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I would like to ask you abotu how can i decrease my stress level i think alot and its really difficult for me to sleep at night it takes 2 -3 hrs fo rme to sleep on the bed at night i want to over come to this situation i have stress i want to make my routine normal kindly help me out with this info Thank you.


Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.

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Dear friend,

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I believe that I can help.

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What do you think about during those two to three waking hours whilst lying in your bed?

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You may respond by typing and then clicking Reply.

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I will give you several minutes and then I shall continue.

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Dear friend,

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There are several things that you can do. It seems that you are suffering from a bit of anxiety or even depression and this is keeping your mind occupied.

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Try to avoid all caffeine products except in the morning. Avoid other stimulants as well.

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Engage in some light exercise (brisk walk) about 2 hours before retiring, if possible.

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After your exercise, take the following three herbal supplements (these are not over-the-counter chemical drugs or prescription drugs, but natural supplements:

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-5-HTP

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-melatonin (regulates your circadian body rhythm or body clock)

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-valerian root (a plant root that promotes natural sleep).

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Listen to relaxing music as you fall asleep.

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If you can change some of the lifestyle (including work or business) stressors you will have less to worry about as you try to settle into sleep.

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If you cannot reduce your stressful circumstances then you can chat with a counsellor who can help you to find coping mechanisms for the particular stressors in your life.

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There are also also over-the-counter sleep aids sold under many brand names and containing the compound diphenhydramine (commonly called benadryl in some parts of the world). This can be used in moderation.

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Finally, your doctor may wish to treat you for anxiety, either on the short term (with a low dose of the benzodiazepine drug clonazepam) or with something longer lasting such as bupropion (Wellbutrin).

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Some doctors prescribe quetiapine (Seroquel) but this is a powerful antipsychotic and should probably be avoided. It will make you sleep, but has too many adverse affects.

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The very best approach is always to try to locate the sources of stress and then deal with them through learning coping mechanisms.

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Let me recommend a wonderful book available at amazon.co.uk. Here is the link:

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I wish you great success in finding the pathway to good sleep. The tips I have given you plus the wonderful guidebook should make a difference.

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Warm regards,

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Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC

Customer:

I think about my future and hre and there than i finally stnad up and walk a bit and than get back to sleep i m also suffering from hsv 2 also i got alopeccia areta some dotors says i get alopecia areta due to stress so i really dont understand whats leading me nto to sleep good i have a very weak sleep even a clock can wake me up very consious sleep i have i want to sleep deep so that my body gets relaxed.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Some of your stress comes from worry about the HSV and you alopecia.

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Did you know that HSV can cause hair loss?

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Here is an interesting article from a doctor who has HSV with hair loss. He tells how he cured it and strengthened his entire health system by changing his diet radically.

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Here is his story.

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http://users.accesscomm.ca/john/Herpes.html

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I trust that this additional information and the connection between HSV and hair loss will help you and your physicians.

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Right now you must break the cycle of insomnia with the techniques and/or medications that I have mentioned before.

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Warm regards,

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Elliott

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