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Difficulty Sleeping Tips

7 Tips To Improve The Quality Of Your Sleep!

Dr. Amit C 86% (41 ratings)
MD - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
General Physician, Ranchi
7 Tips To Improve The Quality Of Your Sleep!

If getting quality sleep is something that you may not be experiencing regularly, you need to take steps to correct it. Sleep improves your health and revitalizes your body allowing your body to be refreshed and energetic.

In today's world, getting quality sleep has become a luxury due to various factors like excessive work and the internet. There are certain tips, which you may follow to improve the quality of your sleep. Some of them are:

  1. Limit caffeine intake: Drinking too much coffee stimulates the body making you energized and thus hampering your ability to fall asleep. Aim to avoid coffee at least 5-6 hours before you go to sleep.
  2. Follow a sleep schedule: You should make it a habit to go to bed and wake up at the same time on a regular basis. This will allow you to fall asleep easily as the body's internal sleep cycle is reinforced, thus facilitating better sleep.
  3. Try to create a comfortable environment: Comfort is an important factor when it comes to sleep. A proper environment with comfortable clothing allows you to relax and experience better sleep. Make sure the room is dark, cool and quiet to help you fall asleep faster.
  4. Pre-sleep routine: You may follow a ritual before you go to sleep on a regular basis as this may help in preparing the body for sleep. Taking a bath or engaging in mediation for a few minutes are wonderful practices to follow before you sleep.
  5. Exercise on a regular basis: You should exercise on a regular basis as this will allow you to sleep better. Exercises also releases endorphins that improves your overall wellbeing.
  6. Reduce stress: Aim to reduce stress as this will allow you to sleep better. Stress may cause anxiety and insomnia which may impair your sleep.
  7. Eat light meals for dinner: Eating carbohydrates laden meals for dinner may hamper your digestion and cause problems in your sleep. So eat light meals and preferably two hours before you go to bed.

How Does Browsing On Phone Before Sleep Affect Your Health?

Dr. Anil Savani 89% (116 ratings)
MD - Medicine, Diploma in Diabetes Management
Diabetologist, Surat
How Does Browsing On Phone Before Sleep Affect Your Health?

Browsing on the phone before you sleep can potentially cause serious damage to your health. According to studies the side effects can be far reaching and detrimental for your overall health. It can disrupt your sleep and contributes to several complications like heart diseases, obesity, etc.

Following are the bad effects of browsing on the phone before bed:

  1. Browsing on the phone till late in the night affects your sleeping pattern and deprives your body from the rest it requires. Loss and lack of sleep significantly contributes to various health problems like poor sleep, depressionstroke, cardiovascular problems, obesity etc.
  2. Staring at a bright screen for a long time before sleeping can slow down the activity of neurons that make you sleepy, thereby, keeping you in a state of wakefulness. Staring at artificial lights suppresses melatonin, the sleep hormone, which affects the sleep wake cycle of your body.
  3. Browsing on the phone before sleep also takes a toll on your eyes. It can cause serious damage to your eyes if you make a habit out of it. You can see visible signs if you wake up with dark circles in the morning and feel tired and lousy. Looking at brightly lit screen for a long time especially in the dark puts a lot of strain in your eyes and also affects mental health.
  4. Browsing on the phone till late in the night will make it difficult for you to wake up on time. The light on your cell phone affects your sleep, which can even trigger insomnia. Lack of sleep affects your alertness and concentration level and makes you feel drowsy and exhausted.
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Heart Diseases And Homeopathy!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 89% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata
Heart Diseases And Homeopathy!

Heart failure can involve the left side (left ventricle), right side (right ventricle) or both sides of your heart. Generally, heart failure begins with the left side, specifically the left ventricle — your heart's main pumping chamber.

Type of heart failure - Description

Left-sided heart failure - Fluid may back up in your lungs, causing shortness of breath.
Right-sided heart failure - Fluid may back up into your abdomen, legs, and feet, causing swelling.
Systolic heart failure - The left ventricle can't contract vigorously, indicating a pumping problem.

Diastolic heart failure (also called heart failure with preserved ejection fraction) -  The left ventricle can't relax or fill fully, indicating a filling problem.

