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Could three months of severe sleep deprivation cause lasting

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could three months of severe sleep deprivation cause lasting brain damage
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for this questionYes, it can Sinead.There are many studies showing that sleep deprivation can have long term mental effectslet me know if you have other questions.if done for now, please leave a positive rating above the chat box so I can get credit for helping you todaywe only get credit for helping clients after positive feedbackyou can always reach me with "a question for Dr. Phil" in the medicine, cardiology or pharmacy categories if you have any other questionshere is my website if you need to reach me again:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-irondoc/Thanks for using justanswer.com
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. DavidI am sorry you are not getting proper sleep.sleep is very important to the mind and the brain.many issues can affect sleep.your regular sleep habits can affect sleepmedications and diet and caffeine can affect sleeplack of exercise can cause poor sleepanxiety symptoms can cause you lack of sleep.thyroid problems or hyperthyroidism can cause poor sleepdo you have a doctor you can see who can check for these issues?have you had a sleep study or sleep evaluation yet?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
What have you tried to help with sleep?any medications?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. Davidhaving sleep apnea can also affect your sleep as well.sleep apnea often comes from being overweight and having narrowing of your airwaywhich can cause severe snoring at night time which can disturb sleep
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Melatonin might be a good first option.3 mg 4 hours before bedtime.ask your GP
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
melatonin has a short half life.http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/how-to-use-melatonin-correctly/The first thing to know about melatonin is that its half life is very short, and is only active in your system for about 20 minutestake time-released melatonin 1 to 3 hours prior to the time you usually fall asleepIf it takes an hour or less to fall asleep, then standard melatonin in the lowest mg size is a good option. When to take: One to two hours before desired sleep time.let me know if you have other questions.if done for now, please leave positive rating of 3-5 stars so I can get credit for helping you todaywe only get credit for helping clients after positive feedbackyou can always reach me directly with "a question for Dr. David" in the medicine or oncology categories if you have other questionshere is my website if you need to reach me:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-dr-david/Thanks for using JustAnswers.com
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
this study showed improvement in sleep and used regular melatoninhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23691095