyroid or did they take a complete blood count (CBC w/ differential) also? They most likely also took a CBC, which measures your platelets, red and white blood cell counts, etc. One of the other things a CBC measures is iron, which is why I ask. Is it possible that you are iron-deficient? Iron-deficiency anemia makes people tire very easily because the red blood cells are less able to transport oxygen when they are depleted of iron.

I’m assuming that you have a follow-up appointment scheduled with your doctor. If you don’t, make one. Doctors will sometimes brush off patients who have vague, unimpressive symptoms like “I’m tired all the time” because they don’t signify anything particularly serious, so the doctor assumes you just aren’t getting enough sleep and will be fine. Tell them that you’ve been doing some reading and you feel like your symptoms match those of CFS, and ask them what they think of that. Press them to make a diagnosis, or to run more tests until they do.

Don’t let them toss you aside because your fatigue isn’t a red flag to them – living with daily fatigue is a nightmare, I spent 2 months sleeping 10+ hours a day and still barely able to make it through the day because I had a stomach ulcer and the blood loss was causing low-grade anemia. Even then, because I wasn’t vomiting blood I wasn’t a “priority” and had to wait six weeks to be seen by a gastroenterologist. You have to advocate for yourself!

As far as treatment for CFS, most doctors will tell you there’s not much they can do for you. I know a man who struggled with CFS for years, then finally decided to give acupuncture a try. He has been free of fatigue for the past four years and feels great. Most doctors won’t recommend acupuncture because it isn’t part of what they learn in their western-style medical school, but acupuncture works for a lot of people. Even if your doctor hasn’t diagnosed you with CFS, I would still suggest you find an acupuncturist in your area and make an appointment. It can’t hurt any, and it might give you a lot of relief.

Good luck!

Linda asks…

Chronic fatigue syndrome?

How is CFS diagnosed? Are there any specific exams/ analysis?
I don’t believe that I have CFS but I do have this constant fatigue that doesn’t seem to get away. I think the doctor will just say it’s plain tiredness due to too much work…

Insomnia Stress answers:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established certain criteria for diagnosing CFS:

1. Fatigue that is persistent, relapsing or debilitating; does not improve with bed rest; and reduces or impairs average daily activity level by more than 50 percent for a period of at least 6 months. Patient has no previous history of fatigue.

2. The patient has 4 or more of the following symptoms, which must have persisted or recurred during 6 or more consecutive months and not predated the fatigue:

# Short-term memory or concentration problems
# Sore throat
# Multi-joint pain without joint swelling or redness
# Muscle pain
# Headaches of a new type, pattern or severity
# Non-refreshing sleep
# Post-exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours

In addition, a number of minor symptoms may also appear:

# Poor sleep
# Achiness
# Brain fog
# Increased thirst
# Bowel disorders
# Recurrent infections
# Exhausting after minimal exertion

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Your Questions About Stress Test

Laura asks…

STRESS TEST CONCERNS?

for a few years now, i have been having chest pains from time to time. they mostly come outta nowhere and last a few minutes. i get them when i work out as well. i went to see a cardiologist who had me do a regular stress test. everything came back normal except that i had two minor leaky valves ( he compared it to a drip in a lake…very minor and nothing to be worried about ) just to get a second opinion, i went to another doctor who told me that everything looked excellent and usually wen he sees valves leaking as minor as mine are, he dosent even find it necessary to tell his patient because there is nothing to worry about and it is very common. i have had multiple ekg tests which also came back normal as well ( i get panic and anxiety attacks so ive been to the hospital a multitude of times and because of the effects a panic/anxiety attack has on you, ive had to get the ekgs just to be sure it wasnt something else ) the doctor told me that i really have nothing to worry about but to clear my mind, he will perform a nuclear stress test on me. im just wondering now if its even necessary because all the ekg tests and the reg stress test came back fine. if a nuclear test can show more, why dont doctors just do that instead? whats the point of even having a reg. stress test if a nuclear test can show you more? does the machine they use to take the pics involve radiation? i tried to address my concerns to the receptionist when she was scheduling this exam with me, but shes a receptionist who apparently hates her job and the patients who come to see her employer because she was very short with me and didnt provide much info so im hoping someone on here can help me address my concerns before this exam in 2 weeks

Insomnia Stress answers:

A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It’s performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.

A nuclear stress test usually involves taking two sets of images of your heart — one set during an exercise stress test while you’re exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike, or with medication that stresses your heart, and another set while you’re at rest. A nuclear stress test is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity and at rest.

You may be given a nuclear stress test if your doctor suspects you have coronary artery disease or another heart problem, or if an exercise stress test alone wasn’t enough to pinpoint the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A nuclear stress test may also be recommended in order to guide your treatment if you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart condition.

Betty asks…

Question about nuclear stress test?

My doctor has ordered a nuclear stress test due to a new anterior t wave inversion as well as an abnormal ett. I started a beta blocker as well today to help control my heart rate. I was wondering how long this test takes as well as if it hurts and what exactly i will be doing during it. What can this test show? Does anybody have any idea of what the cause could be? Thank you!

Insomnia Stress answers:

“A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It’s performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.

A nuclear stress test usually involves taking two sets of images of your heart — one set during an exercise stress test while you’re exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike, or with medication that stresses your heart, and another set while you’re at rest. A nuclear stress test is used to gather information about how well your heart works during physical activity and at rest.

You may be given a nuclear stress test if your doctor suspects you have coronary artery disease or another heart problem, or if an exercise stress test alone wasn’t enough to pinpoint the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A nuclear stress test may also be recommended in order to guide your treatment if you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart condition.”

I had a stress test done last summer. I was born with a heart defect and I now play competitive sports. So, my cardiologist wanted to make sure my heart handled physical activity well.

