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All night I tossed and turned. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on my job?

All night I tossed and turned. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on my job?

Get checked out: You can have sleep problems from snoring, apnea, restless legs, poor sleep hygeine, anxiety/depression, napping during the day, night seizures, noises in the neighborhood waking you up, bed bugs, waking up to use the bathroom, acid reflux, allergies, or any number of things. I recommend seeing a doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

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How can I train myself to sleep on my back instead of my stomach?

How can I train myself to sleep on my back instead of my stomach?

Pillows: Pillows can come in handy when trying to sleep on your back. Try putting one behind your knees. You can then put more pillows on either side of you or under both arms. There is no one great technique to sleeping on your back. You have to find what works for you and just be persistent. It may take some time to get used to sleeping on your back. ...Read more

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I can't get my feelings out when my husband and i fight, he interrupts me all the time and i lose my train of thought how can I change this?

I can't get my feelings out when my husband and i fight, he interrupts me all the time and i lose my train of thought how can I change this?

Not uncommon: Though this is a common marital pattern, in the long run it can be very damaging to your relationship. You should see a marriage counselor together, as it's fixable. If for some reason your husband won't go, you should do so yourself. ...Read more

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I cannot fall asleep fast at all i stay up late and get distracted by my iphone. How can I stop doing this? I am also really lazy all day?

I cannot fall asleep fast at all i stay up late and get distracted by my iphone. How can I stop doing this? I am also really lazy all day?

No stimuli: I would be lazy all day if i were sleep deprived also! start by eliminating the cell phone, computer, and t v. Pick up a relaxing read, get in bed, and you will relax and fall asleep! hope this helps. ...Read more

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How do I keep myself from clenching my teeth in my sleep?

How do I keep myself from clenching my teeth in my sleep?

Bruxism.: You cannot control the clenching and grinding your teeth at night. The only thing you can do is get a night guard to protect the teeth while grind all night long. ...Read more

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My son feeds all night. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on him while breast feeding? I can't help it!

My son feeds all night. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on him while breast feeding?  I can't help it!

He doesn't need to: Dr. F is right. Not only will putting your baby in his own crib, on his back, drowsy but awake, reduce his chance of sids by 50%, it will allow him to learn self-regulation for consolidated sleep. Breast milk sugar bathing his teeth all night can cause cavities as teeth erupt, so wipe out his mouth before bed. At 6 months learned behaviors develop. Do you want him to be a trained night feeder? ...Read more

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Nightmares when i sleep on my back. i know im asleep and try and shout out but i cant.i have to really try and wake myself up. Only when on back?

Nightmares when i sleep on my back. i know im asleep and try and shout out but i cant.i have to really try and wake myself up. Only when on back?

Need sleep study: Recommend you consider consulting a sleep specialist. You may be experiencing a phenomenon called sleep paralysis . There are a number of possible reasons for this symptom and s sleep expert can sort it out for you . ...Read more

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How come I can only sleep while I am on my stomach?

How come I can only sleep while I am on my stomach?

Sleep: You found your comfort zone, as long as it does not wake you up at night. ...Read more

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How can I keep myself from cheating on my diet this week?

How can I keep myself from cheating on my diet this week?

Try a food log: One thing we have our bariatric patients do is keep a food diary. But in order for it to work most effectively you write down everything you eat before you actually eat. In other words as you are preparing it. We have found that this helps people think more about their food intake and help prevent 'cheating'. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I get my brain to shut down so i can sleep. I've held conversations with my wife while sleeping. Constantly tired and no energy?

How can I get my brain to shut down so i can sleep. I've held conversations with my wife while sleeping. Constantly tired and no energy?

Sleep disorder?: Non restorative sleep is relatively common. The fact that you are not rested suggests a sleep condition of some sort most likely restless leg syndrome/periodic limb movement disorder, apnea, chronic initial insomnia, or rem-related problem of some sort. Before thorough sleep study consider evaluating all your meds as for cause and pursue medical evaluation. A number of safe/effective treatments. ...Read more

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How do I keep my throat and chest from drying when i sleep?

How do I keep my throat and chest from drying when i sleep?

Dry throat and sleep: I recommend the following brief article with recommendations that are practical :how to stop sleeping with your mouth open | ehow www.Ehow.Com/how_7646199_stop-sleeping-mouth-open.Html sleeping with your mouth open can contribute to multiple problems. ...Read more

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Im tired all day and when i get home and get ready for bed my brain turns up a notch and i can't sleep because i can't stop thinking. Anything i can do?