Any of the following conditions can damage or weaken your heart and can cause heart failure. Some of these can be present without your knowing it:

 

  • Coronary artery disease and heart attack - Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and the most common cause of heart failure. Over time, arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle narrow from a buildup of fatty deposits — a process called atherosclerosis. The buildup of plaques can cause reduced blood flow to your heart. A heart attack occurs if plaques formed by the fatty deposits in your arteries rupture. This causes a blood clot to form, which may block blood flow to an area of the heart muscle, weakening the heart's pumping ability and often leaving permanent damage. If the damage is significant, it can lead to a weakened heart muscle.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) - Blood pressure is the force of blood pumped by your heart through your arteries. If your blood pressure is high, your heart has to work harder than it should to circulate blood throughout your body. Over time, the heart muscle may become thicker to compensate for the extra work it must perform. Eventually, your heart muscle may become either too stiff or too weak to effectively pump blood.
  • Faulty heart valves - The valves of your heart keep blood flowing in the proper direction through the heart. A damaged valve — due to a heart defect, coronary artery disease or heart infection — forces your heart to work harder to keep blood flowing as it should. Over time, this extra work can weaken your heart. Faulty heart valves, however, can be fixed or replaced if found in time.
  • Damage to the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) - Heart muscle damage (cardiomyopathy) can have many causes, including several diseases, infections, alcohol abuse and the toxic effect of drugs, such as cocaine or some drugs used for chemotherapy.
  • Myocarditis - Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. It's most commonly caused by a virus and can lead to left-sided heart failure.

 

  • Heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects) - If your heart and its chambers or valves haven't formed correctly, the healthy parts of your heart have to work harder to pump blood through your heart, which, in turn, may lead to heart failure.

 

  • Abnormal heart rhythms (heart arrhythmias) - Abnormal heart rhythms may cause your heart to beat too fast, which creates extra work for your heart. Over time, your heart may weaken, leading to heart failure. A slow heartbeat may prevent your heart from getting enough blood out to the body and may also lead to heart failure.



Other diseases - Chronic diseases — such as diabetes, HIV, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or a buildup of iron (hemochromatosis) or protein (amyloidosis) —also may contribute to heart failure.

Causes of acute heart failure include viruses that attack the heart muscle, severe infections, allergic reactions, blood clots in the lungs, the use of certain medications or any illness that affects the whole body.

Symptoms -
Heart failure can be ongoing (chronic), or your condition may start suddenly (acute).
Heart failure signs and symptoms may include:

  • shortness of breath (dyspnea) when you exert yourself or when you lie down
  • fatigue and weakness
  • swelling (edema) in your legs, ankles, and feet
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • reduced ability to exercise
  • a persistent cough or wheezing with white or pink blood-tinged phlegm
  • increased need to urinate at night
  • swelling of your abdomen (ascites)
  • sudden weight gain from fluid retention
  • lack of appetite and nausea
  • difficulty concentrating or decreased alertness
  • sudden, severe shortness of breath and coughing up pink, foamy mucus
  • chest pain if your heart failure is caused by a heart attack


Risk factors -  A single risk factor may be enough to cause heart failure, but a combination of factors also increases your risk.

Risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure - Your heart works harder than it has to if your blood pressure is high.
  • Coronary artery disease - Narrowed arteries may limit your heart's supply of oxygen-rich blood, resulting in weakened heart muscle.
  • Heart attack - Damage to your heart muscle from a heart attack may mean your heart can no longer pump as well as it should.
  • Diabetes - Having diabetes increases your risk of high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. Some diabetes medications. The diabetes drugs rosiglitazone (Avandia) and pioglitazone (Actos) have been found to increase the risk of heart failure in some people. Don't stop taking these medications on your own, though. If you're taking them, discuss with your doctor whether you need to make any changes.
  • Certain medications - Some medications may lead to heart failure or heart problems. Medications that may increase the risk of heart problems include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); certain anesthesia medications; some antiarrhythmic medications; certain medications used to treat high blood pressure, cancer, blood conditions, neurological conditions, psychiatric conditions, lung conditions, urological conditions, inflammatory conditions and infections; and other prescription and over-the-counter medications. Don't stop taking any medications on your own. If you have questions about medications you're taking, discuss with your doctor whether he or she recommends any changes.

 

  • Sleep apnea - The inability to breathe properly while you sleep at night results in low blood oxygen levels and increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms. Both of these problems can weaken the heart.