The test does not hurt one bit. Basically you will run on a tredmill while you are connected to an EKG machine to record your hearts rhythm during the exercise. The tredmill starts off really slow and increases in speed every two minutes until you meet your max heart rate and/or can’t run anymore due to symptoms. The doctors will be looking for any signs of Coronary Artery Disease and/or any distress while exercise such as dizzyness, faint, irregular heartbeats, ect. The overall test will probably take 30 minutes to an hour. Make sure to bring comfortable clothes and running shoes! As to the cause, I am not sure. Just be optomistic and hopefully everything will run smoothly. (:

I hope all goes well!

David asks…

nuclear stress tests?

I am waiting on the results of a stress test. before the exercise portion my bp was 140/96, and during the exercise my bp was 155/100 they said I should get the results in 2-3 days but I was wondering if this is normal. I am also scheduled to have an ultrasound of my carotid artery
I should also note that my heat rate is normally 100-114 sometimes higher
I go back to the heart doctor in two weeks
it was a nuclear stress, an echo I had a month ago showed an enlarged heart (I passed out two months ago) high blood pressure runs in my family, and my grandma had a stroke and congestive heart failure

Insomnia Stress answers:

I also had a stress test yesterday, and my bp increased while i was exercising…Maybe your before bp was high if you were a little anxious. Do you know what your bp was after excercising- they took mine a few minutes after i had been sitting down – it came down a little- Try not to worry, because worrying will increase your bp, heart rate and it will drive you crazy………I will pray for you and hope your health will be improved – why did they do the stress test in the first place – was it a regular stress test or a nuclear stress test (injection)

Mary asks…

stress test?

Insomnia Stress answers:

There are a couple of different types of stress tests. I/. Exercise bike = doctor present taking blood pressure and a technican/scientist running an ECG at the same time. You get to stop if you get frightened; but try to go to the level they want you to go to.
2/. Ecoh Cardio Stress test = exercise bike again, doctor present again, this time the technician does an echo sounding testing on your heart as you go along – think of it like a scan while you are walking. Piece of cake, no pain, nothing to stress over.
3/. Some call the tilt test a stress test. Put you on a board and tip you back for up to 50 minutes. Only side effect is with this one They recommend you bring a change of clothing – you can decide why.

Good luck

Sharon asks…

chemical induced stress test?

Has anyone had the test? If so, what does it entail? Do they inject something to make your heart race?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Yeah the cardiac stress test requires 2 things:

1) your ability to do treadmill running/ jogging (exercise)
2) read EKG (a heart beat measurement strip)

If you can’t exercise, we either do the:
a) dobutamine echo (where the dobutamine is a caffeine-like sympathetic n.s. Activating stressor)
b) or the persentine/ dipyridamole thallium (or also sestamibi) (thallium is a nuclear dye injected scan that’s very safe)

-the chemical stressors being of the course the
#1- dobutamine (is a direct-acting agent whose primary activity results from stimulation of the ?1-adrenoceptors of the heart, increasing its contractility and cardiac output)
or #2- the persentine/dipyridamole (or even adenosine)- these increases blood flow to the heart and thus “mimics” an exercise test.

If we can’t read the EKG (cas’ its not available, or if you wear a pacemaker, are taking digoxin, have mitral valve prolapse, or have suspicuos rhythms like LBBB) , then we can do the 1) stress (that being execise/ treadmill now) thal or 2) exercise/ stress echo.

Echo is a echocardiography…like what they use to see the baby in the mom’s belly….but now they are looking at your heart and its motility (checking for a decrease in motility [heart muscle/ left ventricle movement/ contractions] meaning ischemia/ angina, etc)

The thal (thallium) is a nuclear dye injected (in small amount) to go into your bloodstream and as the blood goes to the heart, the thallium looks like potassium and is pickup by the cardiac myocyte…so you are looking for areas of less filling…(so its all fillings/ feelings ;o))

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Your Questions About Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sharon asks…

Vacation spots not far from Illinois? Preferably CHEAP-ish!?

I’m looking for a fun, cheap-ish vacation spot for a family of 4. I would like it to be a far drive from Illinois, so for example Indiana, but not Missouri, we go to Branson every year. All children are above the age of 16,so a vacation spot were a 16 year old would enjoy.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleeping Bear in Michigan
Indiana Sand Dunes Lake Shore , IN
Voyaguers NP
Wisconisn Dells

Maria asks…

Where is an affordable fun place to vacation to in the Midwest?

My friend from Spain is coming to visit my in Chicago for a month and I am looking for somewhere to travel to for about a week. We are both 20 years old, so we can’t really experience any bar scenes or crazy nightlife, but I want to find somewhere I can drive us to that a college student can afford. Originally I was thinking about Cedar Point, but she has vertigo and can’t go on roller coasters. I’m looking for one place to go that has several relatively cheap or free things to do. I don’t mind camping or hiking or any safari like adventure. Please help! I want her to have a good time

Insomnia Stress answers:

Wisconsin Dells.

Michigan Dunes (Warren, Sleeping Bear).

Lake Barkley in Kentucky.

Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota.

Sandy asks…

Places to road trip in the midwest?

My friend and I want to take a road trip later this summer but don’t yet have a destination in mind. I’m from St. Louis, and she’s from Chicago so I’m picking her up and then we’re heading off…but we have nowhere in mind so far. Any suggestions for places to go or things to see? Thank you!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Go up the east side of Lake Michigan to the Sleeping Bear Dunes near Traverse City, Michigan. It is one of the best drives anywhere.

Donna asks…

Where’s a good place to go to just get away?

