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My father aged 58 is having episodes of parasomnia which include talking and walking in sleep. What should I do?

Dr.Ishu Sharma 88% (11ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Chandigarh
My father aged 58 is having episodes of parasomnia which include talking and walking in sleep. What should I do?
Parasomnias are types of disturbing disorders that can happen just before you fall asleep, while you’re sleeping, or as you’re waking up homeopathy play an important role in sleep disorders and treat root cause, for that you need to consult privately because homeopathy is based on totality of symptoms and individualisation.
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Sleep Apnea - Know More About It!

Chd City Hospital 86% (11ratings)
Multi Speciality, Chandigarh
Sleep Apnea - Know More About It!

A good night’s sleep is essential for your mental and physical health. Proper sleep means your body is adequately rejuvenated and is ready to face yet another day with efficiency. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, the entire body mechanism is disturbed. Thus, sleep apnea can turn bothersome if not treated.

What is sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition wherein there can be paused or shallow breathing while the person is asleep. At the time of sleeping, the muscles of the throat and tongue are more relaxed, and the tissues block the passage of air. It is most common in adults, and the primary reason behind it is excess weight and obesity. In the case of children, the most common cause of this disorder is enlarged tonsils. Childhood obesity is another cause of this disorder in children.

Complications that could arise if the obstructive sleep apnea is not taken care of

  • Sleep apnea or snoring can disturb your sleep as well as people sleeping around you. This disorder raises the chances of health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. If someone is already suffering from high blood pressure, then sleep apnea can even make it worse.
  • When a person suffering from sleep apnea wakes up at night, his/her body gets stressed which makes the hormone system to go into overdrive which in turn increases the blood pressure of that person. Even the level of oxygen in the blood decreases when one cannot breathe well due to sleep apnea.
  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to have heart attacks.
  • The most common cause for this is the low level of oxygen or the stress of waking up suddenly. A person who is suffering from obesity is more prone to sleep apnea which also makes it harder to slim down. When someone suffers from sleep apnea, that person can have fatty deposits in their neck which block breathing during the night. Also, sleep apnea releases more the hormone named Ghrelin which makes a person suffering from obesity to crave for sweets.
  • Sleep apnea is also a concern with some general anesthesia and certain medications. People suffering from sleep apnea are more prone to face problems or complications at the time of major surgery as they suffer from breathing problems especially when anesthesia is performed and they are laid on their back. It is imperative to consult with the doctor before a major surgery if one is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Other health related problems

  • People suffering from sleep apnea are more likely to liver problems. This includes abnormal results on the liver function test, and their liver is most prone to show the signs of scarring. This disorder is also known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea also results in excessive daytime sleepiness which also increases the risk factor for automobile accidents and can also lead to depression.
  • Sleep apnea can also lead to stroke, heart failure, gastroesophageal reflux disease and abnormal rhythm of the heart.
  • Sleep apnea is a common condition with mild to severe levels and can be progressive with age. Because of the complications that can arise due to this condition, it is crucial to get the condition treated as soon as the symptoms are observed.
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Sleep Problems - How Homeopathy Can Help You Get Rid Of It?

Dr.Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (33755ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor,
Sleep Problems - How Homeopathy Can Help You Get Rid Of It?

Sleep disorders are grouped into those conditions that alter the sleep wellness ability of an individual on a daily basis. Majorly, the people experience sleeping disorders because of increasing stress level, changing lifestyles, busy schedules, etc. However, this is a very rising and increasing problem as it alters our day to day functioning. Due to sleep disorders, the person feels difficulty in sleeping and remains tired for all day. Due to the lack of sleep, tiredness persists throughout the day and negatively influences energy, mood, concentration, and health.

Symptoms of sleep disorders
The symptoms of sleep disorders vary due to the severity of the problem as well as the type of sleep disorder. The common symptoms of sleep disorders include difficulty in sleeping on time, tiredness, anxiety, agitation, frustration, concentration problems, depression, and a strong need for relaxing in the daytime.

