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Dr. Wei-shin Lai

Family Medicine
University Park, PA
20 years experience female

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Bio

Board Certified in Family Medicine with a special interest in Sleep Medicine. Currently the CEO of AcousticSheep LLC, makers of SleepPhones, the world's most comfortable headphones for sleeping.

Specialties
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Family Medicine

Languages spoken

English, Mandarin

Doctor Q&A

82 Answers
23 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: It's an extremely rare illness and tends to be hereditary. But if you are not tired despite not sleeping as much as usual (and you're not taking any d... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Thyroid: If you frequently feel warm when everyone else would feel cold, then you may have an over active thyroid. There is a simple blood test your doctor can... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
They are unrelated: Unfortunately, your genetics probably has more to do with the dark circles than your sleep habits. Concealer works great for dark circles. Making sure... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Left side: Lying down on your left side puts less pressure on the portal vein on the right which backs up in the blood vessels causing hemorrhoid.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
12-16 hours: I assume you're not looking for the world record but just the normal range for age 36. A normal healthy person may sleep anywhere from 5-10 hours. Mos... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No.: No, equate brand sleep aid contains the same ingredient as benedryl. You don't need to be 18 to buy it. You can't get high from it. It would make you ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Probably: It does depend on why you have a splint there. If you are wearing a splint for a chronic problem (like carpal tunnel), i'd wear it at night, so you ca... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
They are unrelated: Unfortunately, your genetics probably has more to do with the dark circles than your sleep habits. Concealer works great for dark circles. Making sure... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Doctor: It sounds like it's been going on for a few days? If that's the case, perhaps there's something bothering him a lot emotionally. Talk to him and see w... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Laser hair removal: It's unfortunate and infections are definitely a problem. See if you can convince your insurance to pay for laser hair removal. If you've had document... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Organic: Organic foods don't just help your body, they help the environment as a whole.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Ignore: New studies on probiotics are promising! check with your GI doctor to make sure it's safe for you.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Water, noise: I wonder why you want to sleep lighter. It's not really healthy to not have deep sleep. But if you are worried about not waking up when your alarm goe... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, oranges are healthy foods. It would simply count as a serving of carbohydrates.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Carpal tunnel: You must have your hand folded down sometimes during sleep. If you hold that position for long enough, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can result. Wea... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Depression: It sounds like you may have depression. It's a common problem for young adults. The sleep may be a symptom or a contributing factor. Most of the time,... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
As: As your belly enlarges, sleep is harder. Bellyrest pillows (see amazon) can help support it.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Avoid: Avoid too many heat treatments of hair. It dries out hair.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
More: More important to buy organic meat than veggies.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Get: Get a doggy bag at the beginning to put away excess food for later so you don't over eat.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Nuts: Nuts are great for their protein and healthy fats.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Sleeping too much: Age 18, you've either got mono or you're just sleeping too much and not getting enough exercise. If your sleep schedule is irregular, you can be tired... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Sleep deprivation is a method of torture. Without sleep, your brain cannot recover some important chemicals necessary for life. But it really takes a ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: It's fine to drink water, cold or warm after talking a lot. If you are hoarse from talking cold liquids may actually help a little bit.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Accidents and weight: The biggest risk is falling asleep at the wheel. It also makes you gain weight because the hormones produced during sleep suppress appetite. Plus, the... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: As long as it's on low, the air circulation and white noise helps some people sleep better. It should not dry out the sinuses. But if you sleep with y... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Will: Will I need to take altitude sickness medication for where I'm going?
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Although: Although some mushrooms are edible, all must be cooked to destroy harmful volatile chemicals.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
They are unrelated: Unfortunately, your genetics probably has more to do with the dark circles than your sleep habits. Concealer works great for dark circles. Making sure... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Normal for you.: Some people are simply wired that way. You may not have a disorder at all. There are rare cases of chronic hypomania in which someone is always in the... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Feeling how?: How does high blood pressure feel? Do you mean feeling angry, hot, sweaty, headache, can't breath, chest pain, feeling your heart beating, or what? ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Dehydration: The lack of eating is okay, but the lack of drinking can really cause problems. Dehydration can cause major problems, including kidney issues, etc. If... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
We don't.: Most people don't run a higher temp while sleeping. It's the same as usual, because we are mammals, warm-blooded, and maintain homeostasis. During cer... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
See doctor: Is this something that is getting worse over weeks or did it just happen once? And if you really meant that you couldn't see for *minutes* then you sh... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Normal: Mine does that too. He could run a mild fever afterwards, and that can cause some fatigue. They quickly bounce back!
A male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Bee sting: Could be a simple mosquito bite, bee sting, or lyme disease from a tick. I recommend getting it checked out by a doctor, especially if the red splotch... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
See a doctor: Most headaches get better during sleep, not worse. If you are waking up from sleep with a headache, there's something wrong. A couple problems are com... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Dietician: It sound like you aren't digesting well, and your acsites may be causing you to not have room in your stomach. Check with your doctor to see if there ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Cramps can be unpredictable. Unfortunately they can sometimes be affected by changes in body position, actuvity level, food, temperature, fatigue/stre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Some parents prefer natural fibers like cotton, but polyester is fine. Unlike cotton, if it catches fire, it melts rather than burns. That's the main... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: As long as it's on low, the air circulation and white noise helps some people sleep better. It should not dry out the sinuses. But if you sleep with y... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Alcohol, No caffeine: If you drink alcohol the night before, it can cause a hangover. If you are used to caffeine through the weekdays, not having any on the weekends can c... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Not tetanus: You have up to 72 hours after the cut to get a tetanus shot. But even after that cut off, it can be helpful. Tetanus takes a while to develop, so ass... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
It's good!: Actually the lower the better, as long as it's not so low that you're falling over. They keep lowering the standards for what is considered high bloo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Growth hormone (what makes your bones grow taller) is produced while asleep, so yes, sleep is important for growth as a child and as a teen.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Both: When choosing carbohydrates like bread, rice, rolls, and even cookies, choosing whole grains (including whole wheat) will help improve your health and... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Day 14-16.: Normally half way between your periods is when you ovulate. There are ovulation kits at pharmacies too. Plus, you can measure your temperature as soon... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Maybe: Check cdc.Gov/travel for the most up to date travel recommendations. If you are fully immunized, then you shouldn't need any shots for most areas in f... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Pillows: Lots of pillows can help with pressure points and support for the belly. There's one called bellyrest that may help. Also, sleepphones are great to li... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Wei-shin Lai
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Considering: Considering getting a vaccine for hepatitis a especially if you will be traveling internationally.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Lai is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Lai is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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Thanks for your quick reply! nose bleed only on left hole of nose,morning glory only on left eye.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Ok . I will check it out. I will go get those shots then
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Thanks for your quick reply! Clear and thanks for the explanation. Interesting to know that

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 2002MD

Awards

"America's Top Physicians", Consumers Research Council of America
Top Doctor, First Place, Danville Region, PA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Danville Region, PA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Penn State University School of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center
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