I’m fed up with everything and I just want to get away from it all for now. Where’s a good vacation spot? I’ll be up for anything, as long as it’s in the U.S. I like snowy areas where you can snowboard or ski, or maybe a beach.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Great wolf lodge, MI
Sleeping bear dunes, MI
Bittersweet Ski Resort, MI
Siesta Key, FLA
Palm Springs, CA
Venice Beach, CA
Anywhere in Toronto, Canada
That’s all I know.

Robert asks…

I’ve never been to any dunes before, where and which one should I go to?

My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the dunes this weekend. I’ve never been before and have always wanted to go. Aside from swimming and hanging around on the beach, I heard about mud slides and and clay pits…but what else is there to do for little to no money? What should we bring, what should we do, and where should we go?

Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.
My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the dunes this weekend. I’ve never been before and have always wanted to go. Aside from swimming and hanging around on the beach, I heard about mud slides and and clay pits…but what else is there to do for little to no money? What should we bring, what should we do, and where should we go?

Any and all advise is greatly appreciated.

P.S. I live in Chicago, IL

Insomnia Stress answers:

It might help if you said where you are from / what dunes you are going to. There’s the Great Sand Dunes National Monument & Preserve in Colorado, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, etc, etc…

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Your Questions About Insomnia Symptoms

Donna asks…

What are the Symptoms of insomnia?

I can sleep at night and if I fall asleep before midnight m body wakes me up at 4 in the morning.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Here’s some tips to help you with your Insomnia.

* Get a massage

* Talk to a Doctor about medications

* Take a warm bath

* Drink herbal tea or warm milk

* Listen to music or audio books

* Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes

* Sleep on a hard, firm bed

* Sleep on your back in a well ventilated room

* Avoid napping during the day

* Exercise

* If you can’t sleep get up

* Don’t sleep in

* Keep normal bedtime hours

* Avoid illuminated clocks

* Eat a bedtime snack

* Keep your bed only for sleep

* Sleep with your head facing North

* Progressive Relaxation

* Deep Breathing

* Visualize something beautiful or that makes you happy

* Don’t watch tv or read before bed

* Imagine it’s time to get up

* Backwards counting

* Hot water bottle or wheat bag

I suffer from Insomnia also. I hope this helps you. Sweet Dreams!

Chris asks…

what are the symptoms of insomnia?

i can’t sleep at night…………..what should i do????????

Insomnia Stress answers:

Symptoms of insomnia–cant sleep when it’s time to go to bed

Mark asks…

do i have insomnia?? what are the symptoms?

sounds like a stupid question – what are the symptoms of insomnia!yeh i know it’s that you can’t sleep but i am just not sure.

i have been under a lot of stress recently and i know that can sometimes be a factor. the only reason i’m not sure is because i’ve never been a very good sleeper anyway. i get home from the gym at about 8, i get ready for bed at about 9 and i’m usually in bed by 9.30. i watch tele until about 11 and then try and sleep. all night though i toss and turn and when i look at the time it’s suddenly 5am. i have to be up at 7!!basically i get little or no sleep most of the time, but when i go to work it doesn’t seem to affect me greatly other than the more frequent yawning and stretching!

does this sound like insomnia? or an extremely light sleeper? anyone who has had it or knows about the condition it would be appreciated if you could answer.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Insomnia is chronically disturbed sleep.

However, if you have been under a lot of stress and have a lot on your mind it is difficult to sleep.

I have insomnia, and it the symptoms differ between people. You don’t have insomnia unless this is a problem that has been happening for more than a week or so.

Try to calm down before bed time. Exercise before bed is really bad for you, as it gets you worked up, making it difficult to sleep. However perhaps you should try taking a relaxing bath before bed, or reading to calm yourself down. Don’t drink coffee or eat chocolates, icecream less than three hours before bedtime as the caffine simulants will keep you awake.

Try to calm down and resolve your stress issue, if not see a doctor if it persists and interfers with your daily patterns.

Betty asks…

Symptoms of Insomnia?

I mean besides having trouble falling asleep.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Well, the word insomnia comes from the Latin IN (which means “not”) SOMNUS ( which means “sleep”).
So, no. There are really no other symptoms of “not-sleep” besides not sleeping.

Having said that. I understand that not being able to sleep well or properly for a month or so and feeling tired and messed up could contribute to a medical diagnosis if insomnia.
Disorientation, confusion,headaches,etc are symptoms that may be caused by many things. Insomnia is definitely one of them.

Helen asks…

Are these the symptoms of Insomnia?

So I have a long history or not being able to fall asleep, but I normally feel refreshed after not the average hours of sleep (4-6.) For the past year or so I have been waking up at a certain time depending on what time I usually go to sleep. Like today, I feel asleep at 10 PM and woke up from a nightmare at 2 AM. Two and Three AM are really popular :( But, I usually end up waking from a nightmare or a strange dream, almost never do I wake up from just a mindless sleep. I looked at some REM charts and saw that I’m barely getting enough cycles in, or am I just because I still feel refreshed and ready when I wake up? (Also when I usually wake up, the dreams really freak me out and I don’t feel safe going to sleep again.) Do I have insomnia or anything else? Is this healthy for me at all? Please help!

Insomnia Stress answers:

More than half of the adult population has insomnia, or an inability to fall and stay asleep, at least a few nights a week. Unfortunately, many people do not recognize the symptoms of insomnia and are completely unaware that they are not getting the sleep their bodies needs. By knowing these symptoms, you can avoid many of the health issues insomnia can cause.

Recognize the Symptoms of Insomnia
1. Learn how to recognize transient insomnia, a mild condition characterized by sleeplessness that only lasts a few days, and is usually caused by excitement or a disruption in your sleeping patterns. Short-term insomnia usually last for a few weeks, and can be brought about by stress or worrying. Chronic insomnia, however, lasts at least a month and can be connected to a more serious medical condition.

