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Dr. Al Hegab
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Sleeping Too Much (Definition)

Sleeping too much = hypersomnia = increased amount of sleep (to an undesired amount). This can include lengthy nighttime sleep, daytime sleep that was not planned & difficulty staying ...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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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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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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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?

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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How can you know if you are sleeping too much?

How can you know if you are sleeping too much?

Is it restorative?: If you wake up and it is next year. If on awakening you continue to not feel rested - that is one critical feature. Sleeping more than10 hours a night might be considered excessive. The emphasis usually is on restfulness and the quality of your daytime - not sleeping - life. Many illnesses and medications can encourage excessive tiredness and subsequently longer sleep intervals, . ...Read more

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Does sleeping too much influence your appetite?

Depends on why...: You're sleeping too much. If you are just choosing to sleep a lot because you wanna be lazy, you'll be more hungry when you wake up. If you aren't choosing to sleep more but feel tired a lot, see your doc to find out why. ...Read more

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What can help you feel better after sleeping too much?

What can help you feel better after sleeping too much?

Too much?: If you're actually sleeping too much, I am curious about what you mean. What is too much? Too much for what? "hypersomnia" can indicate the presence of a disease or disorder. It's a good idea to discuss this with your main doctor--your go-to primary care physician. People do have differing needs for sleep. Your doctor can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sleeping too much?

What is the definition or description of: Sleeping too much?

Sleeping too much: Sleeping too much = hypersomnia = increased amount of sleep (to an undesired amount). This can include lengthy nighttime sleep, daytime sleep that was not planned & difficulty staying awake during the day. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried about my roommate sleeping too much?

Sleeping too much: Everyone has different requirements for sleep. However if your roommate is sleepy more than usual, seems more withdrawn, other things may be going on including depression. You can start by talking with your roommate about your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the major cause for this sleeping too much, is it because this person is very lazy?

What is the major cause for this sleeping too much, is it because this person is very lazy?

Probably not: Sleeping too much can be a sign of several problems. One common problem is obstructive sleep apnea (osa), which is when breathing slows down or stops too many times during the night. Sleep quality is disturbed, and as a result, the person with osa may sleep a large number of hours at night and nap in the daytime, but still be sleep deprived. Depression is another cause of sleeping too much. ...Read more

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I have a problem of sleeping too much I m healthy person I m 34 years old plz tell me suggession I don't want to sleep too much?

I have a problem of sleeping too much I m healthy person I m 34 years old plz tell me suggession I don't want to sleep too much?

Mental or physical?: hi anwarj806 Both mental and physical factors contribute to hypersomnia. Depression is one possibility...people seek sleep to escape from their depression. Overwork is another.. And abnormalities in hormonal control (eg low thyroid), or cortisol (immune defficiencies) or even rarely changes in the part of the brain (hypothalamus) most interested in sleep. Consult your practitioner. ...Read more

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I sleep for 9-10 hours. Am I sleeping too much?

I sleep for 9-10 hours. Am I sleeping too much?

Most likely not ...: Average sleep duration for adults is 7-8hrs but some get by on 6hrs while others require 9 or more. Check out http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/adult-sleep-needs-and-habits. As long as you can function the next day w/o needing a nap, then you're most likely getting enough. And this assumes that you don't necessarily sleep in any longer during wknds, holidays & vacations to catch up! ...Read more

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Can sleeping too much make you itchy?

Can sleeping too much make you itchy?

No: Only if there are bed bugs on what you are sleeping on. Or if you have an allergy to something in the bedding. ...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

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I am tired all the time, could this be due to sleeping too much?

Possibly but I would: Ask if the sleeping and fatigue are both due to something else. Depression, low thyroid function, inactivity/lack of exercise, inadequate exposure to sunlight, poor diet, etc, etc. Please discuss it w your doc. ...Read more

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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