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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Sleeping Too Much (Definition)

Oversleeping is a symptom in which one sleeps more than average and does not feel rested upon awaking. It can be due to a number of physical and mental health issues such as ...Read more


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My baby is 6 mo is there such thing as sleeping too much during the night? She sleeps 12 hrs but lately her day time naps have been shorter..

My baby is 6 mo is there such thing as sleeping too much during the night? She sleeps 12 hrs but lately her day time naps have been shorter..

Lucky mom: As long as a kid is eating well enough during the day to sustain a normal growth rate, an extended 8 or more hour sleep period at night is fine. Baby is likely waking at least once & resettling like adults do. The babies digestive system has a good 12+ hours of material from which to support the babies sleep, without re-feeding. Enjoy the pattern. ...Read more

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When can I start leaving my baby sleeping on her stomache?

When can I start leaving my baby sleeping on her stomache?

Depends on age: It is not clear what your infants age is, but some "tummy time" is good for development from birth...But sleeping on her back leads to a 50% decrease in sudden infant death. Some infants will begin to roll over in sleep by about 4-5 months and i advise that this is ok but i advise leaving them on back as long as possible for sleep initiation. ...Read more

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3 months baby sleeping longer at night 4-5 hours and feeding less than usual, around 3 1/2oz- 4oz, she used to take 5oz.. She breastfeeds?

3 months baby sleeping longer at night 4-5 hours and feeding less than usual,  around 3 1/2oz- 4oz, she used to take 5oz.. She breastfeeds?

May be ok: As long as a 3 month-old baby is happy, interactive, gaining weight, not fussy; and has no ill signs such as fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or rashes, then he may be normal (because babies change their eating and sleeping habits as they grow). A 3 month-old baby can sleep 6-7 hours at night. The amount he breastfeeds is usually unknown (isn't measured). The doctor can re-check his weight and length. ...Read more

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My 8mth baby v.cranky for last 2days wailing all time&today sleeping too much, not takin much solid but lots of formula milk, no fever, is he sick?

My 8mth baby v.cranky for last 2days wailing all time&today sleeping too much, not takin much solid but lots of formula milk, no fever, is he sick?

See pediatrician: Babies cry because they are hungry, tired or ill. Have him seen by a doctor ASAP and be safe. Always err on the side of caution. Babies can deteriorate very quickly. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages to baby sleeping pattern when laying down on his stomach.?

What are the advantages and disadvantages to baby sleeping pattern when laying down on his stomach.?

Stomach sleeping: Doctors recommend that all babies be put on their backs to sleep. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (sids) is much greater when babies are put on their stomach to sleep. This doesn't mean babies can't have tummy time but you should be awake and watching them while they are on their stomachs. ...Read more

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My 7yrs old daughter had asthma and coughing tonite she is using steam Vicks with water.But my 6months baby sleeping with her..Is that ok for my baby?

Maybe,maybe not: I have never been fond of the "vapor" stink as treatment for anything. I find the idea that stinking up the room with a noticeable fume is more likely to aggravate a cough than help it at any age. There are some decongestant effects, but the irritant value is similar to paint fumes. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Can sleeping too much make you sick?

Yes: You can get bedsores, be physically deonditioned, develop pneumonia or blood clots in legs. So how long is too long for sleep? If you need a certain amount, get it but don't lay in bed longer than you have to. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much be bad for you?

It depends: It depends on may things: 1) what do you mean by too much? 2) how does sleeping interfere with your life? 3) what is causing the increased sleep [eg, depression, anxiety, medical problem, medication side effect, drug or alcohol problem, social stresses....]. It sounds like it would be good to get a medical evaluation. Your doctor can suggest next steps. Hope this answer helped. ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you feel sick?

Sleeping too much: Sleeping too much can cause you more sleepy average amount of sleep is 8 hours for an adult. Of course the quality of the sleep also counts. If you have problem sleeping too long and still feels tired, check with your doctor for possible obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleeping disorder. ...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