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My 1 year old is about 27 pounds. How do I know when is best to transition him into 1 nap?

My 1 year old is about 27 pounds. How do I know when is best to transition him into 1 nap?

See below: His weight has nothing to do with it. At 1 year of age, he is going to require more than one nap. He will transition on his own, as he ages. ...Read more

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What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

What is the best way to arrange naps, so I don't have to sleep too much overall and still energetic?

Naps: Try to restrict naps to less than 30 minutes.
Consider drinking coffee prior to your nap. The coffee can take 45 min to kick in and you may feel even more awake after your nap.
Be sure to set an alarm and get up as soon as it rings. You might want to try using an app such as "Power Nap" to help you. ...Read more

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Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Why do I get a bad headache everytime I wake up from a nap? Is it best for me to eliminate naps or will it get better?

Hello Young Lady: I've missed you stopping by to let me know how things've been going. Wanna go over your headache diary some time? I believe I sent you one, no? Hope you're not working in those hot places anymore. Headaches get significantly worse for every 7 degrees F elevation in temperature. Headaches upon awakening can point to something called hypnopompic type and that could point to something important. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

Eating/ nap: There is no hard and fast rule about eating but I have always waited until I felt like I digested my food. Workout I eat an hour before, that's my personal habit. ...Read more

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What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

What is the best way to wean my 24 month old from the pacifier? He mostly uses it at night and for naps.

Wean pacifier: Starting at 12 months, take the pacifier away from the child while awake and gradually work on teaching him to use a different transitional object at night, such as a blankie or stuffed animal. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do? My tot sweating when he's taking a nap and in evening. He had pneumonia 3x last yr. Is that the cause of sweating?

What is the best thing to do? My tot sweating when he's taking a nap and in evening. He had pneumonia 3x last yr. Is that the cause of sweating?

Maybe he feels hot: While pneumonia can cause sweating, it usually happens when the fever associated with the lung infection "breaks". Given your geography (Philippines) I suspect that he is just feeling hot from the ambient temperature & humidity. One way to check is to measure your tot's temperature just b4 the sweating starts. If it is more than 39.5 deg C, seek a doctor to help diagnosis cause of temp. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the best way to fall asleep fast?

What is the best way to fall asleep fast?

Initiate sleep: Good sleep hygiene = relax properly 30mn before sleep, not engage in hi-brain stimulation activities shortly before (gaming for hours, bright light into eyes), long periods of rest during day, no use of coffee tea closed to bedtime, well balanced healthy lifestyle 8h work + 8h sleep +daily fitness program. Exercise drain stress from brain. Anxiety = problem initiating sleep as brain keeps working. ...Read more

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What is the best way to make your self fall asleep?

Fall asleep: Reciting pleasant memories of events from earlier in the day, no late smacking or drinks, comfortable bed, write down worries instead of thinking about them while trying to fall asleep. ...Read more

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How can you best fall asleep without taking drastic measures?

How can you best fall asleep without taking drastic measures?

Using good sleep: Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to fall asleep at night?

Could you tell me what's the best way to fall asleep at night?

See www. Lef. Org: I generally refer to www. Lef. Org for this. It stands for life extension foundation. You may also want to check out l- threanine and a product called tranquilene which is found at www. Tranquilene. Com. Also google sleep hygiene and begin to practice it. No alcohol. No drugs. If these don't work, see a sleep dctor or board certified sleep psychologist. ...Read more

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Which is best to help you fall asleep and stay asleep through the night?

Which is best to help you fall asleep and stay asleep through the night?

Natural vs. Prescrip: I always recommend patients try natural supplements prior to prescription medications, which have a more profound effect on brain chemistry.
Valarian root (used by native americans), l-tryptophan (turkey), and melatonin are useful. There is a supplement, alteril, which contains all three. All experts recommend quiet time prior to sleep, no tv or videos.
Ambien cr is made for those who awaken at nigh. ...Read more

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What's the best way to fall asleep if you are really anxious and wound up?

What's the best way to fall asleep if you are really anxious and wound up?

