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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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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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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What are some remedies to prevent nightmares and get a good night's sleep?

What are some remedies to prevent nightmares and get a good night's sleep?

Insomnia : For proper "sleep hygiene, " one should try to go to bed about the same time every night, get up at the same time every morning and avoid naps. Caffeine may interfere with one's sleeping patterns. If you continue to have problems you should visit a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Somtimes when I sleep I wake up in the middle of the night, my body is paralyzed and I have illusions. What can I do to prevent that?

Somtimes when I sleep I wake up in the middle of the night, my body is paralyzed and I have  illusions. What can I do to prevent that?

Sleep paralysis: You're having episodes of sleep paralysis, which are often accompanied by hallucinations. Rare episodes are normal, and it tends to occur more often in people who are sleep-deprived. Some narcoleptics have frequent episodes of sleep paralysis. ...Read more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
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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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Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Initial Insomnia.: When some people lie down to sleep and there are no distractions, they begin to ruminate. The more they ruminate, the more anxious they feel & the more they stimulate their brain. The brain needs to slow down for you to sleep. Buspar sometimes helps someone to be calm at that time just before sleep. Consider deep breathing exercises, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I have had one blocked nostril for about 3 days, even though it is severely blocked it is still quite runny through the night which is preventing sleep. When I do get some sort of relief it is when some of the mucus comes out but it is white and really bi

I have had one blocked nostril for about 3 days, even though it is severely blocked it is still quite runny through the night which is preventing sleep. When I do get some sort of relief it is when some of the mucus comes out but it is white and really bi

Otolaryngologist: If this is a recent development after a common cold, try nasal irrigations with warm salt water and applying heat or inhaling steam vapors help open blockage of nasal passages. For short term using a decongestant nasal spray(if you're pregnant check with your obgyn first) reduces swollen membranes. However if this is a chronic problem you may have nasal polyp; an otolaryngologist is needed. ...Read more

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