2 Identify the more common symptoms for insomnia, such as difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking throughout the night and waking too early in the morning. Fatigue is also a symptom of insomnia.

3 Consider whether or not your insomnia may be connected to a more serious medical condition. Clinical depression, asthma and arthritis are all conditions that may cause insomnia.

4 Look to more traditional causes of insomnia if your health is generally good. Stress and worry can cause insomnia, as can too much caffeine, sugar and prescription drugs. Even some over-the-counter drugs, especially cough and cold medicine, can cause insomnia.

5 Conduct a bedroom check to see whether there is anything in your sleeping environment that may be causing you to experience insomnia. A bedroom that is too warm or too old, very light or excessively noisy can rob you of much-needed sleep. A restless bed companion can make getting your shuteye difficult as well.

6 See your doctor immediately if your insomnia, or any other sleep disorder, lasts for more than a few days. Insomnia can be a symptom of a more serious health issue, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

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Your Questions About Healthy Recipes

David asks…

Any good healthy food recipes?

I want to know any good food recipes (healthy) trying to be on a diet…. I mostly love to eat pasta. But I also want to know healthy recipes for other foods. So anyone comment your favorite healthy recipe:)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Veggie Quinoa

1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup diced firm tofu
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped fresh spinach

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup vegetable stock to a boil. Stir in the quinoa and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, broccoli florets, and tofu. Stir for a minute, then cover and steam over low heat for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup vegetable broth, mushrooms, and spinach. Cover and cook over medium heat until the mushrooms are soft and spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes.

Stir the vegetable-tofu mixture into the cooked quinoa. Cover, and allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

James asks…

What are some healthy and tasty smoothie recipes?

I want to start making my own fruit/vegitable smoothies at home! I need some good healthy recipes!

Insomnia Stress answers:

I make smoothies daily :) I don’t follow any recipes though, honestly just toss up some fresh fruit in the fridge! I like to use 1 banana with every smoothie and mix it with whatever fresh fruit is lying around whether it be pineapple slices and strawberries with the banana or blackberries and peaches and banana it all seriously tastes amazing! Then I like to add a few dashes of cinnamon, a squirt or 2 of honey, and a bit of coconut oil, a bit of water and about a cup of ice and its amazing :) You can even throw some spinach and veggies in there, the fruit would cover up the taste!

Mandy asks…

What are some simple, yummy, healthy recipes?

I am looking for some easy, healthy, yummy recipes. Short preparation and cook time preferred. Please keep in mind that I’m a college student that works part time and I cannot spend tons of money either. Also, I do not eat chicken or pork. I prefer to eat seafood most of the time as it is lean and healthy. I eat beef very rarely because I prefer it over iron tablets. Thanks! :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stir fry – Put a bunch of vegetables in the wok with a touch of oil, serve over short grain brown rice.

Soup – Boil vegetables, throw in some noodles, drop in a raw egg or some cooked beans, how about a few shrimp.

Tortillas, beans & cheese. Slice in some tomatoe and avocado.

Sandwiches – Get nice crusty bread, good cheeses, fresh tomatoes, grilled vegetables, tuna fish. Also smoked fish on bagels.

Pilaf – Rice with herbs & seasonings, mix in toasted nuts & seeds, stir in some minced broccoli, carrot or cauliflower, cook using broth for more flavor, add fresh melon on top

Get some good Indian, Chinese and South Asian cookbooks!

Michael asks…

any healthy recipe for kids?

I wanna make a recipe book for my 8 year old students. I wanna include some healthy recipes or drinks they can make with their mums or their mums for them. The book though will be a gift to their mums. Do u have any good and healthy recipe to suggest me for my case? thx!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/recipes has some really good ones.

I’ve also gotten many from http://www.healthy-kid-recipes.com/.
I’ve had to look up so many to feed the kids I babysit.

Also, Whole Foods Market has some GREAT recipies for kids and adults online: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/list_kids.html.

Donald asks…

Really healthy recipe for flapjack?

Hi! Does anyone have a tasty and healthy recipe for flapjacks? Preferably using the least amount of sugar or butter. Thanks :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Http://vegweb.com/
Has a LOT of great recipes for almost anything.. And MOST of it’s healthy.. Love this site..

Http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14044.0

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Your Questions About Fatigued

Mary asks…

Caffeine withdrawals: extreame fatigue?

I want to stop consuming caffeine because of health issues. Also I get up at 5:30 and drink pop through the week then on the weekend I wake up at 10 with a migraine. I have tried so many times to give caffeine up. I go almost a week without it, the headaches finally stop but the fatigue doesn’t. I feel lifeless. Then I start thinking, why am I even refraining from caffeine, its stupid. So I want tips on how to make the fatigue go away. maybe some nasty tips about pop that might convince me to stop. I drink Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper. thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

The caffeine withdrawal symptoms will eventually cease.

Fatigue often triggers off further problems such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, lightheadedness, shakiness and nausea.

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 a web search for “coenzyme q10 for energy”. 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 a web search for “common fatigue causes”.

David asks…

Caffeine withdrawals: extreame fatigue?

I want to stop consuming caffeine because of health issues. Also I get up at 5:30 and drink pop through the week then on the weekend I wake up at 10 with a migraine. I have tried so many times to give caffeine up. I go almost a week without it, the headaches finally stop but the fatigue doesn’t. I feel lifeless. Then I start thinking, why am I even refraining from caffeine, its stupid. So I want tips on how to make the fatigue go away. maybe some nasty tips about pop that might convince me to stop. I drink Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper. thanks

Insomnia Stress answers:

Eventually the caffeine withdrawal effects will cease.

Fatigue often triggers off further problems such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, lightheadedness, shakiness and nausea.

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 a web search for “coenzyme q10 for energy”. 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 a web search for “common fatigue causes”.