Causes of sleep disorders
Sometimes, medical illnesses such as common cold or flu or respiratory infection make the breathing process difficult and this may cause you difficulty in sleeping. The problem of urinating frequently disturbs the sleeping pattern. Hormonal influences and urinary tract infections may also cause a problem. Pervasive pain in certain body part also makes it difficult to sleep especially those patients who are suffering from arthritis, headaches, lower back pain, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Those people who remain stressful and anxious could not able to sleep properly.

Types of sleeping disorders
There are several types of sleeping disorders which are mentioned below:

  • Insomnia refers to the inability to sleep and is the main cause of stress and anxiety these days. It can further be divided into three stages: Chronic, intermittent, and transient.
  • Sleep apnea which is mainly characterized by the breaks in breathing while sleeping
  • Parasomnia is a class of disorders in which a person behaves abnormally while sleeping such as sleepwalking, talking in sleep, nightmares, bedwetting, etc.
  • Restless leg syndrome in which constant movements of legs occur

Diagnosis
Usually, a physical examination is performed and then medical history is taken. There could be various tests that can be performed such as polysomnography, electroencephalogram, genetic blood testing.

Treatment

If a person is suffering from sleep disorders then it is the cause of great concern, however, homeopathy can be of immense help in handling such problems. A homoeopathic practitioner will study in detail as to why the problem is occurring in the first place i.e. what is the root cause of the problem. As, homeopathy believes in treating the actual reason behind the problem being faced and not just symptomatic relief. Lifestyle changes are also promoted such as maintaining a proper diet, regular exercising, and reduction of stress by following relaxation therapies, forming a sleeping schedule, etc.

Diet
The doctors recommend incorporating more vegetables and fish into your diet. Also, the caffeine intake should be limited especially at the time of late afternoon or evening. One should not do substance abuse and eat low carbohydrate meals at dinner.

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Health Problems That Keep You Awake!

Dr.Rakesh Sharma 90% (30ratings)
DDF, FCCP, MD , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Health Problems That Keep You Awake!

Staying up late at night intentionally is not insomnia. If you find it difficult to fall asleep, or cannot sleep soundly for long, then it is indeed a case of insomnia. The inability to sleep can have terrible repercussions on your physical and psychological health.

A number of reasons could cause insomnia. Understanding the causes could help you identify your sleeplessness as insomnia and seek treatment right away.

What Health Issues cause Insomnia?

Here are some health problems of both the mind and body that can keep you awake –

• Stress Chronic stress and worry born out of our tense lives is a direct cause of insomnia. Long-term anxiety, panic disorders, as well as PTSD can induce sleeplessness.

Irregular Sleep Patterns Your body would hate it if you deviate from the Circadian Rhythm – the body clock. It regulates the functions of your body, including your sleep patterns. But if you defy your body clock by sleeping at irregular hours – suppose you are staying up late to get some extra work done, or you may have opted for a night shift, or if you are experiencing a jet lag – then you will notice that when it is finally time for you to hit the bed, sleep will be elusive.

Depression Depression is a horrific psychological disorder that makes a person lose interest in life itself. And one of the indicators of depression is loss of sleep. It is not just depression, but also other illnesses that cause psychological turbulence such as bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorders, triggering insomnia.

• Breathing Issues Sleep apnoea is a dangerous disorder that stops your breathing multiple times every night and will wake you up every time. Yet you will possibly not even remember waking up. However, this does disturb the quality of your sleep and affects your health adversely.

• Dementia Dementia is accompanied by a gradual loss of memory. But sometimes people who are suffering from dementia display anxiety, restlessness or even aggressive behaviour when it is time for them to go to bed. This is called the sundown syndrome and it might even keep them up all night.

Pain Pain is one of the commonest reasons for losing sleep. Pain can originate due to any number of reasons – arthritis, a sprained joint, an injury, or if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, then it may keep you awake at night. This is actually a vicious circle because the inability to sleep will aggravate your pain. Talk to your doctor who will prescribe the appropriate pain medication.

