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Can fasting improve insomnia?

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Can fasting improve insomnia?
To fast safely do I need professional supervsion or
blood tests?
Is fasting safe for slender people?
Wed, 9 May 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
no, would not help

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

No , fasting will not help insomnia, may worsen it for some persons.

In fasting, certain hormone in the body are increased, this includes the hormone orexin.
Orexin increases wakefulness, there is actually a new sleep medication that works by preventing the action of orexin.

Slender persons can fast if they wish

I hope this helps,feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Can fasting improve insomnia? 1 hour later
I was not expecting insomnia to improve during the fast, but what
about afterwards?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
has not been shown to help

Detailed Answer:
HI

At the moment there is no evidence that fasting improves insomnia either during or after.

Everyone reacts differently to a situation, just because it does not help most other persons does not mean it would not have a positive effect for you.
You do not need to see a doctor unless you are a diabetic on insulin and might have low blood sugars as a result
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Follow-up: Can fasting improve insomnia? 2 hours later
thank you. That is very useful information.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
no problem

Detailed Answer:
HI

Glad to help, if I can help you further, let me know
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