Im tired all day and when i get home and get ready for bed my brain turns up a notch and i can't sleep because i can't stop thinking. Anything i can do?

Sleep Hygiene: Once you get home, you might want to write a summary of that day to close off the chapter and create a list for the next day. Practice sleep hygiene -- establish a bed-time routine -- go to bed and get up at the same time, have a light meal, warm showers, put a room on a slightly cooler side, no tv, ipod, ipad, tablets in the bedroom. Establish a self-care routine for yourself. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my mouth from going dry when i sleep?

How can I prevent my mouth from going dry when i sleep?

Dry mouth: With help of your pcp, find the cause of excess dryness & treat that. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my baby sleep through the night again? He got messed up on vacation.

What can I do to help my baby sleep through the night again?  He got messed up on vacation.

Routine: Get back to your usual routine. Babies are dependent on routine. If your baby wakes be sure he/she is okay but don't offer too much gratification he may have to cry some of it out. Most important is routine. ...Read more

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I've got very moderate sunburn on my arms, shoulders, back and belly. How do I make it stop hurting so i can sleep at night?

I've got very moderate sunburn on my arms, shoulders, back and belly. How do I make it stop hurting so i can sleep at night?

Simple Care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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I got cramps in my head and I got pills for like stress from my Dr don't know if they work I can't sleep at night I messing it to stop ?

I got cramps in my head and I got pills for like stress from my Dr don't know if they work I can't sleep at night I messing it to stop ?

See your Doctor: Talk to your doctor if the pills to help reduce feelings of stress aren't working.living in constant stress can't be easy and we know it is very unhealthy. Headaches can be common. Get your doctors help. This is hard to fix but well worth the effort. The next step is to followup and review treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop scratching the backs of my hands when I sleep? I think it's anxiety related. I've tried sleeping w/socks on my hands and lotion

What can I do to stop scratching the backs of my hands when I sleep? I think it's anxiety related. I've tried sleeping w/socks on my hands and lotion

See family doctor: You may have any number of general medical illnesses-- an allergic reaction, diabetes, thyroid illness, and so on, causing itching. You may have an anxiety disorder, which can be readily treated if properly diagnosed. This can only be done by your physician. ...Read more

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All night I tossed and turned. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on my job?

Get checked out: You can have sleep problems from snoring, apnea, restless legs, poor sleep hygeine, anxiety/depression, napping during the day, night seizures, noises in the neighborhood waking you up, bed bugs, waking up to use the bathroom, acid reflux, allergies, or any number of things. I recommend seeing a doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

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My son feeds all night. How can I prevent myself from sleeping on him while breast feeding? I can't help it!

He doesn't need to: Dr. F is right. Not only will putting your baby in his own crib, on his back, drowsy but awake, reduce his chance of sids by 50%, it will allow him to learn self-regulation for consolidated sleep. Breast milk sugar bathing his teeth all night can cause cavities as teeth erupt, so wipe out his mouth before bed. At 6 months learned behaviors develop. Do you want him to be a trained night feeder? ...Read more

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My nose blocks up every night when i sleep. How can I prevent this?

My nose blocks up every night when i sleep. How can I prevent this?

Head up, nasal spray: This occurs because things in your nose (turbinates) swell up when we get horizontal. Elevate your upper body (like on a sleeping wedge) for starters. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a nasal steroid spray. Use it every day (not as needed), and give it a week or 2 to begin to work. After several weeks, you should note a significant improvement. ...Read more

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Hello sirs how can I control my thoughts at night during sleep to prevent anxiety. I have meditation but wasn't able to control them?

Hello sirs how can I control my thoughts at night during sleep to prevent anxiety. I have meditation but wasn't able to control them?

Sleep Hygiene: Shutting down your brain at night is easy for some, but difficult for others. If you already use meditation, try pmr (progressive muscle relaxation).I recommend a 20 minute guided pmr--many are found on itunes, such as one by dr. Beth salcedo. In addition, there are many books out there written about how to have good "sleep hygiene"--the art of getting good rest. ...Read more

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I have a really bad phobia of dying and it's preventing me from sleeping at night. I don't know what caused it and how can I stop it?

I have a really bad phobia of dying and it's preventing me from sleeping at night. I don't know what caused it and how can I stop it?

