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Best Sleep Mask
One for both: Research has shown that a device that positions the lower jaw forward while sleeping as is used for snoring and sleep apnea, also reduces sleep bruxism episodes. This is the only type of oral device that will actually reduce the number of bruxism events. Other dvices for bruxsim will protect the teeth and in some instances, decrease the intensity of the muscle contractions seen in bruxism. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Behavioral Treatment: The best treatments are stimulus control and sleep restriction. Stimulus control means only use the bedroom fro sleep and sex and if you are not sleepy after 15 minutes get up. Sleep restriction restricts your time in bed to the actual amount of time you are sleeping and only permits you to lengthen your time in bed when you are sleeping 90% of that. See a behavioral sleep medicine specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can using an eye mask ("siesta mask") during sleep negatively affect circadian rhythm and/or healthy sleep?
R/O OSA: YES BUT cpap is more effective for OSA SX& Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No best: My practice is limited to dental sleep medicine and I have found there is no best appliance. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The best thing to do is to work with a dentist with lots of experience in this field and have them work with you to select an appliance that best fits your mouth. Many, but not all of those dentists are certified by the american board of dental sleep medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Continous Pressure: CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device..Continually introduces positive pressure either through your mouth or your nose (depending on the type of mask). This prevents the collapse of your tissues (tongue, soft palate, throat) from obstructing your breath while lying down. The exact pressure is determine by a titration study which is done before treatment is initiated. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is sleep apnea related to COPD and/or asthma? What are some effective treatments for someone with sleep apnea and COPD - cpap, bipap, pillows?
CPAP mask fit: The one that fits most comfortably yet provides the necessary delivery eliminating any significant oxygen desaturation. There are many available so there should be one that is comfortable yet provides a good seal. Many have associated restless leg syndrome or periodic limb movement disorder, therefor aggressively treating that effectively seems to allow for more comfort with cpap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Sleep Hygiene: 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep & sex. Put work materials, computers, & tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best natural sleeping remedys for insomnia, sleeping disturbance? Instead of having to take sleeping pills / painkillers to sleep?
Sleep hygiene is key: Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath, lavender scent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For Sleep Apnea: A diagnostic sleep study is data that is painlessly collected by sensors while you are sleeping. This is typically done at a sleep center, and evaluated by an md who is a sleep specialist. Sometimes this data indicates that you stop breathing at night. This is called sleep apnea and the treatment is a CPAP device that helps you breath. Titration, is just the adjustment of this device for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best time to sleep at night? Should it be between 8:30p.M. To 10:30p.M., or just before 11 p.M.?Sleep for how many hours?6 to 9?
Comfortable one: People sleep in many positions, back, abdomen and side. With proper support of the neck, legs and back most any position is best. Some would prefer you not sleep on the abdomen due to the greater rotation of the cervical spine. Pillows are very improtant. Those that support the neck, lower back, between the legs help maintain normal curvature and posture. Sleep on it and find out best for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally speaking: Side sleeping is considered the best position after back sleeping. Side sleeping can help to decrease snoring ; to reduce back ; neck pain. Sleeping on the left side during pregnancy can help fetal blood flow. Otherwise, the choice of side is totally up to what you find comfortable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your comfort: Some women (especially those w larger breasts or who are pregnant) sleep in bra for comfort. It is recommended that bra worn for sleep have soft cup w/o underwire or metal clasps. A shelf or cross-over design is also recommended. Bras worn for sleep are made from soft materials. Use of improper cup depth can lead to rashes or chafing (due to breast contact against chest wall w trapped sweat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good sleep hygiene: Good sleep hygiene refers to making sure that you go to bed at the same time each night, waking the same time each morning, make sure that your bedroom is dark, cool to about 68 degrees f, and quiet. You should never watch tv or read in bed, as it can cause your brain to associate bed with those activities. You want your brain to associate bed with sleep. Sleep and sex only. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: No medication is good for sleep. All are potentially addictive. The safest, best, and most enduring way to get good sleep consistently each night is sleep hygiene - same time each night, no meal within 1 hour of sleep, resolving stress as much as possible, healthy overall, no activities in bed like reading or watching TV - only sleep and sex, and limiting alcohol, caffeine, and excess sugars. ...Read more
Don't cut sleep: Really you don't want to cut short your sleep time. Insufficient sleep has been linked with numerous medical conditions including heart disease, premature death, obesity, etc. To increase your quality of sleep you should practice good sleep hygiene (google it, not enough room here to explain). ...Read more
Support: Whether you are on your side, back or stomach, you must have the proper support. If your back is not properly aligned, you will cause stress. If it is aligned you will be happier in the morning. There are many brands of mattress that advertise this alignment, you could find the one that fits your body the best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer