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Can fasting improve insomnia?

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Posted on Wed, 9 May 2018
Question: Can fasting improve insomnia?
To fast safely do I need professional supervsion or
blood tests?
Is fasting safe for slender people?
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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
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
I was not expecting insomnia to improve during the fast, but what
about afterwards?
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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
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (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
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can fasting improve insomnia?

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