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Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Always tired. Fitbit tracker says low sleep efficiency. Videotape confirmed constant tossing during sleep. Should I do a sleep study? Recommended tx?

Consult sleep clinic: Good sleep helps you feel healthy and vital. Sleep apnea (frequent awakenings due to low oxygen levels during sleep) can increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, and even obesity! so consult a sleep doctor. If necessary, they will recommend a polysomnographic exam where they monitor your vital signs, movements, oxygen levels, and video your sleep in an overnight sleep lab. ...Read more

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Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Can a baby sleep too much? My baby sleep about 4-5 times a day, not including her bed time at 9pm.

Age dependent: Sleep duration or number of naps during the day varies with the age of baby. Newborns may sleep for 14-18 hrs a day. As they get older the number of naps decrease. Just make sure that baby is being fed at regular intervals for age. ...Read more

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Whats usefull food for 7 month baby?

Whats usefull food for 7 month baby?

Veggies: Congrats for breastfeeding your baby! This is fantastic! We like to slowly add pureed veggies at this age. In general start one food every three days or so. Veggies are very low in potential to cause allergies. I like adding veggies first to really shape your babies palate and get them liking them before adding fruits. Carrots, squash, peas, are great for starters. Have fun! ...Read more

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Cant sleep. eat healthy, exercise, little stress, no tech close to bed, tried foods ex.

Cant sleep. eat healthy, exercise, little stress, no tech close to bed, tried foods ex.

Insomnia: You are doing the right things. Please include stopping stimulants such as tea, coffee, sugar after noon. Also stop work on any screens 1 hour before bed. Some folks find a small dose of melatonin 1 hour prior to bed time helpful but ask doc about that first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My sleep quality (measured using the iphone app sleep cycle) averages to 64%. Is this normal, or have i not been sleeping properly?

My sleep quality (measured using the iphone app sleep cycle) averages to 64%. Is this normal, or have i not been sleeping properly?

Consider The Source: With quality sleep one awakens rested and refreshed. This is a subjective measurement. To objectively measure sleep, a polysomnogram is required. This can only be performed in a sleep lab or clinic. While an iphone app may claim to measure sleep quality, the likelihood that it reflects a true measurement of sleep quality is highly questionable. If you feel rested your sleep is likely ok. ...Read more

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Are the period tracker apps on our phone accurate at telling us when we get out periods?

Variable: Just like each human being, even electronic trackers are variable. They may be able to calculate out probable dates for you, but there is no guarantee that they will match your personal physiologic variability. Since menstrual cycles can be very irregular, you may or may not be able to rely on this, . ...Read more

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Teen nutrition and exercise app anyone?

Teen nutrition and exercise app anyone?

See below: I am not an expert on exercise, nutrition, or apps. In looking up news stories on reportedly good nutrition and exercise apps, here is a link to an example of what may exist. See if it helps you. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/fitness-weight-loss-nutrition-apps_n_1371705.html#s803229&title=striiv. ...Read more

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Best iphone app for weight loss?

Best iphone app for weight loss?

There are many!: My fitness pal is very good but so are calorie counter by fat secret.Com and diet and calorie tracker by sparkpeople.Com. ...Read more

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I've slept only 3,4, 5 hrs/day on weekdays.On weekends, I sleep 7, 8 hrs/more but irregular pattern:I sleep late,wake up early,&sleep.Affect my heart?

I've slept only 3,4, 5 hrs/day on weekdays.On weekends, I sleep 7, 8 hrs/more but irregular pattern:I sleep late,wake up early,&sleep.Affect my heart?

Sleep foundation: reports "Sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don't sleep enough are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease—regardless of age, weight, smoking and exercise habits. ... Over time, this can lead to higher blood pressure during the day and a greater chance of cardiovascular problems." Seek to increase number of hours of sleep during the weekdays. Best regards for good health. ...Read more

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Sleep tips for baby?

Sleep tips for baby?

Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they associate parent's heartbeat, voice, rocking with sleep. Without those cues they can't fall asleep. Started as newborns, most babies learn to put themselves to sleep in 5-10", older children take longer to learn to self soothe-up to 60". ...Read more

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Is app. 640mg of Venlafaxine dangerous for 160cm/46kg girl?

Is app. 640mg of Venlafaxine dangerous for 160cm/46kg girl?

Yes: the maximum dosage per day for adults is 225 to 375 mg/day. Starting doses are 37.5to 75 mg/day. Black box warning: monitor for suicidal thoughts. This high dosage could result in serotonin syndrome, which if not treated is as harmful as suicide. "This drug may impair judgment, thinking, and motor skills; therefore, avoid driving or operating machinery if you are affected." ...Read more

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Not pregnant, poor sleep cycle, sleep at 4:30 am and wake up at 12:30 pm,bp 100/80 in morning all day & 130/95 at late night.have a 5 month old baby.

Not pregnant, poor sleep cycle, sleep at 4:30 am and wake up at 12:30 pm,bp 100/80 in morning all day & 130/95 at late night.have a 5 month old baby.

New Mom Body Clock: is a bit challenged after having a baby. Usually the body clock works itself out once the newborn is sleeping through the night . When sleep schedules remain out of sync, I recommend my patients unwind at night by taking a hot bath/shower then getting to a dark place at the desired bedtime every night. No light from phones or TV's. Some take melatonin at bedtime for 2 wks to help reset things. ...Read more

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Delivered baby boy 3 days back.At that time my wt was 73.2 kg & today it's 70.7 kg. Baby wt at birth 3.18 kg. Y so low wt loss?When wk start loosing?

Delivered baby boy 3 days back.At that time my wt was 73.2 kg & today it's 70.7 kg. Baby wt at birth 3.18 kg. Y so low wt loss?When wk start loosing?

Lose by dieting: Unless you have an extremely accurate scale (and most bathroom scales are not) the difference is not significant. Weight gain in pregnancy, if you discount the weight of the baby and associated structures is due to an increase in adipose tissue. The only way to lose it is the same as for everybody, limit your food intake and exercise. ...Read more

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Had baby in January.So to loose the baby weight I eat healthy, Walk every night, work out, breastfeeding my baby still. Gaining a lot of weight. Help?

Had baby in January.So to loose the baby weight I eat healthy, Walk every night, work out, breastfeeding my baby still. Gaining a lot of weight. Help?

Quit eating for 2: You need to sit down with a clinical nutritionist and come up with a diet that accommodates your feeding and basic needs but allows you to lose weight. BF should drain you by at least 300-400 calories/day which should let you lose a pound every week or so if your diet is designed to support your pre-pregnancy weight. ...Read more

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3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

3 mos baby is sleeping good at nite, but fights nap time& barely sleeps how many naps=length?

Great nights!: It's hard to recommend anything that might sacrifice your nights. Preserve that no matter what. For the naps, start a strict daytime feeding schedule of every 2 -3 hours. Force the nap-time, but don't allow the naps to be more than an hour at a time. This will allow your child to get some rest, but hopefully it will not affect your nights. ...Read more

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I'm 39 weeks pregnant and baby is measuring big for dates will my midwife book me for induction?

I'm 39 weeks pregnant and baby is measuring big for dates will my midwife book me for induction?

Sounds reasonable: Ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks for the baby, but what is the estimated fetal weight? It depends how large the baby is in relation to u, it is a good sign if if the head is down in the vagina if it is your 1st baby, a bad sign if it is not and make sure the midwife has good doctor backup as you may end up with a c-section, as the song goes if it does not fit do not force it. ...Read more