 

  • Congenital heart defects - Some people who develop heart failure were born with structural heart defects.
  • Valvular heart disease - People with valvular heart disease have a higher risk of heart failure. 
  • Viruses - A viral infection may have damaged your heart muscle.
  • Alcohol use - Drinking too much alcohol can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure.
  • Tobacco use - Using tobacco can increase your risk of heart failure.
  • Obesity - People who are obese have a higher risk of developing heart failure.
  • Irregular heartbeats - These abnormal rhythms, especially if they are very frequent and fast, can weaken the heart muscle and cause heart failure.

Complications - If you have heart failure, your outlook depends on the cause and the severity, your overall health, and other factors such as your age. Complications can include:

 

  1. Kidney damage or failure - Heart failure can reduce the blood flow to your kidneys, which can eventually cause kidney failure if left untreated. Kidney damage from heart failure can require dialysis for treatment.
  2. Heart valve problems -The valves of your heart, which keep blood flowing in the proper direction through your heart, may not function properly if your heart is enlarged or if the pressure in your heart is very high due to heart failure.
  3. Heart rhythm problems - Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) can be a potential complication of heart failure.
  4. Liver damage - Heart failure can lead to a buildup of fluid that puts too much pressure on the liver. This fluid backup can lead to scarring, which makes it more difficult for your liver to function properly.


Homeopathic remedies:-
Homeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. Its strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through the promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When heart failure is concerned there are many effective medicines are available in homeopathy, but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient, considering the mental and physical symptoms.

  • Aurum metallicum 30 - Heart failure after valvular lesions. Hear feels loose on walking. Sensations as if heart stopped beating for two or three seconds, immediately followed by tumultuous rebound with sinking at the epigastrium. Oppression at the heart. Pulse rapid, feeble and irregular. Blood pressure high.
  • Digitalis purpurea 3x - Digitalis is an excellent remedy for heart failure with the irregular heartbeat. Sensation as if heart would stop beating if moved, must hold the breath and keep still. Pulse full, irregular, very slow and weak, intermitting every third, fifth, or seventh beat. Weak heart. The least movement causes violent palpitations. Frequent stitches in the heart.
  • Strophanthus his. Q - Strophanthus is best for heart failure with edema of legs. Heart’s action weak, rapid, irregular, due to muscular debility and insufficiency. Pulse rapid, alternating with slow, weak, small irregular.
  • Laurocerasus 30 - Laurocerasus is best for heart failure with pain in the region of the heart. There is clutching at heart and palpitations. Pulse weak, variable, slow or irregular. Urine, retained, suppressed involuntary with palpitations and suffocations and fainting.
  • Crataegus oxy. Q - Crataegus is considered a heart tonic. Heart muscles seem flabby, worn out. Heart weakness with oppression, stitches, and insomnia. Extreme dyspnea on least exertion without much increase of pulse. Heart dilated, first sound weak. Incompetent valves, valvular murmurs.
  • Cardus marianus q - Cardus marianus is effective for heart failure with liver complaints. Pain pressure and stitches in the region of the heart, oppression of deep breathing.
  • Naja tripudians 30 - Naja is best for heart failure with weakness and valvular disorders. Visible palpitations. Damaged heart after infectious diseases.
  • Nux vomica 30 - Nux vomica is an excellent remedy for heart failure seen in alcoholics. Hear feels tired, palpitation on lying down. Usually constipated with ineffectual desire.
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Top 10 Psychologists in Gurgaon

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 87% (192 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Top 10 Psychologists in Gurgaon

Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Don’t let stress, sleepless nights, anxiety take a toll on your mental health. Top 10 psychologist in Gurgaon can help you with the best treatment. These psychologist have years of experience and are trained to understand the mental health and psychology, they use various verbal and non- verbal communications to know your health state. Here is the list of top 10 psychologist in Gurgaon:

1. Dr. Shraddha Banerjee

M.Phil - Clinical Psychology, Bsc - Psychology, Msc - Applied Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹1000

Ms.Shraddha Banerjee is a reputed clinical psychologist with over 13 years of experience. AMongst her peers she is known for psychological assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions skills. She is also known for her counselling skills related to substance dependence disorders, relationship issues, family problems and issues relating to adolescence and young adulthood. She currently practices at Utkarsh Speciality Clinic, Gurgaon and Apollo spectra hospital, Dr.Shraddha Banerjee Clinic, Delhi.

