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Sleep Hygeine

The habits that help you get a good night's sleep is called sleep hygiene. The habits that can help you are, limiting daytime naps, sleeping and getting up at a fixed time every day, avoiding caffeinated drinks before bedtime, avoiding fatty foods at night, and exercise.

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I have a disturbed sleep and morning drowsiness. Pease help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 56 years old and self-employed. I do not have much work for the last few months as I have reduced my business for a gradual retirement. I go to bed at about 10 PM. I get up once in between for urination. Most of the day, in the last few months, my sleep gets disturbed at about 4 AM a...  Read Full »

Dr. Duraikannan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query. You are suffering from two problems. One is nasal block and the other is sleep disturbance, which may be insomnia. You can stop Xaria plus (combination of Montelukast and Fexofenadine). Instead of that you can take Flutiflo-FT - F...  Read Full »

Are my lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis due to somniphobia?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have somniphobia. Last time, I experienced two episodes of false awakening, lucid dreaming, and sleep paralysis all in one night. Experiencing these three phenomena in one night has made me scared to sleep. What should I do?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I can understand your concern. Experiencing false awakenings, lucid dreams, and sleep paralysis can be unsettling, but they are relatively common and often not harmful. Somniphobia or fear of sleep can indeed develop after such e...  Read Full »

I am addicted to Benadryl. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am spending sleepless nights. I am struggling to fall asleep and often get disturbed by dreams. I feel restless legs throughout the night. The next morning when I wake up I feel fatigue. I am addicted to Benadryl to get sleep. But, I am trying to avoid it now. Please guide me for a s...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your complaints, it seems that you might have developed dependence on Benadryl. And it is quite possible that due to this dependence you might be having these symptoms. Benadryl is basically a Codeine-based cough syrup, which is an antitussive agent OTC (over...  Read Full »

Does taking Stalopam affect the sound sleep of my mother?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 51 years old. Over 9 years she is unable to sleep properly either in the day as well as night. She started to feel irritated and we consulted one of our family doctor and he suggested to start Stalopam plus. But now a days even after taking the same medicine she is not gettin...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the prescription attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Diagnosis was anxiety with insomnia for which Stalopam plus (Escitalopram) was prescribed. It seems she has developed tolerance to this drug. So, either dose should be in...  Read Full »

I have been having insomnia after my brother's loss. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34-year-old woman struggling with insomnia after the loss of my elder brother. I find it challenging to maintain a healthy sleep routine among my responsibilities. Beyond general sleep hygiene practices, are there specific relaxation techniques or lifestyle adjustments that could h...  Read Full »

Dr. Vipul Chelabhai Prajapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq, and thank you for choosing us as your provider for healthcare. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. I understand the immense grief and challenging insomnia you are experiencing after the loss of your brother. Losing a loved one, especially a close...  Read Full »

I have severe palpitations despite normal heart tests. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an episode of severe palpitations early this year, following which I went through ECG, 2D echo, stress test, and troponin. All the tests were normal. I have been experiencing intermittent chest, neck, and back pain since two years. The doctor started with Nebicard SM 5 mg, which ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Anxiety is widespread amongst healthy young adults these days. Most often, palpitation is not as a result of a heart problem. I usually advise my patients to engage in exercises like Yoga or deep breathing exercises. Getting adequate sl...  Read Full »

I feel my sleep cycle has got disturbed due to my job. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 30-year-old female working as a traffic police officer for the past two years. My sleep cycle has been disturbed due to emergency duties. How can I improve my sleep? How do irregular or emergency-driven work schedules impact sleep patterns? Are there specific sleep hygiene practi...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are elated to have you on board at It is essential to maintain a work-life balance in life. If you do not sleep sufficiently, then your health and mind will be affected. You will experience fatigue, irritability, restlessness, forgetfulness, headache, a...  Read Full »

I get sudden shock sensation in sleep lasting for about 5 to 10 seconds. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had a very weird experience last night. I woke up suddenly, I am guessing I was in the middle of a dream and felt an electric shock type sensation going through my body, and I could not move. The closest thing I can think of close to it was when I was a kid and touched the metal water ...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history, it looks like a sleep parasomnic event. It mostly happens in the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep, which is a deep sleep phase. In that phase muscle tone of the whole body is reduced and if someone awakens prematurely in this phase will be unab...  Read Full »

Due to my busy schedule, I have sleep deprivation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a busy schedule, and it is leading to chronic sleep deprivation. Can you provide recommendations on how to address sleep deprivation, establish a healthier sleep routine, and manage the impact on my overall health based on my individual lifestyle and sleep challenges?Please help....  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You may have a sleep disorder due to a stressful lifestyle. There is non-pharmacological management for it. I suggest you follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. Exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like at le...  Read Full »

I get disturbed sleep during night and could sleep only in the morning these days. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, It has been a week now and yet I feel like I do not get enough sleep. I would sleep from 1 AM onwards but tend to wake up every hour and my sleep feels like it is not in deep sleep. I could get a deep sleep only aound morning 5-6 AM and woke up at 10-11 AM. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, this pandemic is causing a lot of stress in everybody is mind. We all processing information at the conscious subconscious and unconscious level of our brain. Sometimes that is to this kind of disturbance in biological rhythms. Along with that at times people s...  Read Full »

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