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I have a broken bone in my neck, I am wearing a neck brace, is it ok if I lay on my back or is it better if I sleep sitting up the bone is broken on the second verterbrae, is it better if I sleep sitting up or laying down

Neck fracture: I assume you are not having neurologic symptoms and your physician is not concerned about potential neurologic deficits. If the fracture is not of this concern and possibly involves more peripheral structures like a spinous or transverse process, it primarily will depend upon what is most comfortable for you. Either seated or supine would be reasonable. ...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


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I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. Can stretchin or bein active help? Have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. Can stretchin or bein active help? Have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

Disc: Most disk problems can resolve within 4-6 weeks without specific treatment except anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication and occasional muscle relaxants. I don't recommend active exercises involving your back while you're symptomatic. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing but stay normally active. If symptoms remain severe after 4to6 weeks, consult pain management specialist or neurosurgeon ...Read more

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How can you sleep sitting up after surgery?

How can you sleep sitting up after surgery?

Get used to it...: I can sleep sitting up almost anywhere. I say it's from all the boring medical texts I had to read as a student - we get a lot of practice... And I mean sitting straight up on the couch. You will only have to do this for a short period of time and sooner or later your body will just crave sleep so much that it will start to come easier. Have faith! ...Read more

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Is there any real danger in sitting or sleeping in a draft?

Is there any real danger in sitting or sleeping in a draft?

Not really: Not really...However, when you are cold, your body needs to use more energy to maintain a stable core temperature. This requires more energy expenditure...Energy which could be used for immune function if you were especially debilitated or weak in the first place. ...Read more

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When I'm standing up or sitting down I can breath good but when I lay down and try to sleep I can't breath good. Why does this happen?

When I'm standing up or sitting down I can breath good but when I lay down and try to sleep I can't breath good. Why does this happen?

Orthopnea: This is called orthopnea. Are you having any other symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes anywhere on your body, fevers, weight loss, night sweats or diffuse itchiness? Are you having any swelling in your hands or feet? Overweight? How long has this been going on? It is worsening? I would recommend seeing a doctor. They will do a physical exam and perhaps get a chest xray. ...Read more

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What would cause a sensation of spinning when awoken from sleep (without sitting up or standing)? Happens few times a week Resolves after resting more

What would cause a sensation of spinning when awoken from sleep (without sitting up or standing)? Happens few times a week Resolves after resting more

Inner ear.: A sensation of spinning would most usually arise from something going on in the inner ear. While it could be vertigo, it would more likely be labyrinthitis, which is related to inflammation or infection in the inner ear with resultant disruption of the balance mechanism therein. Could be related to allergies if you have associated symptoms of such. ...Read more

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If I sleep sitting up right after I eat will I gain weight?

If I sleep sitting up right after I eat will I gain weight?

Weight gain: No. What you eat has more to do with weight gain than sleep position. ...Read more

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My husband sleeps whenever he is still. If he's sitting, he's sleeping. Now, he's falling asleep at the wheel. What could this be?

My husband sleeps whenever he is still. If he's sitting, he's sleeping. Now, he's falling asleep at the wheel. What could this be?

Eval now: I agree with dr bonuel. He may be suffering from narcolepsy amongst other things. This is dangerous and warrants prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Scared. Fall into" instant'sleep spells often sitting on couch. Sleep 1_3hours. Tonight began dozing while on the phone. Ideas? Thank you.

Scared. Fall into" instant'sleep spells often sitting on couch. Sleep 1_3hours. Tonight began dozing while on the phone. Ideas? Thank you.

Sleepiness: Sleepiness in your case may be due to the taking of tranquilizers like xanax (alprazolam) and some people experience fatigue or drowsiness while on beta blockers like metoprolol. Narcolepsy and sleep apnea can also cause problematic daytime somnolence. Discuss this symptom with your physician who will review your medications and refer you for appropriate tests or consultations with specialists like neurologist ...Read more

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I have back discomfort more than a week now. Its worst during prolonged sitting. At night, just discomfort. Relieve after sleeping. Should I worry?

I have back discomfort more than a week now. Its worst during prolonged sitting. At night, just discomfort. Relieve after sleeping. Should I worry?

You probably don't..: Need to worry, but it is something to pay attention to. At your age, you likely strained your lumbar support muscles during some, even mild, activity. Pain with sitting often suggests some degeneration of a disc which leads to inflammation/slight instability. Most all back pain gets better in a few weeks. Learn Back Stabilization Exercises, rest, use ice/heat, and OTC meds. To Doc if not better. ...Read more

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Sleep from 4 am to 10:30 am each " night".For almost a year now I fall asleep instantly sitting up on couch around 11pm to 1:30 am drs. Not concerned?

Sleep from 4 am to 10:30 am each " night".For almost a year now I fall asleep instantly sitting up on couch around 11pm to 1:30 am drs. Not concerned?

Your concern is?: What do you ask? We all have variations on the amount of sleep we need each night. You are getting a normal amount, 7:30 hours nightly. Would you like to "move bedtime and awake time fwd? " your circadian rhythms are set over last year. You need to move bedtime fwd about! Hr nightly. You will then be in synch. Asleep on couch fom 11pm--to 1:30 am doesn't sound like narcolepsy.See a sleep expert. ...Read more

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Sir, if we sleep by sitting on chairs (especially during night shifts), is this gives as much rest to body as we sleep on bed? Or any health effects?