Laura asks…

How to get over fatigue? Help please?

I’ve low blood pressure, so it’s not ’cause of lack of sleep or anything.
I’m severly fatigued and I’m just lying down since yesterday and have ZERO energy. Coffee didn’t help at all.
How to get over it? Should I take an energy drink or something or will that make it worse? Help?
And thank you for any advice. :)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Fatigue often triggers off further problems.

You seem to have a fatigue problem. Perhaps the energy vitamin B12 can help or a vitamin B complex. Coenzyme Q10 can also help to boost your energy level as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22coenzyme+q10+for+energy%22&fr=ush-ans The super food Spirulina is another good energy booster.

One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. Adults each year. Anxiety 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. Anxiety disorders make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

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 http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22common+fatigue+causes%22&fr=ush-ans

Sharon asks…

Chronic Fatigue Questions..?

I was recently diagnosed with chronic fatigue…and i find it REALLY hard to get up in the morning for school. but…if i dont go to school i dont get to see my boyfriend….but even that doesn’t lure me out of bed! can anybody give me hints on how to make myself sleep better with this syndrome and how to get through the day without passing out? I think its harder for 16 year olds like myself to be dealing with it….yanno in growing up….but i need some advice…please help!!!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Hi,I have both CFS & FM for over 14 years so understand what you’re going through..Yep being a teen does make it seem more difficult to deal with but there are some ways to lessen the fatigue..

First you have to pace yourself never overdo it even when you feel you can.Sounds crazy but it’s important to exercise but not more than 10-15 minutes at a time!! Proper nutrition is a must & try not easy to be stressed as it’ll only make that dang fatigue worse..Many Dr’s give smaller doses of anti-depressants to ease the pain & fatigue..It does help.. So check with your Dr about rx it..

A good support group where you can get lots of info & share with others is www.immunesupport.com..Also webmd has a great message board for CFS so check that out too..Google it..

If you want to know more,email me & will help all I can..

Best wishes for you & your b/f

James asks…

Constant fatigue help!?

I always seem to be tired it does not matter if I sleep for 7 8 or 9 hours I never fill rested in the morning. And when the afternoon comes around I’m starting to nod off. And by the time I get home in the evenings im ready for bed! I don’t even have the energy to play with my daughter. I don’t drink a whole lot of caffeine and I have a pretty reasonable diet. The only change in my life is that Ive started nursing school. This fatigue is even getting in the way of work and school. If u know of any causes or even how to reduce the fatigue please let me know

Insomnia Stress answers:

You seem to have a fatigue problem. Perhaps the energy vitamin B12 can help or a vitamin B complex. Coenzyme Q10 can also help to boost your energy level as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22coenzyme+q10+for+energy%22&fr=ush-ans The super food Spirulina is another good energy booster.

One of the most common fatigue causes is anxiety, which is known to effect 40 million U.S. Adults each year. Anxiety 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. Anxiety disorders make up the largest mental illness diagnosis in the U.S.

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 http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22common+fatigue+causes%22&fr=ush-ans

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Your Questions About Stress Management

Mary asks…

recommend me a stress management book?

I am working 2 jobs now, both of which involve alot of physical work
(in other words minimal sitting at a computer, lots of being on my feet carrying heavy stuff around or helping a customer)
They are good jobs, but between them I only get one day off, sometimes none at all
and I’m used to a nice even M-F with the weekends off. Now my “weekend” is in the middle of the week
and I’m also physically exhausted from early morning and long days.
I feel like my freedom is gone.
I feel depressed at times, especially when there’s still a long week ahead.
is there a good book for a 20-something who’s working too hard
and needs advice on how to relax, be optimistic, and make time for important stuff
like her fiancee and her various responsibilities?
thanks!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Teach Yourself: Managing Stress

It’s the yellow book with the woman with a smiley face balloon.

This book is excellent because it comes with a stress test and gives results to whether you have Type A or Type B stress. It gives suggestions and scenarios throughout the book on what to do in certain situations to which stress type you are.

I have this book. It’s relatively cheap. It also comes with a sheet of the dots that change color due to body heat.

Donna asks…

I need a big stress reliever?

Do any of you know any good yoga moves or any good websites for yoga or anything that relieves stress A LOT. I am in so much stress it is unbelievable and I am just a teen! I want to feel rejuvenated and fresh and full of vitality