2. Dr. Archana Krishna

MA-Clinical Psychology, M-Phil Clinical Psychology, Ph.D

Consultation fees: ₹1100 - 2000

Dr. Archana Krishna, is a Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience. She is a life coach, consultant, trainer, and educator. She is a certified and trained International NBI™. She specialises in consultation related to sound decision-making for career selection, developing communication skills, management and team building. Her years of experience and compassion has helped hundreds of patients to improve their quality of life. She practices at Anahat Multispeciality Clinic and Nidaan hospital, Gurgaon.

3. Dr. Prof. G.B. Singh (PhD)

PhD - Psychology, MA - Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹1400 - 1500

Prof. Singh has 27 years of experience and practices at multiple centers around Delhi -NCR. He is known for his counselling skills in the field of relationship counselling, anxiety therapy, Marriage counselling & depression therapy. He is known internationally as well in the field of Cognitive Neuropsychology & Brain Neuroplasticity. He is known for use of therapies like Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Hypnotherapy (CH). 

4. Dr. Vikas Khanna

BDS, Diploma in Hypnotherapy (DHT)

Consultation fees: ₹1500 

Dr Vikas Khanna runs his own chain with the name of Dr Vikas Khanna's Counseling & Hypnotherapy Clinic in Delhi - NCR. He is known for handling extremely different cases of depression, anxiety, panic, stress management and bipolar tendencies. He also practices as a sexologist, relationship counsellor, NLP Trainer and Family Wellness Coach. 

5. Ms. Mariella Zanoletti

MSc Psychotherapy -King's College- London, PG diploma in counselling

Consultation fees: ₹5000 

Mariella zanoletti is a reputed psychotherapist and counsellor with 15 years of experience. She has done her studies from London. She is specialised in the field of systemic family and couple therapy, integrative counselling and mediation. She has handled many cases of young people and couples in issues related to stress, anxiety, self-confidence, work related matters, marriage, relationship and parenting issues. 

6. Ms. Suprabha Shrivastava

M PHIL (Clinical Psychology), M A Clinical Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹700

Dr. Suprabha Shrivastava is a Clinical Psychologist with an experience of 5 years. She is an expert in various types of psychotherapies and psychometric assessment.She is currently practicing at 1Wellness Clinic, Gurgaon. She is known for her awareness work among the youths on mental health awareness. She holds seminars, workshop and conferences in coping with crisis and Psychological issues. She is expertise in dealing with geriatric and family problems.

7. Dr. Munia Bhattacharya (PhD)

MA - Applied Psychology, PhD - Clinical Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹1000

Dr. Munia Bhattacharya, is a psychology expert practicing at W Pratiksha hospital, Gurgaon. She is amongst the most successful with 14 years of experience. After pursuing her PhD ahe has also trained herself in various other areas like hypnotherapy, NLP, CBT and Autism. She has won several awards and accolades for her contribution in the field of physiotherapy. She is known for the most advanced alternative treatment methods for treating behavioural issues in her patients. 

8. Dr. Mehak Arora

MPhil Clinical Psychology, Masters in Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹800-1000

Dr. Mehak Arora, is a psychologist from Gurgaon with 7 years of experience. She currently practices at Resonate psychological services and Umeed wellness Clinic. She is known for effective and personalized treatment strategies to treat complicated cases of behavioural issue. 

9. Ms. Sakshi Mandhyan

Masters in Clinical Psychology

Consultation fees: ₹1500

Sakshi Mandhyan is a practicing Clinical Psychologist who has 8 years of experience. Her areas of interest are handling cases related to stress, lifestyle management, emotional quotient enhancement, academic enhancement, personality development and sexual issues. She is known her holistic approach. She has conducted several educational seminars, trainings, and workshops in schools and corporates across Delhi and NCR to address issues related to children, adolescents, young adults, parents etc. 

10. Dr. Seema Rekha

CBT, Master in Family Counselling

Consultation fees: ₹800 - 1500

Dr. Seema Rekha has 9 years of experience and currently practices at Antarmanh Centre For Emotional Well Being and Paras Hospital, Gurgaon. She treats patients from all age groups including parents and children. She is known her holistic approach for treating patients with emotional & mental Well- being.