Calming routine: 1. Do not go to bed anxious and wound up; wait until you are calm and sleepy; 2. Make a list of your concerns and a to-do list for dealing with them in the morning; 3. Take a refreshing walk; 4. Be sure that you have had proper nutrition and avoid alcohol near bedtime; 5. Prepare for bed (brush teeth, etc.) but don't get into bed, yet; 6. Do something quietly; 7. When you're sleepy, go to bed. Ah! ...Read more

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What is the best way to shut off your thoughts so falling asleep / sleeping is not an issue?

What is the best way to shut off your thoughts so falling asleep / sleeping is not an issue?

Meditation & Prayer: Hello utah! This is a very good question. My experience is that breathing and counting your breaths and brining your mind back to listening to your breathing....I.E. Yoga or meditation techniques is a very good exercise to learn to naturally fall asleep. Some people consider meditation to be like praying, but this would be where you were calming your thoughts by listening to breath is wise. ...Read more

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Fell asleep on the couch in an awkward position months ago. I've had chest pinches and feels like my chest has pulled ever since. Xrays normal. Cause?

Fell asleep on the couch in an awkward position months ago. I've had chest pinches and feels like my chest has pulled ever since. Xrays normal. Cause?

Musculoskeletal: Based on that history it feels like something is out of alignment; it may be too subtle to show up on an X-ray but problems not obvious on X-ray can cause your symptoms. A good chiropractor can help (esp. One who does Direct Non-Force technique) but chiropractors have variable quality so it may be more reliable to see an osteopath who does osteopathic manipulation- see http://tinyurl. Com/qcejlc9 ...Read more

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Best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Fix the cause: Get an evaluation by a sleep specialist to find and fix the underlying cause. Short of that, opening the car window and shewing (gum, beef jerky, etc) may prove helpful in some individuals. Caffeine may help as well but it takes time: 30-50 minutes to kick in after consumption; and should not be taken close to bedtime. ...Read more

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What's the best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

What's the best way to keep from falling asleep while driving?

Get enough sleep: Get enough sleep (about 8 hours), watch what meds you take, and make sure you don't have a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Best way to keep from falling asleep night driving?

Best way to keep from falling asleep night driving?

Fix the cause: Get an evaluation by a sleep specialist to find and fix the underlying cause. Short of that, opening the car window and shewing (gum, beef jerky, etc) may prove helpful in some individuals. Caffeine may help as well but it takes time: 30-50 minutes to kick in after consumption; and should not be taken close to bedtime. ...Read more

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What the best way to fall asleep when you have a hard time falling asleep?

What the best way to fall asleep when you have a hard time falling asleep?

Fall asleep: Assuming you are healthy & not on medications that interfere with sleep, then sleep hygiene would be your best bet. Go to google & typer "sleep hygiene" & you'll get details on how to do it. ...Read more

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What's the best way to make yourself fall asleep fast without medication, or one of those noise machines?

What's the best way to make yourself fall asleep fast without medication, or one of those noise machines?

Sleep Hygiene: Develop a routine that you follow before you go to sleep and follow it daily.
A warm drink, lights off at the same time each day.
If you want to try some natural sedatives you can try:
drink sleepytime or chamomile
take melatonin
valerian root
passion flower. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I am asleep I wake up because my toes feel as though they have curled downward and want to stay in that position until I can bend the b?

Sometimes when I am asleep I wake up because my toes feel as though they have curled downward and want to stay in that position until I can bend the b?

Curling toes: This could be a simple cramp. Be sure you are properly hydrated and electrolytes in balance. If it persists after that see your podiatrist for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much diphenhydramine is best to fall asleep?

How much diphenhydramine is best to fall asleep?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and sleep: It depends on your age and weight. It also depends on one's senstivity to it for sleep. Try 25 mg at first and can go to 50 mg if adult and 25 mg did not help you to fall asleep. Talk to yuor doc for sleep difficulty, though. ...Read more

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Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve, can't fall asleep.

Best way to sleep with a neck and back pinched nerve, can't fall asleep.

Buckwheat pillow: Can help. Like a bean bag chair it holds its shape better than a chiropractic pillow. Plus moisture cause the buckwheat to deform creating air channels. This keeps the pillow nice and cool. I used one when I hurt my neck playing volley ball. The downside is they are quite heavy. (you'll want to take it on the plane if you travel) I recommend getting a new mattress for the back (firm memory foam) ...Read more

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What are some of the best methods to help me fall asleep that don't require a prescription?

