Q&A: What has the symptoms of insomnia and lack of appetite?

Question by Z: What has the symptoms of insomnia and lack of appetite?
Hey there. I have a friend who hasn’t been eating a lot for awhile now. She never ever gets hungry, or any sort of gnawing pain in her stomach. She just gets a small feel of emptiness inside and she forces herself to eat at least a meal a day so she doesn’t starve on accident.
She also feels tired occassionally, but she never actually is sleepy. Recently, she couldn’t sleep for several hours until about 6 AM or so, when she just passed out on her bed.
Are these the symptoms of something? Is there any way to treat this?
If it helps any, she stays up late, and doesn’t eat a lot in general, though she has a fast metabolism.
I’m sure she isn’t anorexic. She doesn’t force herself to be skinny, but she doesn’t eat a lot in general. (Too busy with other things, she says.) But she still eats snacks from time to time when she IS busy. However, she IS rather underweight. It’s also hard to tell if she’s pale since she’s tanned anyway. Her hair has gotten a little nappy since summer started.

Her insomnia might be caused by caffeine intake and her bad sleeping schedule. I’m sure that can be fixed though with tiring her out enough (exercise, doing something tiring and exciting during the day, etc…). As for the loss of appetite, though, I’m still not sure what to do.
She also told me she felt like she wanted to vomit a few times and that she feels pretty ill.
Another thing one of my friends came up with… The hours of sleep affect your appetite. If you don’t sleep enough, you get hungrier, but if you sleep too much, you don’t have an appetite. It makes sense, but would this be a possibility, you guys think? I’m hoping it is, because then it wouldn’t be as serious. As for the insomnia in general, it might be the abuse of caffeine mixed with a bad sleeping schedule. (Before she started having this problem, she would sleep at around 2 to 4 AM for about ten to twelve hours. Now she sleeps about nine hours, at 6 or 7 AM to around 3 PM.)

Best answer:

Answer by ima…..
Anorexia Nervosa may be causing other problems like anemia, general weakness etc.
Get her checked up.
Good luck!
PS- (after ad det)- If it is not deliberate, she needs check up. Make sure her liver functions are OK. If she eats in between meals, she will not feel hungry at meal time. She has to make a regular routine. I understand that it may be difficult, but it’s necessary for maintaining good health. Eat healthy and go for physical exercise daily.

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3 Responses to Q&A: What has the symptoms of insomnia and lack of appetite?

  1. skanktale says:

    If there is a problem from her lifestyle it will be observable as she will be underweight. On the other hand, her weight may be actually being maintained by beverages and she could have a lack of nutrients. Sometimes sleep problems come from caffeine abuse, but most of the time they are caused by bad sleep habits and lack of exercise, rarely they are caused by something more serious such as major sleep disorder as well. Generally only fairly active people have a fast metabolism. If she is not suffering from anorexia or bulimia, there is probably nothing wrong with her eating habits. People who don’t get enough nutrients exhibit some serious symptoms for example pale skin from lack of protein, sweating, mental confusion, poor memory, weakness, night blindness and heart palpitations. It can also be visible in their appearance presenting as skin conditions, poor hair quality and thin nails.

  2. kathy b says:

    sounds like depression, but she needs real medical advice.

  3. Duck Soup says:

    Insomnia means difficulty sleeping. By not sleeping normally, the body is saying that something is not right. Any number of factors may be the cause such as stress, illness, overweight, depression, anxiety, or drugs. Jet lag, arguing, or lack of exercise may also cause it. Insomnia is not a side effect of aging. It is likely to be a symptom for physical or emotional problems.

    Symptoms of insomnia:
    * Trouble falling asleep (taking longer than 45 minutes).
    * Cannot stay asleep during the night.
    * Waking up several times in the night.
    * Problems with waking up earlier than usual.
    * Increased daytime fatigue and agitation.
    * Trouble coping.
    * A combination of any of the above symptoms.

    Types of insomnia:
    * Short-term insomnia may last until the problem is resolved. It is often due to worry over a stressful situation such as divorce, noise, pain, stress, work stress, or grief.
    * Long-term insomnia may persist for months or years. Causes may be factors like general anxiety, chronic pain, depression, other physical disorders, or drugs.

    Restful sleep restores energy and allows the body to renew itself. It keeps the body’s immune system strong. Restful sleep is important to well-being. Try these tips to improve sleep and avoid insomnia:
    * Lose weight if you’re overweight.
    * Don’t watch TV, or do work while in bed.
    * Eat lightly if it is late at night.
    * Do not drink alcohol within 6 hours of bedtime.
    * Avoid caffeine after the morning hours.
    * Avoid daytime naps.
    * Exercise 30 to 60 minutes every day.
    * Try a hot bath and a cup of warm milk before bed.

    If these tips do not work, you may have a medical condition that needs to be evaluated. Never take over-the-counter sleeping aids, including melatonin, without seeking medical advice first. Sleeping pills of any kind should be a last resort.

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