Sleepwalking - 11 Things You Must Not Ignore!

Dr. Milind Barhate 88% (208 ratings)
DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Sleepwalking - 11 Things You Must Not Ignore!

Sleep is one such time when people usually are expected to lie down still and get rest. However, we have all heard of sleepwalking, a condition where a person walks during the sleep. Though it may sound strange, there is a deeper explanation for it both from a causative point of view and from managing it.

Things you should know-

  1. Sleepwalking happens when a person moves back from a deep sleep to a light sleep or awakening state.
  2. The person who is sleepwalking is usually not aware of it.
  3. Activities may range from simply getting up and sitting up in bed to walking around the room. They could also open the door and walk out to the neighbourhood. Moving furniture, changing dresses or driving a car, may also be some of the actions Most of these activities happens completely without their knowledge.
  4. Mostly happens in children up to the age of 12, but can be seen in adults also, where it assumes a more severe form.
  5. The person who is sleepwalking has a fixed stare with glassy eyes. They may appear dazed and lost when they are awakened.
  6. They may not respond when they are actually sleepwalking, or respond very slowly
  7. They can be brought back to bed and put back to sleep without being disturbed. Most children would go back to sleeping when this is done
  8. Though the parents can be very worried when they see children sleepwalking, reassurance is required, as it usually disappears as they cross teenage.
  9. There could be chances of small injury like tripping or fall during the sleepwalking episode
  10. Sleepwalkers may be more restless compared to other children during their waking hours
  11. Bedwetting is also quite common in children who sleepwalk

Causes:

  1. Inappropriate sleep pattern with lack of sleep for prolonged periods is one of the main reasons for sleepwalking
  2. Stress
  3. Excessive drinking
  4. Medical conditions like heart rhythm problems, acidity, gastric reflux, and seizures
  5. Psychiatric conditions like panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder can also lead to sleepwalking

Management:

  1. For a parent to see their child walking around in their sleep can be quite disturbing.
  2. Reassurance is required stating that it is just a temporary phase and will not stay beyond the teenage years
  3. Most people do not require any intervention unless accompanied by severe symptoms like going out of the house or driving
  4. Once established, it is advisable to avoid by not drinking too much alcohol, avoiding stress and anxiety and taking precautions like extra-secure locks to prevent sleepwalking and/or other side effects.
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What Is Sleep Apnea ?

Dr. Sathish Erra 87% (11207 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Homeopath, Hyderabad
What Is Sleep Apnea ?

What is sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain -- and the rest of the body -- may not get enough oxygen.

Types of Apnea Sleep:

There are two types of sleep apnea:

-Obstructive sleep apnea: The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
-Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Major Causes for sleep apnea:

-Muscular changes: When people sleep, the muscles that keep the airway open relax, along with the tongue, causing the airway to narrow. Normally, this relaxation does not prevent the flow of air in and out of the lungs, but in sleep apnea, it can.

-Physical obstructions: Additional thickened tissue or excessive fat stores around the airway can restrict the airflow, and any air that squeezes past can cause the loud snoring typically associated with OSA.

-Brain function: In central sleep apnea (CSA), the neurological controls for breathing are faulty, causing the control and rhythm of breathing to malfunction. CSA is usually associated with an underlying medical condition, such as a stroke or heart failure, recent ascent to high altitude, or the use of pain relief medication.

When the airway becomes completely blocked, the snoring stops and there is no breathing for a 10-20 second time period or until the brain senses the apnea and signals the muscles to tighten, returning the airflow. This pause in breathing is known as apnea.

Although this process continues hundreds of times throughout the night, the individual experiencing the apnea is not conscious of the problem.

Symptoms:

*Loud snoring
*Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person
*Gasping for air during sleep
*Awakening with a dry mouth
*Morning headache
*Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
*Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
*Difficulty paying attention while awake
*Irritability

Diagnosis:

Sleep apnea is diagnosed with a sleep study (nocturnal polysomnography) carried out at an overnight sleep laboratory. This records brain waves, eye and leg movements, oxygen levels, airflow, and heart rhythm during sleep. A physician who specializes in sleep disorders interprets the test.

For some individuals, Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) can be done in place of the laboratory study. The number of apnea episodes that occur every hour determines sleep apnea severity:

Normal - 0-5 apnea episodes per hour.
Mild sleep apnea - 5-15 apnea episodes per hour.
Moderate sleep apnea - 16-30 apnea episodes per hour.
Severe sleep apnea - 31+ episodes per hour.