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress management: How do you react during stressful situations?
Evaluating how you deal with stress is the first step in effective stress management. Look for these behavior patterns.
No wonder you’re stressed. You’re doing more with fewer resources every day at work, and deadlines lurk around every corner. Then when you get home, you take out your frustrations on your family. Weekends are booked solid with household chores and errands. It’s been months since you spent an evening alone with your partner.
So how do you handle it? Understanding how you currently respond to stress — for better or worse — is the foundation for successful future stress management.
Reactions to stress vary
Some people seem to take everything in stride. Their naturally laid-back attitudes shine through in every situation. Another deadline? Bring it on. You needed to be there 10 minutes ago? OK, let’s go. The dishwasher is leaking? No problem, it’ll be a simple repair.
Others get anxious at the first sign of trouble. They pace the floor or have difficulty concentrating on the task at hand. An interruption or change in plans may cause a stir.
Of course, these examples are extremes. Most people have stress responses that fall somewhere in the middle. When you feel confident, you’re likely to take new stressors in stride. If you feel cornered or unprepared, your stress level may rise.
Look for patterns in your coping strategies
To better understand your reaction to life’s stressors, consider your current coping behaviors.
?Do you tense up? Neck and shoulder muscle tension or clenched jaws or fists are often early warning signs of stress. Stress may cause an upset stomach, shortness of breath, back pain, headaches and other physical symptoms as well.
?Do you reach for something to eat? Stress and overeating are often closely related. Stress may trigger you to eat even when you’re not hungry or to lose track of your meal and exercise plans.
?Do you get impatient? Perhaps you find yourself pacing the floor or twitching nervously. You might have trouble concentrating or falling asleep at night. All of these are signs of stress.
?Do you get angry? Stress leaves many people with a short fuse. When you’re under pressure, you may find yourself arguing with co-workers, friends or loved ones — sometimes with little provocation or about things that have nothing to do with what’s actually triggering your stress.
?Are you reduced to tears? Stress may trigger crying spells or other emotional releases.
?Do you give up? Sometimes stress may be too much to take. You might deny the issue, avoid the problem, call in sick or simply give up.
?Do you let negative thoughts take over? When you’re under stress, perhaps you automatically expect the worst or magnify the negative aspects of a situation.
?Have you started to smoke again? Even if you quit smoking long ago, a cigarette may seem like an easy way to relax when you’re under pressure. And smoking is a double-edged sword. Aside from the obvious health risks of smoking, nicotine acts as a stimulant — triggering even more stress symptoms.
?Do you turn to alcohol or other drugs? Stress leads some people to drink too much or engage in other risky behaviors, including drug abuse.
?Do you rely on a single coping technique? Sometimes crying, expressing your anger or isolating yourself from a problem that you can’t possibly fix can serve as an effective stress management technique. The same goes for exercising, confiding in friends or other healthy coping techniques. But in the long run, you may need new ways to handle stress, too. If you find yourself using one technique all the time — or you see yourself engaging in unhealthy behaviors — it’s time to open yourself up to other stress-reduction strategies.
Take the next step
Try tracking your reactions to stress over the next week. Once you identify how you cope with stressful situations, you can begin to think about alternative strategies. Consider it the first step on the path to positive stress management. The changes won’t happen overnight, but new tools to cope with stress are within your reach.

Richard asks…

Can someone help me with Time Management and Stress Management this Summer?

Even though Summer is here, my Summer sucks still. I work 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. How can I get time to make new friends this Summer in South New Jersey and make new friends to have group so I can out there on trips and enjoy Summer Fun? How do I have time to Read a book, Tae Bo exercises, stretching exercises, Guitar Practice, Creative Writing I want to try, Summer Fun, and other stuff?

Insomnia Stress answers:

The health realization/innate health model of stress is also founded on the idea that stress does not necessarily follow the presence of a potential stressor. Instead of focusing on the individual’s appraisal of so-called stressors in relation to his or her own coping skills (as the transactional model does), the health realization model focuses on the nature of thought, stating that it is ultimately a person’s thought processes that determine the response to potentially stressful external circumstances.

In this model, stress results from appraising oneself and one’s circumstances through a mental filter of insecurity and negativity, whereas a feeling of well-being results from approaching the world with a “quiet mind,” “inner wisdom,” and “common sense”.

This model proposes that helping stressed individuals understand the nature of thought–especially providing them with the ability to recognize when they are in the grip of insecure thinking, disengage from it, and access natural positive feelings–will reduce their stress.

Take care as always

James asks…

Need help with overcoming stress…?

Ok so I take the smallest problem and make it so big. My birthday is coming up in a month and last year i totally ruined it cuz i was too stressed. I take something that i cant really do any thing about and make a wrorst scenario out of it…its so bad. I need to learn to take things as they come. I’ve been trying to continuously say things to myslef but i cant it just keeps reminding me when im not even thining of it…plz help!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress management is something that can make a big difference in your life, so if stress is an issue for you, it’s something you should think about. You don’t want to let stress get out of control and possibly turn into a serious health issue. The techniques that follow have been helpful to many people for stress management, so they are definitely worth trying.

Strenuous exercise may be the best stress management technique of all. Exercise is not only good for losing weight, building muscle and improving your health, it’s also a great way to reduce stress. Aerobic type exercises in particular have also been proven effective at treating emotional problems that are associated with stress, such as anxiety and depression. The best type of exercise to engage in is one you find enjoyable, so you don’t mind doing it. Many people enjoy certain types of dancing, for example, or you might prefer playing a racket sport or riding a martial arts class. When you’re always sitting or lying around, your mind can get overactive, and you tend to think the same thoughts over and over again. Even if you have to push yourself into it sometimes, you’ll find that exercise is one of the simplest ways to banish stress.

Diet is also important in stress management. Your overall body chemistry is affected in one way or another by the food you eat and how that food can make you feel from one moment to the next. Adding too much sugar or stimulants as well as depressants such as sugar, alcohol and caffeine can cause your stress levels to soar when you least expect them to. These can also interfere with your sleep, another possible cause of stress. Jump start your day with a healthy balanced breakfast. Your stress levels can also be reduced by reducing the amount of junk food you allow yourself to consume.

There are some who believe in herbs and essential oils as stress reducing agents. You can use many of these herbs in forms of teas and pill forms and many offer calming effects like peppermint and chamomile. Hawthorne berries are a natural way to regulate your heart rate and it too can be found in a number of forms. You can also try essential oils for effective calming effects. You can use essential oils in a bath or you can get a ceramic oil burner or diffuser to get the scent in your home or office. Find essential oils that are pleasing and relaxing to you, or do some research into finding ones that have the properties you want.

Once you start thinking about ways to apply stress management in your life, you’ll find that there are many possibilities. Since everybody’s stress originates from different sources, you should be aware of where yours comes from. The stress management tools we’ve looked at in this answer can be helpful for almost any type of stress you may be experiencing.

Susan asks…

How to deal with my sister’s stress management problem?