What are some of the best methods to help me fall asleep that don't require a prescription?

Try Excercise: A good work-out (appropriate for your body) at some point during the day may help you feel the need to rest at night. Give it a try! ...Read more

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What is the best way to train a baby (1yo) to fall asleep again in his crib when waking up at night?

What is the best way to train a baby (1yo) to fall asleep again in his crib when waking up at night?

Start of right: Babies do not understand sleep like an adult. They drift into sleep like you would in a boring lecture. If you lay baby down awake but tired &read to him from a distance, he can start the night off alone, like he will be @ 3am. Once he knows how to go down on his own, you can check on him in 5-10 min intervals until he resettles. He may just have some separation anxiety & need to know things are ok. ...Read more

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I'm 16 weeks preg. Are there certain positions I should or shouldn't be sleeping in? I keep falling asleep on my back. Could this hurt the baby/preg?

I'm 16 weeks preg. Are there certain positions I should or shouldn't be sleeping in? I keep falling asleep on my back. Could this hurt the baby/preg?

Sleep and Pregnancy: Sleep in a position of comfort. Your ob/gyn may make specific suggestions if your pregnancy is high risk. Otherwise make yourself comfortable, some women chose to use a body pillow between their legs when sleeping. ...Read more

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My kneecaps fall asleep and are extremely numb. It noticed it about 5-6 days ago. It only happens if I'm sitting down even if I'm extremely comfortable. They start to go numb within 10-15 minutes of sitting. I will constantly switch positions by either cr

My kneecaps fall asleep and are extremely numb. It noticed it about 5-6 days ago. It only happens if I'm sitting down even if I'm extremely comfortable. They start to go numb within 10-15 minutes of sitting. I will constantly switch positions by either cr

Possible lumbar disc: Sitting causes more pressure on the lumbar disc than standing. Since symptoms are bilateral the compression of sensory nerve roots at l3-4 is possible. Radiating pain is very frequent which is missing at this point in your case. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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What could cause the uncontrollable urge to laugh ever since I was a young child I often would have uncontrollable urge to laugh before falling completely asleep. The old I have gotten this still happens farely frequently but for the best few year I have

What could cause the uncontrollable urge to laugh ever since I was a young child I often would have uncontrollable urge to laugh before falling completely asleep. The old I have gotten this still happens farely frequently but for the best few year I have

There: There are several things that could do this. Severe stress could be manifest as uncontrollable urge to laugh. There are also some conditions such as types of seizures or tic conditions that could cause this. The most reasonable thing may be to consult your doctor or even a neurologist and discuss this, especially as it is worsening. There may be medications that can help you. ...Read more

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Why do I sometimes sit up with a snort when I fall asleep on airplane? Position?

Why do I sometimes sit up with a snort when I fall asleep on airplane? Position?

Yes: Your soft palate may close against the back wall of your throat closing off air flow. This will cause you to awaken with a sudden snort as you generate enough pressure to overcome the obstruction. This is the same physiology that causes obstructive sleep apnea, so if you snore at home you might need a sleep study to assess for obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I haven't been able to sleep well for the past week or so. This is starting to really depress me. What is the best medication to take to fall asleep?

I haven't been able to sleep well for the past week or so. This is starting to really depress me. What is the best medication to take to fall asleep?

Exercise: Exercise with good sleep hygiene is in my experience best for sound sleep. Reviewing your medicine I see Xanax (alprazolam) listed. Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine, a class of drugs well known to alter the sleep-wake cycle. If you suffer from a serious psychiatric condition please talk to your psychiatrist about your lack of sleep. ...Read more

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16w pregnant. Start sleeping on my left side at night but wake up on my back. When I'm aware, I change positions but sometimes I'm sound asleep. Harm?

16w pregnant. Start sleeping on my left side at night but wake up on my back. When I'm aware, I change positions but sometimes I'm sound asleep. Harm?

No: Absolutely not. This happens all the time. Also, you dont' have to worry about this until later in the pregnancy, like after 28-30 weeks. Just do your best when you get to that point in pregnancy, to lay on your left side. But definitely no harm to baby if you wake up on your back. ...Read more

Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more