Role of homeopathy in sleep apnea:

Homeopathic Treatment of Sleep Apnea-

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat sleep apnoea but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for sleep apnoea treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Sleeping position!

Dr. Hemant Kalra 87% (369 ratings)
MBBS, MD -Pulmonary Medicine-Tuberculosis ,Respiratory Disease Medicine , Diploma in Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases (DTCD), European Diploma in Respiratory Medicine
Pulmonologist, Delhi
Obstructive Sleep Apnea And Sleeping position!

- If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and you are using CPAP therapy, you may be wondering whether sleeping position matters when it comes to having or treating sleep apnea
Believe it or not, sleeping positions have a big influence on how well we sleep, not only with regard to OSA, but in relation to other health conditions.

 

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Sleeping And Weight Loss!

Ms. Geetanjali Ahuja Mengi 90% (479 ratings)
Masters Of Science In Dietetics And Food Service Management Msc. (DFSM), Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), Advanced Clinical Nutrition Program, Post Graduate Diploma In Clinical Nutrition And Dietetics PGD, Bachelors Degree In Applied Nutrition Bhsc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Sleeping And Weight Loss!

Sleeping And Weight Loss

Wondering what sleeping has to do with weight loss!!!!! You might follow the best diet and have a great fitness regime and you follow them religiously. Yet you don’t see the results that are expected. Why???? Then, the answer is quite simple. You are not getting enough sleep.

1. Science behind sleeping: If you are not getting a good sleep, your body cooks up a perfect recipe for weight gain. Insufficient sleep affects the release of hunger hormones gherlin and leptin. Gherlin signals hunger to the brain whereas leptin signals fullness to the brain. In short, the brain releases more Gherlin and less leptin thereby increasing your appetite.

2. Increase in stress levels: Poor sleep also leads to release of stress hormone Cortisol which results in increase in stress levels.

3. Hate to hit the gym: Think of a day when you haven’t slept well. What do you feel? Firstly, you will feel exhausted and feel so tired that you won’t be able to move your feet and hitting your gym or doing any physical activity will be the last thing in the world you will do. It’s a simple maths, no calories burnt so no loss in weight.

4. Decision making: Yes, sleep does affect your decision making be it a simple one or a complex one. Poor sleep will make your day dull and you will feel as though you are drunk. You won’t be able to say no to the extra servings, you won’t feel like hitting the gym. You will choose high calorie food despite knowing that you aren’t supposed to have it.

5. Insulin levels: Poor sleep makes your body cells resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts the sugars in your blood to energy. If your cells are insulin resistant then your blood will have higher sugar levels and the body responds to this situation by producing more insulin which makes you feel hungry and the body stores more calories as fat. The worst part is not only you will gain weight but you are more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

 

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Insomnia - Is It Possible That It Can Be Treated?

Dr. Archna Jain 85% (27 ratings)
BHMS, N.D.D.Y., P.G.D.H.A., Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE)
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Insomnia - Is It Possible That It Can Be Treated?

Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for good health. But, we all face insomnia to some degree or other. Homeopathy is a complementary system of medicine that cures almost any disease on earth, including insomnia.

Insomnia is a complex issue with a number of factors. Sometimes the fear of insomnia keeps people awake at night. Other causes are age- older people find it difficult to get sleep due to drop in levels of melatonin , a chemical that induces sleep; gender – women are more blessed with insomnia because of their hormonal fluctuations that happen on a monthly basis plus due to pregnancy and menopause; depression, high BP, seizures, heart problems, anxiety etc. Jetlag, irregular shift work can also give you insomnia.

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. It is always recommended to consult a specialized homeopath before you go for medication. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

Homeopathic medicines that may help you to treat insomnia, are-

  1. Arsenicum Album (Ars): The anxious lot who suffer from sleeplessness will benefit from this one. Those with disturbed, restless sleep will get relief from their tossing and turning.

  2. Coffea Cruda (Coff): Coffee is also used to treat insomnia when given in the crude form. It relieves symptoms produced by coffee, like sleeplessness due to rapid thoughts and an active mind

  3. Gelsemium Sempervirens (Gels): Sleeplessness from anxiety is treated with this one . It also treats insomnia due to exhaustion.