Phobic about dying: You mention you have anxiety , and are already on St. John's Wort, + other 'herbals'. It sounds like it's time to schedule a Psychiatry consultation/ f/u, to get help with your current anxiety sxs. A common manifestation of anxiety is sleep disturbance, especially difficulty falling asleep. Your Psych MD will help you select a tx of talk therapy +/or medication that will be effective for your sxs. ...Read more

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My son had sleep paralysis problems last night what can he do just before bed to prevent it from happening and how can he brake out of it whenhappenin?

My son had sleep paralysis problems last night what can he do just before bed to prevent it from happening and how can he brake out of it whenhappenin?

Sleep paralysis: Circumstances that have been identified that are associated with an increased risk of sleep paralysis: insomnia and sleep deprivation, an erratic sleep schedule, stress, overuse of stimulants, physical fatigue, as well as certain medications that are used to treat ADHD.Anecdotal reports indicate that wiggling fingers or toes upon awareness of the condition MAY help recover movement during episode ...Read more

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How can I prevent sleep while studying at night?

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How can I prevent sleep while studying at night?

Studying: Mind sound like common sense, but study earlier. You need your sleep to function next day. ...Read more

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I keep having episodes of sleep paralysis numerous times ever night. How can I prevent this?

I keep having episodes of sleep paralysis numerous times ever night. How can I prevent this?

Sleep study: Hyponogogic sleep is characterized by 'sleep paralysis'. Many people experience this phenomenon. It has to do with the 'stages' of sleep. A sleep study can help provide info and there may be ways to help patients get to a different stage of sleep where this does not occur. See a physician about this and he/she can prescribe a sleep study. ...Read more

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•I'm 19 can not get sleep at night •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

•I'm 19 can not get sleep at night                     •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. There is also disturbed sleep at night which is confused with insomnia. Get yourself evaluated . See a neurologist ...Read more

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Dear sir. Currently I might working in a night shift job and in day means after my shift I can't sleep what to do its affects my body I think pls tell?

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Currently I might working in a night shift job and in day means after my shift I can't sleep what to do its affects my body I think pls tell?

Shift work disorder: You're probably describing shift work disorder in which your sleep & work cycle don't coincide w/day & night which then screws up your circadian rhythm. Check out http://goo.gl/joad0q, http://goo.gl/UxRSUA & http://goo.gl/jOVnL4. Do some research on sleep hygiene to improve chances of sleeping during daytime. Failing that, see Family Doc or sleep specialist for medicines that might help. Good luck ...Read more

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When I'm in bed at night, I am constantly getting the urge to move my legs. This is not painful, but prevents me from sleeping?

When I'm in bed at night, I am constantly getting the urge to move my legs. This is not painful, but prevents me from sleeping?

Restless legs: You are describing restless leg syndrome which occurs in 5-10% of North Americans and Europeans. It's cause is not entirely clear but is thought to have a genetic component. There are several treatments available, and you should discuss them with your regular physician. ...Read more

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I have substantial mucus that I cough up when I lie down at night. It prevents me from sleeping. Are there any over-the-counter remedies?

I have substantial mucus that I cough up when I lie down at night.  It prevents me from sleeping.  Are there any over-the-counter remedies?

Mucinex (guaifenesin): Mucinex (guaifenesin) or other generic mucolytic medication may help. If that doesn't work check with your doctor to see if any prescription medication will help you breathe better. ...Read more

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I keep getting rashes everytime I go to the country (my whole family does)! This itchy rash also prevents me from sleep at night! What to do?

I keep getting rashes everytime I go to the country (my whole family does)! This itchy rash also prevents me from sleep at night! What to do?

See dermatologist: If this happens when you are in the countryside , you are likely allergic to something outdoors or even to the sun. I would suggest that you consult a dermatologist to find out the cause. Certainly poison oak/poison ivy is a factor to be considered especially since its resin on contaminated articles may remain potent for months. ...Read more

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Took citalopram in morning and on the night time i couldn't sleep. I need to be alert for my job and was so tired today will taking at night help?

Took citalopram in morning and on the night time i couldn't sleep.  I need to be alert for my job and was so tired today will taking at night help?

Talk to your doctor: It's impossible to answer this question without knowing more about you. Are you just starting this medication, or have you been on it a while? Either way, talk with whoever prescribed it and they can help you decide if changing the timing of taking it will help. If you are just starting out with it, the symptoms you are having will probably subside in a week or so. ...Read more

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