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10 Things You Should Know About Narcolepsy

10 Things You Should Know About Narcolepsy

Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 16:38:54 in Healthy Living

“As a lifelong insomniac I think I would rather have narcolepsy.”

Katherine McGlynn on Dec 10, 2013 at 11:27:39

“We don't sleep at night.”

LineKr on Dec 3, 2013 at 19:53:49

“That's an utterly ignorant comment. I know genuine Insomnia also has severe impact, but the comment clarly shows that you lack even the most basic knowledge about Narcolepsy/Cataplexy Syndrome. The disorder comes with a long list of symptoms which affects every minute and every aspect of life. Severe forms (not two individuals are completey alike) are extremely disabling and may ruin peoples lives completely.”

Eelia Haney on Dec 1, 2013 at 23:36:27

“we have that too! would never wish this upon anyone!”

gmb007 on Nov 27, 2013 at 18:57:33

“NO, you don't. LOL :)

~ a lifelong narcoleptic”
Rand Paul Threatens To Hold Up Janet Yellen Nomination To Fed: Report

Rand Paul Threatens To Hold Up Janet Yellen Nomination To Fed: Report

Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 16:17:37 in Politics

“"It is also important to focus on the fact that the Federal Reserve is structurally flawed. The institution needs to be reformed to prevent Yellen, or any other future nominee, from using the enormous power of the Fed to aid and abet the allies of big government."

Which allies would those be? The too-big-to-fail banks? Wall Street? I thought those were his friends.”
You Don't <em>Need</em> A Pill To Fall Asleep (VIDEO)

You Don't Need A Pill To Fall Asleep (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 17:51:18 in Healthy Living

“You Don't Need A Pill To Fall Asleep

Oh, yes, I do. I haven't found anything that works better.

I would probably drop Dr. Winter after one consultation. He doesn't seem to care whether his patients sleep or not. He just doesn't want them taking pills.”

Erica Jimenez on Sep 10, 2013 at 00:26:40

“I agree with you, I've had Insomnia since I was a teen (15years old) and now I am 33 and still cant sleep without taking some kind of sleeping aid. When people don't go thru what we go thru they shouldn't even talk. It is stressful as hell...N I wouldn't wish it on anyone... I know Tylenol PM is bad for the liver but that's the only thing that will put me out (after a couple doses) I am lucky if I get 4 hours of sleep a day...it sux, but what can we do... had Ambien Rx but that just made me sick to my stomach... so had to go back on Tylenol PM... :(”
Happiness Could Help You Sleep Better, Study Finds

Happiness Could Help You Sleep Better, Study Finds

Commented May 6, 2013 at 17:18:39 in Healthy Living

“So that's why I can't get a good night's sleep. I must be unhappy.

What can I do about it? I can't help being an angry old man.”
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? (VIDEO)

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? (VIDEO)

Commented May 4, 2013 at 17:43:08 in Healthy Living

“I read Roger Ekirch's book a few years ago and discovered that my sleep pattern was more like that of the pre-industrial age that Ekirch describes than today where we have to pack all of our sleep into an eight-hour period so that we can get to work on time.

Now that I'm retired I sleep for 3-4 hours (I can never sleep more than that at one time), then I take a sleep aid, have a snack, read for an hour or so, and I usually drift off to sleep for a few more hours (if I'm lucky).”
Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body

Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 17:46:14 in Healthy Living

“I still don't know what it is.

Can you learn it from a book?”

Allan Beveridge on May 1, 2013 at 11:19:56

“Yes and no. If you are interested check out this basic essay on relaxation and meditation (if you are not a spiritual person you can simply focus on the parts of the essay that don't match your belief system).

http://thetwinpowers.com/en/index.php/section-3-spiritual-development/relaxation-and-meditation
Mindfulness Meditation Could Lower Levels Of Cortisol, The Stress Hormone

Mindfulness Meditation Could Lower Levels Of Cortisol, The Stress Hormone

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 17:21:45 in Healthy Living

“How does one measure "mindfulness?" If you can't measure it, is it still science?”

leftneckgirl on Apr 1, 2013 at 18:52:52

“The operational definition of mindfulness was participation in the retreat.”
Can't Sleep? The Bedtime Rituals That Help <em>You</em> Doze Off

Can't Sleep? The Bedtime Rituals That Help You Doze Off

Commented Mar 4, 2013 at 18:22:28 in Healthy Living

“Same here. The first three or four hours are easy. After that all bets are off. It's been like this for 30 years. I follow all the standard advice for sleep hygiene and good health and that doesn't make any difference.

Now my routine is to take a sleep aid when I wake up (I alternate every three nights among zolpidem, diphenhydramine HCl, and doxylamine succinate). Then I have a light snack (milk and granola bar), read for an hour or so, and then (hopefully) get a few more hours of sleep. It has generally worked quite well.”

j hawkins on Mar 5, 2013 at 09:13:34

“Benedryl seems to help me once in awhile.”
How Much Do You Know About Sleep? (QUIZ)

How Much Do You Know About Sleep? (QUIZ)

Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 17:22:35 in Healthy Living

“I got 11 out of 12 but that's not because I'm a good sleeper. I have simply read a lot of books on how to get better sleep.