• Parkinson’s disease This disease is another reason behind insomnia. Parkinson’s disease interferes with your nerve signals and this might cause disruption in your sleep.

Menopause When a woman inches closer to her menopause, her body reduces the production of oestrogen and progesterone. This imbalance of hormones can trigger sleep loss.

How long can you go without sleeping?

There is no data on how long a human can function without sleep. The longest someone stayed awake is 11 days. Usually, the body cannot last that long without some sound shut-eye. Your brain flushes out the waste matter its cells produce during sleep. That is why even 24 hours without sleep can make your brain sluggish and disoriented. If you stay awake for more than 48 hours at a stretch, your cognitive abilities will start failing you. Sleep is instrumental to a healthy mind and body. If you are experiencing insomnia, talk to a doctor immediately or look up some remedies.

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From last few days, I suddenly wake up in sleep. And get disturbed. Also, I get some dialogue in sleep. Why does this happen?

Dr.Deepak 93% (10443ratings)
NCCH & MCH
Homeopathy Doctor, Raebareli
From last few days, I suddenly wake up in sleep. And get disturbed. Also, I get some dialogue in sleep.
Why does this...
Change your sleeping position and bedsheet often with light shade add aroma to soothe along with sleep hygiene for sound sleep apart from this you will require a course of homeopathic treatment for permanent adresail.
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Sleep Pyschiatry - Its Stages & Benefits!

Dr.Boppana Sridhar 92% (80ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Hyderabad
Sleep Pyschiatry - Its Stages & Benefits!

Sleep is the normal physiological process of our body which is as important as respiration and digestion. Sleep is vital for maintaining our physical and mental health. Normal adults require 8 hours of sleep every day, whereas it 14 to 15 hours of sleep is recommended for for infants and toddlers.

What are the different stages of Sleep

Every human has a natural circadian clock in their body, which is responsible for maintaining our sleep - wake homeostasis. The different stages of sleep include REM and NREM that is rapid eye movement sleep and non rapid eye movement sleep respectively. REM is the deep sleep stage in which it is very difficult to wake up the person as this stage includes the sensory inhibition and all voluntary muscles along with almost all interactions with the surroundings are inhibited. Therefore, a person’s physical stress and tiredness also gets relieved during this stage of sleep. NREM sleep is the stage between REM and awakening and here the person may have sensory connection with his or her surroundings, but may not respond.

Sleep and its benefits

Sleep and stress have a very strong connection with each other. The best way to relieve stress and any other mental disturbance is sleep. It is essential to have knowledge about sleep psychiatry for almost all physicians as they face many sleep deprived patients in their day to day practice.

  1. Sleep is not only responsible for relieving mental stress and depression, but has other benefits as well
  2. Sleep is also essential for the normal physiological growth in early infancy and it is vital for development of normal alertness, attention and knowledge
  3. It also relaxes our voluntary muscles and thereby, relieves us from physical stress
  4. Sleep disturbance may also aggravate diseases in our body. Sleep is also the state of recovery and healing.

Sleep psychiatry also insist on meditation and ensures that people have normal pattern of sleep, in order to maintain the mental health of the person in a normal state.

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Sleep Psychiatry - Know Benefits Of It!

Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Sleep Psychiatry - Know Benefits Of It!

Sleep is the normal physiological process of our body which is as important as respiration and digestion. Sleep is vital for maintaining our physical and mental health. Normal adults require 8 hours of sleep every day, whereas it 14 to 15 hours of sleep is recommended for infants and toddlers.

What are the different stages of Sleep

Every human has a natural circadian clock in their body, which is responsible for maintaining our sleep-wake homeostasis. The different stages of sleep include REM and NREM that is rapid eye movement sleep and non-rapid eye movement sleep respectively. REM is the deep sleep stage in which it is very difficult to wake up the person as this stage includes the sensory inhibition and all voluntary muscles along with almost all interactions with the surroundings are inhibited. Therefore, a person’s physical stress and tiredness also get relieved during this stage of sleep. NREM sleep is the stage between REM and awakening and here the person may have a sensory connection with his or her surroundings, but may not respond.