  4. Ignatia Amara (Ign): Sleeplessness from a recent disappointment or grief is treated using this medicine.

  5. Lycopodium clavatum (Lyc): Are you feeling sleepy all day and sleepless at night from an active mind? Then this is the one for you!

  6. Nux Vomica (Nux-v): Irritability from loss of sleep is treated using this medicine and so is restlessness from the excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol, or drugs.

  7. Passiflora Incarnata (Pass): Restlessness, exhaustion, and sleeplessness, all three are treated. It’s especially useful for aged and infants.

  8. Phosphorus (Phos): Short naps with frequent waking are a symptom treated with this one. It’s very effective for sleeplessness in old people.

  9. Sulphur (Sulph): Disturbed sleep and inability to fall asleep after waking up between 2 – 5am and unable to go back to sleep- If this describes you, then try Sulph.

Pleasant dreams!

Treatment of Ear infection!

Dr. Radhika A (Md) 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Treatment of Ear infection!

Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection
Psychotherapy Treatment of Ear infection
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection
Surgical Treatment of Ear infection
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection
Other Treatment of Ear infection
What is Ear infection
Symptoms of Ear infection
Causes of Ear infection
Risk factors of Ear infection
Complications of Ear infection
Lab Investigations and Diagnosis of Ear infection
Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection
Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic Treatment of Ear infection

Homeopathic treatment works to strengthen the health of the child. It helps to reduce severe earache accompanied by a thick colored discharge from the nose or ears. Some of the homeopathic remedies for treatment of ear infection are:

Aconitum napellus
Belladonna
Chamomilla
Ferrum phosphoricum
Pulsatilla
Silicea

Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Ear infection

Acupuncture can help local circulation, relive muscle tension and reduce inflammation due to virus .this in turn help earache or ear infections. Acupuncture will help reduce the trend of antibiotic overuse and the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Ear infection

In the allopathic Treatment of Ear infection, over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen is prescribed to relieve pain. Prescription eardrops such as antipyrine-benzocaine (Aurodex) may provide additional pain relief.

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection

Surgical Treatment of Ear infection is called a myringotomy. During this procedure, a surgeon creates a tiny hole in the eardrum that enables him or her to suction fluids out of the middle ear. A tiny tube is placed in the opening to help ventilate the middle ear and prevent the accumulation of more fluids. Some tubes are intended to stay in place for six months to a year and then fall out on their own. Other tubes are designed to stay in longer and may need to be surgically removed.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Ear infection

Include lots of the anti-inflammatory foods like ginger, garlic, turmeric, cayenne, fish oils and raw pineapple in your diet.
Eliminate foods like fats, caffeine, aspirin, salt, sugar, and fried foods.
Eliminate dairy foods which thicken and increase mucus

Other Treatment of Ear infection

Apply cold or warm compresses, depending on what your child is comfortable with.

What is Ear infection?

An ear infection is the most common cause of earaches. The infection in the middle ear very often accompanies a common cold, the flu, or other types of respiratory infections. Ear infections are often painful because of inflammation and buildup of fluids in the middle ear.

Symptoms of Ear infection

Ear pain
Tugging or pulling at an ear
Difficulty sleeping
Drainage of fluid from the ear
Diminished hearing
Sore throat
Crying more than usual
Acting more irritable than usual
Loss of balance
Headache
Fever
Loss of appetite
Vomiting
Diarrhea

Causes of Ear infection

It is caused by a bacterium or virus in the middle ear.

Risk factors of Ear infection

Family history
Between the ages of 6 months and 2 years
Babies who drink from a bottle, especially while lying down
During the fall and winter when colds and flu are prevalent
Exposure to tobacco smoke or high levels of air pollution can
American Indians and Inuits of Alaska and Canada

Complications of Ear infection

Hearing loss
Speech or developmental delays
Untreated infections 

Diagnosis of Ear infection

Diagnosis of Ear infection involves the following tests:

Pneumatic otoscope to look into the ear
Tympanometry
Acoustic reflectometry
Tympanocentesis

Precautions & Prevention of Ear infection

Avoid secondhand smoke
Breast-feed your baby for at least six months.
If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position
Prevent common colds and other illnesses
Talk to your doctor about vaccinations

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