As for the question about sleep medications, I gave the "right" answer but that doesn't mean I don't use them. In fact I use them every night, otherwise I would never get more than 4 hours of sleep.”

opinionator63 on Jan 27, 2013 at 20:35:03

“Have you tried just taking melatonin 1/2 hour before bed? That's more effective than sleeping pills, and if you drink a glass of warm water with it, that's even better. Seriously. As you know the sleep medications interfere w/ your REM sleep and the overall pattern of your sleep, so you get more and more sleep deprived, even though you are "sleeping". Melatonin, on the other hand, is natural and does not interfere w/ real sleep. Being an insomniac is tough. I'm one too, but I also get some of my best work done in the middle of the night, which is a luxury, I realize, if you have to get up early for work.”
Hypersomnia Sleep Disorder Caused Woman To Sleep 18 Hours A Day (VIDEO)

Hypersomnia Sleep Disorder Caused Woman To Sleep 18 Hours A Day (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 16:40:22 in Healthy Living

“How I envy her!!

The best sleep I ever had was under anesthesia following surgery.

I wish I could experience that feeling every night.”

rabird13 on Feb 22, 2014 at 01:18:19

“I have Organic(with a cause) Hypersomnia. It is definitely not something to envy. I can barely function. After working, which literally takes everything out of me, I can do one errand a day, and no more than 2-3 a week. I come home and am asleep by 4 or 5, sleep a good two hours, and then back to sleep by 9. On the weekends, I sleep until noon, take a three hour nap and then asleep by 10. It is a horrible way to live. I have almost no social live and zero creativity. This is no way to live.”

Wendy Bowerman on May 11, 2013 at 14:17:22

“no you do not....trust me. It is like an anesthesia that never quits. It is constant. Best I can descripe it is like having anestheia drip. No matter how much you good sleep you get the stuper and drowiness never go away. Imagine that "best sleep" never ever being enough. It is horriable, I deal with it everyday!! I cannot drive because I fall asleep....I even fall alseep on the commode!!”
12 American Companies Freaking Out About The Fiscal Cliff

12 American Companies Freaking Out About The Fiscal Cliff

Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 16:21:54 in Business

“Thanks for the picture. I have been wondering what the fiscal cliff looks like. Now I know.”
Elderly Sleep Habits Are Not Too Different From Younger Adults, Study Suggests

Elderly Sleep Habits Are Not Too Different From Younger Adults, Study Suggests

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 17:30:16 in Healthy Living

“"University of Pittsburgh researchers conducted a survey of 1,116 people ages 65 and older who are retired, and found that more than half of them get around 7.5 hours of sleep per night, at least, and sleep generally between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m."

What about the other half?

That's the group I belong to.”

kenda524 on Nov 26, 2012 at 18:25:39

“I am over 65 and I wake up every 2 hours and I'm lucky if I get 4 hours total sleep. I don't sleep during the day.”
Lose Weight To Sleep Better

Lose Weight To Sleep Better

Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 17:17:15 in Healthy Living

“Lose weight to sleep better? Maybe yes. Maybe no.

As I was approaching my 60th birthday I decided to lose my middle-age spread and get back in shape. After nearly two years of dieting and exercise my BMI was down to 20.5. I could see my abs again. Did I sleep any better?

NO!!

I was still experiencing the same crummy sleep that I had for years--averaging between 4 and 5 hours of sleep a night.

Losing weight might help some people get better sleep but I think that sleep is more complex than we realize and simple nostrums like "drink some herbal tea" or "take a warm bath" don't really get to the heart of the matter.”
Insomniacs 'Six Times More Likely To Develop Diabetes' Study Finds

Insomniacs 'Six Times More Likely To Develop Diabetes' Study Finds

Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 16:31:24 in UK Lifestyle

“There might be something to this finding. I have suffered from insomnia for years. At my last physical my fasting blood glucose was in the zone considered to be Type II diabetes. It's gone down since then but by measuring my own blood glucose I find it is high after nights in which I have slept poorly but more normal after nights when I get an adequate amount of sleep.”
The Message of Winter: Every Season Is a Rite of Passage

The Message of Winter: Every Season Is a Rite of Passage

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 18:40:03 in Healthy Living

“Even though (or, perhaps, because) I grew up in Minnesota, I have always hated winter. Now I'm living in New York State which has winters that are not much better. I suppose I should tough it out but I'm always too cold to enjoy it.

I like to take a brisk walk for at least 45 minutes each day but today I had to give up before 30 minutes had passed. And I was wearing my battery-powered heated gloves!”
We Need to Eliminate the Phrase 'I Can't Sleep'

We Need to Eliminate the Phrase 'I Can't Sleep'

Commented Oct 9, 2013 at 17:03:48 in Healthy Living

“Well, if I ever decide to consult a sleep doctor it won't be Dr. Winter.

Of course, I sleep (duh!!). But only four hours at most. I just don't think that's enough.