My older sister is a fantastic person but when it comes to dealing with stress she just can’t handle it. She has a tendency to freak out and lash out on other people when put in pressuring situations. Way after the fact she sometimes apologizes. But I feel like she gets way too freaked out over minor issues

(One of many) Example: We were at a bookstore and she couldn’t decide what book she wanted (she had a limit) she ended up getting angry my mom and I and then breaking down crying later when we left the store. In the end she left with no books at all.

This is a frequent problem and I have offered therapy up as a solution more than once. However my sister is an extremely prideful person and prefers to deal with her own issues herself. I know I can’t force someone who doesn’t want help.

I’m at loss of what to do. Is there anything I can do to help my sister with this? And what do you suggest I can do about it to deal with it? (Because it gets to me)

Insomnia Stress answers:

Stress and Tension are normal reactions to events that threaten us. Such threats can come from accidents, financial troubles and problems on the job or with family. The way we deal with these pressures has a lot to do with our mental, emotional and physical health.
Sometimes, when we are feeling depressed, anxious, confused or unable to cope, talking to supportive friends, family members, or joining a support group may be very helpful.

But if that isn’t enough, your sister should consider seeking professional counselling. While counselling cannot fix all the problems in your sister life, it can help her sort things out so that she feel more able to cope. A therapist can help your sister learn more about herself, so that she can use her own strengths to regain a feeling of control over her life. Remember, it is how we think of, or react to, life’s events that make us feel over-stressed — not just the events themselves.
Counselling can also be called therapy or psychotherapy. Finding the right help for stress can be a stressful experience your sister.

Your family doctor can help your sister identify her health problem. A thorough look at her health profile and a complete medical examination can establish the reason for her ill health (mental or physical). Your sister symptoms may be the result of an illness that may or may not be due to stress.

Take care as always!!

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Your Questions About Sleepless In Seattle

Thomas asks…

Sleepless in Seattle, Grease, The Breakfast Club?

Can someone please help me out and give me a simple summery of the movie? Thanks a lot!

Insomnia Stress answers:

Breakfast Club: When five high school students, Andrew, John, Allison, Brian, and Claire, meet in detention one day. The principal wants them to write an essay, and they think they are in for a boring 8 hours of doing nothing. At first, they argue and hate each other, but after smoking some marijuana, they pour their hearts out to each other, and tell about their fears, secrets, and their deepest emotions, and problems.

Grease: During a visit to America, Australian Sandy meets Danny Zuko at the beach and falls in love. She is heartbroken when Summer ends and she has to return home and their last kiss on the beach is a very emotional one. But fate lends a hand – her parents decide to stay in America and she finds herself attending the same school as Danny. But Danny at school is different from Danny at the beach. He is the leader of the T-Birds, a leather clad gang, and has a reputation to keep up. He can’t be seen to fall in love with just one chick! Sandy is upset and seeks solace with some new friends she has made – a female gang called The Pink Ladies. But her prim and proper virginal ways do not fit in and she soon finds herself almost alone. A change must be made. Does she attempt to get her man by turning him into a jock? Or must she get rid of her “Sandra Dee” image?

Sleepless in Seattle: After his wife died, Sam Baldwin did not think about other women. His 8-year old son Jonah thinks that his father needs a woman in order to get his life back in order and calls in on a nation-wide radio-show. The voice and story of Sam is heard by hundreds of women, including Annie Reed, who is about to marry her fiancé Walter soon. She can’t find a rest until she really knows for sure that Sam Baldwin is not the one person for her. Thus, Annie travels to Seattle, where Sam and Jonah live, and there decides that Sam is not the one. The letter she never sent was posted by a friend of Annie, and therefore Jonah, who feels that she’s the one for his dad, already booked a flight to New York in order to meet her on the roof of the Empire State building, just like in “An Affair to Remember”. Of course, his father follows him instantly…

Sharon asks…

Sleepless in Seattle or When harry met sally which is better?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleepless In Seattle….because I like Tom Hanks better than Billy Crystal

Robert asks…

Would they call the sequel, Sleepless in Seattle’s Streets?

After the divorce resulting due to all the syrupy ickiness, the guy might get kicked out.

Insomnia Stress answers:

Oh, dang… He can’t possibly end up on the streets, not all those palne trips back and forth to NY!! I would imagine they’ve spent all their anniversaries on the Empire Building in NY!! Can you imagine? :) )
BTW… I married my own Sleepless in Seattle, he is from Seattle, and he went quite sleepless, while we were dating. Now he sleeps like a log. :) )

James asks…

Poll: You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Sleepless in Seattle…

Michael asks…

Sleepless in Seattle???

Just watched it…yeah i know…i should know better,lol… and was just wondering….has anyone ever really experienced anything remotely like that?…asked in the spirit of romance…;0)
Oeuf…at preent if you had read other questions both my own and Bad B’s you would see that Batman currently has stolen me away from Bad…aka Spidey after challenging him for me…and has me locked in the Batcave…meanwhile Sluttt…aka…Supersluttt…has Spidey tangled in his own web…i am currently devising my escape plan while Batman takes tea with the Boy Wonder…follow the plot…lol…

Insomnia Stress answers:

Batman had me in the Batcave just last month is that big dinosaur still there? I broke the trophy case last time and bent a batarang……Oh and I met this fab girl on here who i adore sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much and want to have her on my keyboard……..me like tom hanks and meg Ryan…though when harry met sally was better than this tosh……little girl with the teddy bear so lame…..

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Your Questions About Insomniac

Lisa asks…

Insomniac??

Ok so here’s the deal: I can sleep well during the day like taking a (nap) i guess is easy for me. But at night, i just CAN’T sleep. Time just passes by, 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, 11 o’clock, 12 o’clock, even 1am. It’s not until like 3:30 that i can actually close my eyes. I typically stay up all night watching tv or talking to my boyfriend. I sleep late & i wake up late! i wake up at like 11 or 12 every morning- i hate this. So, my question: I would like to know if i am an “insomniac” or if it’s just because my body is use to sleeping late and waking up late. I am not in school right now because i am taking the summer off, also not working. Am i simply not tired because i don’t do anything all day?? i don’t know- PLEASE HELP. I really want to sleep, what solutions do you have?