Sleep and its benefits
Sleep and stress have a very strong connection with each other. The best way to relieve stress and any other mental disturbance is sleep. It is essential to have knowledge about sleep psychiatry for almost all physicians as they face many sleep-deprived patients in their day to day practice.

  1. Sleep is not only responsible for relieving mental stress and depression but has other benefits as well
  2. Sleep is also essential for the normal physiological growth in early infancy and it is vital for the development of normal alertness, attention and knowledge
  3. It also relaxes our voluntary muscles and thereby, relieves us from physical stress
  4. Sleep disturbance may also aggravate diseases in our body. Sleep is also a state of recovery and healing.

Sleep psychiatry also insists on meditation and ensures that people have a normal pattern of sleep, in order to maintain the mental health of the person in a normal state.
 

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Sleep Disorders - How Homeopathy Can Avert It?

BHMS, MD - Medicine
Homeopathy Doctor, Ghaziabad
Sleep Disorders - How Homeopathy Can Avert It?

In case you are not being able to sleep, you will have to think twice because it is a very important part of your daily actions. However, you will also have to be considerate about the complications that arise on the chance that you lose your sleep. It happens to be the essential ingredient through which you can find your body and nerves at ease. Most important is that a larger part of the human race and its healthy living based entirely on the proper running of the body and for that sleep is a must.

There are part more sorts of rest issues once we dig profound into the issue and not only the issue of insomnia or sleeplessness.

Sleep Disorders

  1. Oversleeping (Hypersomnia): Normal rest therapeutically is said to be between 7 to 9 hours around evening time. In case you're dozing significantly more than this, you do experience the ill effects of hypersomnia. In this issue, individuals experience the ill effects of exorbitant day-time languor and laziness.
  2. Insomnia (Sleeplessness): This is by a long shot the most common issue and numerous individuals today are battling the issue all through the world.
  3. Night fear and bad dreamsNight dread are basic in kids. Scenes of extraordinary crying and dread amid lay down with trouble in stirring the kid can nearly analyze the night fear. There might possibly be any mental and additionally enthusiastic cause connected with such scenes in the youngsters. In any case, amid homeopathic treatment, one needs to consider every such element precisely.
  4. Parasomnia: These are rest issue that effect amid feelings of excitement from the Rapid Eye Movement rest or fractional feelings of excitement from NERM (Non-Rapid-Eye-Movement) rest.

Role of homeopathy in treating sleeping disorders

Homeopathy is of great help in case of sleeping disorders as not only they have zero side effects, but also homeopathy focuses on treating the root cause of the problem. Further, with the help of homeopathic medicine your doctor will prescribe you a list of precautions that you must follow, which will eventually help you to sleep better and the overall quality of sleep will also improve. Moreover, since these medicines are free from side effects, you also don't have to worry about the problem of dependency or addiction to these medicines.

Homeopathic medicines 

  1. Coffea cruda
  2. Ambra grisea
  3. Passiflora

The above-mentioned medicines are on suggestive and based on your symptoms and your background history your doctor will prescribe the correct medicine and will control the frequency along with dosage. 

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Importance Of Sound Sleep!

Dr.Surbhi Dadwal 88% (274ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Shimla
Importance Of Sound Sleep!

Sleep is the best reliever of all stress and physical pain. Not only is it important to get sleep but also to sleep soundly and without any disturbance, as even quality matters. Here are a few tips to get better sleep: 

  1. It is important to maintain the same sleep schedule every single day. This helps to naturalize your body clock and get the best quality sleep.
     
  2. Switch off all mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. Their artificial glow not only hampers your eyesight, but also prolongs the amount of time your body takes to relax and fall off to sleep.
     
  3. If your back pain causes you to continually wake up in the middle of the night in discomfort, then sleep with a pillow or cushion between your legs so as to straighten out your back and relieve pent up stress. 
     
  4. The importance of your pillow can never be stressed upon enough. Your pillow should be not too fat, hard or soft. It should just about support the natural curve of your neck, so that it is perfectly aligned with the centre of your body. Correct sleeping postures are extremely important.
     