So every night I take a sleep aid when I wake up in the hopes of getting a few more hours of sleep. I would give them up if I could but I haven't found anything else that works.”

jimmymanners on Oct 10, 2013 at 08:14:21

“You've conditioned yourself to need that sleep aid. You don't believe you can sleep without it. If you remove it and deal with the factors that are really the problem (diet, stress, a bad mattress, etc.) then eventually you will be able to sleep normally. It will not happen overnight.”

hp blogger Dr. Christopher Winter on Oct 9, 2013 at 23:49:38

“Sorry I wasted your time Copake. I wish you all the best with you sleep problem. Perhaps with a solution to your sleep difficulties will come a more pleasant attitude.”
Blocking Blue Light Helps Sleep

Blocking Blue Light Helps Sleep

Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 16:59:43 in Healthy Living

“As a lifelong insomniac I am often awake for several hours in the middle of the night. I try to relax and get back to sleep by reading.

If I followed this advice I would have to spend several hours sitting in the dark.

Shoot me now!!”
huffingtonpost entry

The Difference Between Natural and Chemically-Induced Sleep

Commented Aug 20, 2013 at 17:09:18 in Healthy Living

“Hi Gayle,

I read your book a few years ago. I guess we share the same problem. People who don't know what it's like to fight for sleep every night just don't understand. Which is worse--chemically-induced sleep or 4 hours of sleep night after night? Thanks for your comment.

Copake (earlier comment)”
huffingtonpost entry

The Difference Between Natural and Chemically-Induced Sleep

Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 17:34:26 in Healthy Living

“I have suffered from sleep maintenance insomnia (early waking) for decades. Now I take a sleep aid every night. I use three different ones and rotate through them every three nights to avoid problems like heart palpitations that come with daily use of the same sleep aid.

The other night I decided to try going without and I never got back to sleep. Total amount of sleep: 4 hours. After that experience I decided I wouldn't try that again.

If there were a way to get a good night's sleep without sleep aids I would do it but I don't know of anything that works better.”

Elena Z on Sep 8, 2013 at 10:56:30

“You say: "If there were a way to get a good night's sleep without sleep aids I would do it but I don't know of anything that works better."

So, when someone tells you that there is a better alternative, you do not want to know or try this? I do not see anywhere that you have tried what Dr. Garber suggests... What's your take on this?”
huffingtonpost entry

Why Sleep Tips Don't Work

Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 17:57:00 in Healthy Living

“This is the best post on the subject of sleep I have seen here in months.

How did it get past the editors? All I ever seem to find in the Huff Po are tips for better sleep. I've tried them all and they don't help me.

Some might say the author's view is cynical. I say it is realistic.

Maybe the "sleep tips" help some to achieve healthy sleep but they don't help everyone.”
huffingtonpost entry

Insomnia Impairs Emotional Regulation

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 17:58:44 in Healthy Living

“So, does depression cause insomnia or does insomnia cause depression? I always assumed it was the former but perhaps I was wrong.

I suffered from both in my 30s. Now I am approaching 70 and insomnia is still a problem but not depression.”
Insomnia May Triple Risk of Heart Failure

Insomnia May Triple Risk of Heart Failure

Commented May 25, 2013 at 17:04:40 in Healthy Living

“Totally agree.

My doctors have been useless at dealing with insomnia.

I follow all the usual advice on sleep hygiene without any results.

I don't have any good reason to lie awake at night with worry except for these articles that say I'm doomed to die an early death because of my insomnia.

Oh well.”
huffingtonpost entry

Zolpidem-Related ER Visits Have Increased Sharply

Commented May 10, 2013 at 18:56:01 in Healthy Living

“I rely on Zolpidem about every three nights to help me get back to sleep. And it is effective. I do recall, however, that the first night I took it I awoke the next morning with a very sore eye. Somehow I must have scratched my eye during the night with my fingernail.

I wish there were better ways of getting sleep but I haven't found them yet so I'm not giving up the Zolpidem.”
Free Advice May Lead Insomniacs to Make Unhelpful Changes

Free Advice May Lead Insomniacs to Make Unhelpful Changes

Commented May 3, 2013 at 20:09:01 in Healthy Living

“I have suffered from sleep maintenance insomnia for decades and have been curious about cognitive behavior therapy. Does it work for everybody or are there some insomniacs it cannot help? Have any HuffPost readers tried it?

By the way, it has been my experience that general physicians don't really know how to treat insomnia. One doctor recommended all sorts of herbal remedies that were completely ineffective for me. The other only prescribes Ambien which I must admit does help.”
Exercise Gives a Big Boost to Sleep

Exercise Gives a Big Boost to Sleep

Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 17:22:08 in Healthy Living

“I guess I must be among the 33-44 percent of exercisers who don't report having a good night's sleep every night or almost every night. It doesn't work for me. On the other hand my sleep might be even worse if I didn't exercise at all.”

lizp33558 on Apr 17, 2013 at 05:22:39

“copake- i'm right there with you, exercixe everyday, hae terrible insomnia”
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