Insomnia Stress answers:

The obvious problem here is that you are using the time that you shoud be sleeping to watch t.v and talk to your boyfriend. Your body has an internal clock and once you make a habit of sleeping at 3:30 in the morning it is going to program itself to do just that. I dont neccesarily think that you are an insomniac, you just need to break those bad habits. Oh, and the fact that you are taking naps throughout the day also makes it worse. You need to rearange your habits. If that doesnt work there is a natural supplement called melatonin which you can buy over the counter. Your body actually produces this hormone naturally in response to changing light, but it can become deficient when you loose alot of sleep. Just make sure you ues it as directed. Good luck!

Charles asks…

Are you an INSOMNIAC?

Well, are you? :P

(BQ: What is your definition of an insomniac? Someone who doesn’t sleep for 1-3 days? Someone who only sleeps 2 hours a day? :P )

Insomnia Stress answers:

I am an insomniac. I didn’t go to sleep until ten o’clock this morning, and I had been awake since 7 AM yesterday. I think an insomniac is just someone who has a great deal of trouble going to sleep.

Thomas asks…

Are most insomniacs misdiagnosed?

It’s apparent that a lot of people, especially on the internet, call themselves insomniacs.

Is this because that they truly are, or is it a misdiagnosis and it is really just an effect of another disorder or unrelated condition, such as paranoia, stress, etc?

How many people are truly insomniacs, and don’t just call themselves that?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I’m an insomniac!

I can lie in the bed for about an hour til I get to sleep. That’s the best that can happen to me in bedtime. When I’m not myself, i can eat up to six hours trying to knock myself out to fall asleep. By the time I’m sleeping, people started waking me up saying that’s its time for school.

Insomniacs can be a biological problem or a psychological one. For those who naturally can’t get enough sleep, they are the ones who have health issues. Those who have psychological ones are those are stressed, hyper energetic or just uncomfortable in their sleeping environment. Travelers, shift workers, college students and nursing mothers are the usual people suffering from psychological insomnia.

Insomnia can also be something that’s minor or, for a worse case, turn to a chronic ailment. People who claim they have insomnia may only experience it for a short period of time and then it will disappear.

Sleeping hours also differ from one person to another. Some people need about 9-11 hours of sleep a day while others are better off at 4 hours. For those comfortable of less than 8 hours of sleep may say that they have insomnia but they don’t in reality.

Chris asks…

what does insomniac mean?

maybe this is what i am …..

Insomnia Stress answers:

An insomniac is a person that suffers from insomnia, which is a sleeping disorder, meaning it’s persistently hard to fall asleep, and to stay asleep once you get there.

Mandy asks…

anybody else an insomniac in here?

Insomnia Stress answers:

A lot of people are insomniac. Some people are insomniac because there is something on there mind that they want to do but there is something holding them back. The basic is to clear your mind or make it go blank. I usually use my high, big but soft pillow to make me sleepy. Sometimes, you can even use soft, mellow music to make you sleep. I hope you find this a help to your insomnia problem…:)

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Your Questions About Health Net

Jenny asks…

Health insurance?

What are the top 3 health insurance companies in Arizona with respect to customer satisfaction and dependability?

Insomnia Stress answers:

Health Net consistently places in the top two in the Ranking Arizona business magazine. Other top companies are United Health, Blue Cross, Aetna and Lifewise.

My own personal opinion places Health Net and United Health as the top in customer satisfaction, dependability, coverage, and rates. I place more clients in those two companies than all the others combined and have yet to have a dissatisfied client. You just need to make sure you get the proper policy for your situation.

Talk with an independent agent who can explain the differences in policies. You also want to talk to an agent if you have pre-existing conditions or are out of the height and weight guidelines. Some companies are more lenient than others for certain health conditions. It does you little good to apply to any company if they will decline your application.

Lisa asks…

Health Net.com?

Insomnia Stress answers:

What about it?

Https://www.healthnet.com

Yes, Healthnet.com is the correct web address for HealthNet.

Per Wikipedia:
Health Net, Inc. Is among the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. It was founded by Dr. Malik Hasan and his wife Seeme. The company’s HMO, POS, insured PPO and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.6 million individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs.

Lizzie asks…

which is better blue cross or health net insurance?

Insomnia Stress answers:

I’ve never heard of Net insurance. With that being said I would say Blue Cross. Now it also depends what sort of policy or coverage U have. If Ur looking to buy a plan be sure U check out the deductible, co-pay, HMO or PPO, ER coverage & things like that. Hope this helps U.

Sharon asks…

whats the diffence between just medi-cal and health net?

i think i have them together, but i dont really know whats the difference between my old plain medical and this healthnet/medical

Insomnia Stress answers:

You basically have a policy that is a medi-cal policy, that is provided by Health net….. They have a medi-cal department, it’s called the Healthy Families program. Without seeing your policy offhand, I can’t really tell you what the differences are. Medi-cal is a state based program and from what I heard when I worked there, the program was pretty good.

Paul asks…

Health Net or PPO?

IS Health Net ppo Better than just PPO because there is a huge price difference a month but they both seem to offer the same coverage give or take WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

Insomnia Stress answers:

If you don’t have any serious health problems and only rarely would need to see a specialist, then Health Net is probably fine for you. If you have chronic health problems and see lots of Drs regularly then you might want to spring for the PPO coverage. Also compare the drug coverage as the PPO might have lower overall drug costs if you happen to be taking several expensive medications.

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