Sir, if we sleep by sitting on chairs (especially during night shifts), is this gives as much rest to body as we sleep on bed? Or any health effects?

Not as restful: While sleeping upright in a chair, some of your muscles are still working to keep you upright, which could signal to your brain not to have a very deep, restorative sleep and cause daytime fatigue, decreased concentration, body aches among others. Sleeping horizontally allows your body to relax and enter into the 4 sleep stages that are crucial reset and repair your body. ...Read more

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I fell on my back on Tuesday and have seen a dr but my siatica pain is so severe I can't sleep and am really struggling to walk and sitting is agony.?

I fell on my back on Tuesday and have seen a dr but my siatica pain is so severe I can't sleep and am really struggling to walk and sitting is agony.?

Siatica + Back Pain: You should go back and have your doctor reexamine you if the pain is not getting better. You may need xrays if not done already, physio, or at least better analgesia ...Read more

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I feel tired very soon. Even if I stand for 5-10 min, I feel like finding a chair and sitting. I like sleeping a lottt and a bit lazy too. Any solutions?

I feel tired very soon. Even if I stand for 5-10 min, I feel like finding a chair and sitting. I like sleeping a lottt and a bit lazy too. Any solutions?

Chronic Tiredness: Being a young person with these complaints can be for several reasons get med checkup and lab work to assurela there is no medical causes dm, thyroid issues several other causes can present like that if there is no med issues get an eval with psychiatrist to discuss if the lack of motivation sleep disturbance is 2ndry to depression or not. Could be low vit d levels B12 deficiencies start with md. ...Read more

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Petrified. Sleep 6 to 7 hrs a night. Up for 12 to 14 hrs and at least 5 nights a week fall aslerp sitting up on couch 10pm or so until woken with effort?

Xanax (alprazolam): The most likely answer lies in the timing of your xanax (alprazolam) or your xanax (alprazolam) dose. Talk to your prescriber about that. If that does not help, then see a sleep disorders specialist. Always practice good sleep hygiene. http://counselingservice. Vassar. Edu/docs/sleep%20hygeine%20handout%20for%20clients. Pdf. ...Read more

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Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

Had cold week ago/using afrin (oxymetazoline). By very early morning, I get very stuffed up/can't sleep. Afrin (oxymetazoline) does not help. Sitting up makes better. What's wrong?

DUST ALLERGY??: Dust allergies can cause these symptoms- have you tried vacuuming the room at least once per week along with washing the linens? If persists, might try an electrostatic air filter, which your favorite a/c person could install for you! ...Read more

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Can't sleep.. Feels like something is sitting on my chest and I can't breathe?

Can't sleep.. Feels like something is sitting on my chest and I can't breathe?

Anxiety disorder: Is a subjective state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, palpitations, tremors, and. Rec.: see you pcp for the referral. ...Read more

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If you have apnea, do you snort while sleeping in a sitting position?

If you have apnea, do you snort while sleeping in a sitting position?

Sleep apnea: If you snore in the seated position, likely your sleep apnea is severe. Some people figure out that they sleep slightly better by sitting up but this will fail over time. If you are having that symptom you need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Bppv. We read that sleeping, sitting up, could help. Is this true? What other way could help besides the epley maneuver?

Exercises: The exercise therapies are the best treatment for benign positional vertigo
brandt-daroff maneuvers can help if epley does not. Sit on the side of the bed, then lay down on your side of the affected ear. Sit up again, then lay down on the opposite side. Repeat 5 times in a row, twice daily. ...Read more

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My blood oxygen sitting down is 96...when sleep at night and lay dawn almost 92-93. ..I feel like no oxygen in my body. What can help

Oxygen: Hello and Welcome to HealthTap, there are couple of different possibilities; the most important ones being obstructive Sleep Apneia. Others could be Obesity hypoventilation Syndrome, cardiovascular and/or lung relate issues. If you are interested I will be more than happy to go through a detailed history, I need more information to differentiate one from the other. I hope it helps. Thank you :) ...Read more

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When I sleep, there's at time that I suddenly woke up sitting but when I wanna sleep back to my pillow I felt like I wanna faint or something. Why?

When I sleep, there's at time that I suddenly woke up sitting but when I wanna sleep back to my pillow I felt like I wanna faint or something. Why?

Nobody knows: No medical answer. This is unknown so far. A sleep study may be useful but will probably be normal unless you have more additional issues such as snoring or stop of breathing, and both are highly unlikely with your age. Therefore, relax and do not worry. ...Read more

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Do I need to sleep sitting up after rhinoplasty? Will I need to sleep sitting up or with my head elevated after rhinoplasty, or can I sleep normally? .

Do I need to sleep sitting up after rhinoplasty? Will I need to sleep sitting up or with my head elevated after rhinoplasty, or can I sleep normally? .

Head Elevated: Following rhinoplasty, it's important to rest with your head elevated and sleep on your back for a few weeks following surgery. Recliners and "husband" pillows work well for elevating your head while resting/sleeping. ...Read more

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