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Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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  • Wake up early in the morning

  • Restlessness when sleeping

  • Staying awake all night and sleeping during day

  • Waking up in the early morning

  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Wake up in the middle of the night

  • Difficulty staying asleep

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About the symptom

Trouble falling or staying asleep. It can be caused by many different physical or psychiatric conditions.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Photophobia

  • Change in personality

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Abdominal pain

Possible causes

  • Sleep disorder

    Sleep disorders are conditions that affect the quality, timing, or duration of your sleep, impacting your ability to function when you're awake. There are many types of sleep disorders, including disturbances in sleep quality or quantity, excessive daytime sleepiness, abnormal behaviors during sleep, sleep disorders related to mental disorders, and more.

  • Anxiety

    Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition in which a person experiences intense, excessive, and persistent worry about a variety of things for six or more months. While anxiety is normal in stressful situations, excessive anxiety can be an indicator of an underlying anxiety disorder and interfere with daily living.

  • Alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

    A condition in which the patient depends on alcohol and experiences withdrawal symptoms if they don't have a drink. These symptoms can range from mild (e.g., irritation, sleeplessness) to severe (confusion, coma, seizures).

  • Hyperventilation syndrome . panic disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Psychogenic vomiting

Related serious diseases

  • Exploding head syndrome (EHS)

    Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a sleep disorder where someone hears a loud noise or explosive crashing sound in their head. The sound isn't real or heard by anyone else.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you struggle with insomnia?

  • Do you have a reversed sleep schedule?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

  • Do you feel you fatigued?

  • Do you have a reduced appetite and eat less food?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

References

  • Insomnia

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insomnia/

Reviewed By:

Charles Carlson, DO, MS

Charles Carlson, DO, MS (Psychiatry)

Dr. Carlson graduated from Touro University in Nevada with a degree in osteopathic medicine. He then trained as a resident in Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals where he was also a chief resident and completed a fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry. After training, he started practicing in | Addiction Psychiatry at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he also teaches Psychiatry residents.

Yu Shirai, MD

Yu Shirai, MD (Psychiatry)

Dr. Shirai works at the Yotsuya Yui Clinic for mental health treatment for English and Portuguese-speaking patients. He treats a wide range of patients from neurodevelopmental disorders to dementia in children and participates in knowledge sharing through the Diversity Clinic.

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