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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Sleep Methods (Overview)

Alternative sleep methods is a topic that include changing from the normal sleep pattern of about 8-hours asleep, 16-hours awake, to experimental patterns of napping for a few hours, then being awake a few hours, then napping again, etc


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What are some alternative sleep methods?

What are some alternative sleep methods?

Melatonin, magnesium: My favorite supplements are melatonin (the "sleep" hormone produced by the brain's pineal gland--though less and less as we age), gaba (an "inhibitory" neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the central nervous system), and magnesium (a "mineral" that the body craves--helpful for insomnia, generalized anxiety, musculoskeletal tension, rapid heart been, leg cramps, constipation, etc.). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
16 doctors shared insights

Alternative Sleep Methods (Overview)

Alternative sleep methods is a topic that include changing from the normal sleep pattern of about 8-hours asleep, 16-hours awake, to experimental patterns of napping for a few hours, then being awake a few hours, then napping again, etc


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Describe the features of alternative sleep methods.?

Describe the features of alternative sleep methods.?

Insomnia alternative: Besides medication, good sleep hygeine is important. Do not use caffeine after 12, stop media time and exercise 1hour before sleep since that can stimulate you, go to bed only when tired. You can use sleepy time teas with valerian root to help. Calm's forte (great if under 30), melatonin (great if over 30)), Progesterone can help women if they are low in it. Try using the zeo-online sleep coach. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Avoid sleeping with lights and TV on: it prevents deeper sleep. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
Daily
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Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Is there an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method besides an overnight sleep study?

Yes: The gold standard is a overnight sleep study in a lab. There are now approved home study devices that are approved for use. They do not collect as much information as a formal study in the lab, but can be used as a screening method and for those patients that can not spend the night in the lab for various reasons. ...Read more

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Can there be an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method other than an overnight sleep study?

Can there be an alternative sleep apnea diagnosis method other than an overnight sleep study?

Sleep study: There are various portable units that can measure oxygen levels, sleep position, snoring etc, however, they are not valid for a medical diagnosis and are not accepted by insurance companies as validation of the need for treatment. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
Once
Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
Once
Never drive sleepy
Once
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I use nursing as a means to get my child back to sleep, What alternative method works once you stop nursing?

I use nursing as a means to get my child back to sleep, What alternative method works once you stop nursing?

Sleep training: You may need to train your child to go to sleep without associating it with feeding. Put him down to bed when he is tired but still awake. Let him put himself to sleep, in the crib alone, with a night light in the room. If he falls asleep, then wakes in the night, he will see that he's in the same place and it is safe to go back to sleep. It will take practice, but you will both sleep better! ...Read more

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I'm nursing as a means to get my child back to sleep, what alternative method worked for you once you cut the nursing out?

Training to sleep: How old is your child? You may need to train him to go to sleep- put him down into bed while partly awake, say night-night, and leave the room. If he fusses, go back after a few minutes and calm him again, and leave. Keep repeating, waiting a little longer each time. Gradually, he'll learn to fall asleep. If he wakes up in the night, do the same thing. He should be able to sleep all night. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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