  5. Make sure your room is nice and dark so as to stimulate the secretion of a hormone called melatonin that is regulated by light exposure. Darker the room, greater melatonin, making you more sleepy.
     
  6. Those who exercise regularly and well are known to be fitful sleepers. Exercise well before bedtime. If required, do some light yoga or stretching exercises that promote sleep.
     
  7. What you eat throughout the day makes a difference in the quality of your sleep. Stay away from too much caffeine, alcohol, or a heavy meal just before sleeping. They only make you stay awake for longer and may cause heartburn or stomach trouble. Don't drink too much water, or else you will be making more midnight trips to the bathroom than clocking those sleep hours.
     
  8. Try to keep your head clear of all worries and stress when in bed. Regular meditation and deep breathing can help.

There is no end to all the things you can do to sleep well and comfortably. It is important to be self-disciplined to sleep well and hence be a healthy individual.

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Stress & Sleep Disorder - Why Should You Consider Ayurveda Your Rescuer?

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
Stress & Sleep Disorder - Why Should You Consider Ayurveda Your Rescuer?

Are you looking for Ayurvedic treatment for improving your sleep? The principles of Ayurveda state that sufficient sleep along with a proper diet, and wise utilization of energy are important for maintaining good health.

Ayurvedic Consideration:

According to Ayurveda, the vitiation of the three doshas either taken all together or individually may result in sleeplessness. All factors, that are responsible for the aggravation of Vata and/or pitta including environmental and dietary factors play an important role in sleep disturbances. High Vata type of sleeplessness is caused by Vata imbalance or mental stress. People, who toss and turn, unable to fall asleep because their mind is spinning, have this disorder. It results in sadness, fear, worry and rushed activity during the day. Whereas in pitta imbalance, there is intermittent awakening. You may fall asleep quickly, but wake up frequently with a feeling of having faster heartbeats and emotional disturbances such as anger. Another pattern is that you wake up before dawn and find it difficult to go back to sleep. There are certain health principles and ways that you should follow for improving quality of sleep, getting rid of stress and boosting your energy levels.

They are as follows:

  1. Maintain a disciplined sleep schedule: You should be very disciplined regarding your sleep. Try to sleep early which gives you the time to sleep throughout the night. Wake up early the next morning. Your mind is stable, slow and dull from 6 pm to 10 pm. This is a perfect time for getting good sleep.
     
  2. Mindful eating: It is recommended for you to have your dinner early between 6:30 to 7 pm. The Agni (digestive fire) starts cooling down after the sun sets. You can improve your digestion by eating light, early meals. This is beneficial for your sleep quality. While eating, you should avoid doing other activities such as reading books, watching television, or involving yourself in conversations.
     
  3. Oil application: Oil application therapy is a primary part of Ayurvedic treatment for stress and sleep disorder. Applying oil to your feet followed by a good massage is important for improved sleep. There are nerve endings in your feet, which are nourished because of oil massage. Massaging helps in stress relief, makes you feel relaxed, and improves the circulation of the three doshas in their respective channels. As a result of all these, your sleep gets drastically improved. You should consult an Ayurveda Physician who can help you choose from several herbal oils for massage.
     
  4. Pranayama: Pranayama is considered to be very important for improving sleep disorders and stress. Several rounds of alternate nostril breathing or 'Nadi shodhana pranayama' should be undertaken on a regular basis. This is effective for the mind and you are bound to get deeper and longer sleep of high quality.
     
  5. Practice self-compassion: Your wellness and health depend considerably on a balance among your mind, body and soul. It is important for you to keep away from negative vibes and always try to be present in a positive environment. You should be mindful over who you talk to right before going to sleep. Ideally, you should switch off your mobile, computer, television, and social media activities, at least two hours before going to sleep.
     
  6. Regular exercises: Regular exercises are very important for you to stay healthy and fit physically, which in turn helps you to maintain a healthy state of mind. This is vital for improving sleep disorder and eliminating stress.
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