I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
YANMD. I have an appointment at CannaCare in South Boston to be evaluated for medical marijuana. What to expect? [more inside]
How do I get a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts? [more inside]
My husband frequently has to work overnight, leaving me alone in the house. I've been having a lot of trouble and worry over sleeping at night when he's gone, and it's eating into my day. What else can I try? Details inside. [more inside]
I just mailed off a Very Important Application. How do I remain calm in the weeks or months before I hear back? [more inside]
Weighted blanket: good idea, or recipe for pickier sleep habits? This special snowflake travels a lot for work, has dust mite allergies, and dehydrates easily during sleep. [more inside]
For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again. I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign? I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
Lately I've been having this horrible anxiety/insomnia the night before important presentations or other work events. How can I fix this? [more inside]
My doctor's office is closed today but I am in desperate need of a good night's sleep tonight. Weird adrenal "fight or flight" response kicks in every time I'm about to hit REM. [more inside]
Help me get over my irrational fear of sleep medication. [more inside]
Insomnia-filter: Help this stressed-out couch-sleeper re-learn how to sleep in the bedroom (with television). [more inside]
How can I get to sleep sooner? [more inside]
Doctor-Filter: I have an appointment scheduled to see a doctor this afternoon about some... sensitive issues. I'm wondering how free I should be with the information I give them, and whether or not certain factors might discourage them from giving me the treatment I feel like I need. [more inside]
Dear Type A personality, what helps you ward off insomnia? [more inside]
Every night when I get in bed I have an existential crisis that makes falling asleep difficult. What can I do? [more inside]
Just as I'm falling asleep, I'm startled awake. Either it's a rush of that nervous "butterflies" in my stomach or it's a twitch in a muscle. Then I'm wide awake again. Every time I try to fall asleep it happens, waking me up. It's been getting worse over the past week or two, and last night I got no sleep at all. What is this and what can I do about it?