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Can white noise be disruptive to my deep sleep?

Can white noise be disruptive to my deep sleep?

White noise effects: Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc. While some work better than others, many people find they help them fall and/or remain asleep. Their effectiveness can vary with level of fatigue and depth of sleep cycle. Anyone caring for a baby or child should avoid anything that will make it hard to hear crying. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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White Noise (Definition)

Some crying children are calmed by white noise or shushing noise from parents (perhaps reminiscent of sounds the babies heard in the womb). Such noise can be very helpful for children with colic, especially in combination ...Read more


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I am hearing my teeth grinding and i'm not being able to move my body during sleep. Is it possible to be awake during sleep?

I am hearing my teeth grinding and i'm not being able to move my body during sleep. Is it possible to be awake during sleep?

Tooth grinding: Tooth grinding or bruxism is very common, and it is treated by mouth guard. Sleep paralysis is also common, which might be sporadic (without association with any disease) or seen in patient with narcolepsy. Read about them at www.Lasleepdr.Com. ...Read more

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What is REM behavior disorder and can it look like a seizure and cause eyes to roll and a body to be limp and not be able to wake someone. I?

What is REM behavior disorder and can it look like a seizure and cause eyes to roll and a body to be limp and not be able to wake someone. I?

REM sleep disorder: Rem behavior disorder: normal the body is paralyzed in rem sleep, which the person has vivid dreams. Rem behavior disorder causes the person to act out these dreams because the person looses the normal paralysis typical of rem sleep. Sometimes people can be quite violent when they act out dreams. Limpness is generally not a part of this disorder. ...Read more

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Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Can septoplasty cause sleep apnea? I've read sleep apnea is due to obstructed breathing. So if septoplasty leaves a lot of scarring, could it be enough to obstruct breathing  and cause sleep apnea? My sister has sleep apnea and uses a cpap machine. I don'

Septoplasty...apnea: On the contrary, septoplasty is supposed to increase air flow. There will always be scarring after surgery but scarring results in tightening and shrinkage of tissue. Many early snoring surgeries were aimed at creating scar tissue to tighten the palatal tissue and in theory increasing the airway opening. ...Read more

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Waking up with arrhythmia/heart racing / sweating. Could it be sleep apnea? If so what can I do to fix it without a sleep study? I'm only 23

Waking up with arrhythmia/heart racing / sweating. Could it be sleep apnea? If so what can I do to fix it without a sleep study? I'm only 23

Sleep apnea: If you are overweight, losing weight not only reduces pressure on the airways, the tongue shrinks in size, further opening the airway. Don't sleep on your back ( sew a pocket in a t-shirt and put a tennis ball in it ). See an ENT to make sure that there isn't a problem with deviated septum, tonsils or adenoids. Use breathe rite strips. See a dentist to have a custom sleep device made. ...Read more

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I have no problem falling asleep but my sleep seems shallow and filled with dreams. I want to fall into a deep sleep and get rest. What to do???

I have no problem falling asleep but my sleep seems shallow and filled with dreams.  I want to fall into a deep sleep and get rest.  What to do???

See a specialist: Insomnia, defined as insufficient or inadequate sleep, is a common sleep complaint that has been estimated to affect 25 to 35 % of the adult population. See a sleep specialist for evaluation sleep tests and a professional treatment. ...Read more

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I have poor quality sleep because of my osa. Is there anything i can do to be more energized thru the day?

I have poor quality sleep because of my osa. Is there anything i can do to be more energized thru the day?

FATIGUE WITH OSA: Provigil iand nuvigil help with energy and fatigue Also adderal/Ritalin/Starttera. Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gut loss.com. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Also with PCOD metformin may help with IGT AND weight loss. ...Read more

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My dad sleep make a lot of noise snoring sound like a blockage in the air flow he smokes a lot, its loud and scares me can it be sleep apnea r smke?

My dad sleep make a lot of noise snoring sound like a blockage in the air flow  he smokes a lot, its loud and scares me can it be sleep apnea r smke?

Perhaps: If your father snores, he can have obstructive sleep apnea(osa). Signs of having osa include snoring, daytime somnolence, morning headaches, and tiredness. Patients at risk of this disease tend to be overweight and have a short neck. Epworth sleepiness scale and sleep apnea clinical scores can help identify people at risk of this condition. A formal sleep study may need to be done to make dx. ...Read more

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My high pitch tinnitus is audible, due to stress, anxiety and hvy sleep loss. How can I treat it and will it fade away with the stress?

My high pitch tinnitus is audible, due to stress, anxiety and hvy sleep loss. How can I treat it and will it fade away with the stress?

Well...yeah, I guess: If you absolutely know WHAT THE TRIGGERS are for you tinnitus and you work to solve those issues then, certainly it stands to reason that the noise should subside, right? On the other hand if it doesn't then, there other options. Do you know what caused the condition in the first place? Treating the cause is the most effective way around this problem. There are white noise cancellation devices. ...Read more

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If your best sleep is during REM sleep which also happens to be when you dream... Begonia it when I have dreams those are my worst sleeps?

If your best sleep is during REM sleep which also happens to be when you dream... Begonia it when I have dreams those are my worst sleeps?

REM sleep is: dream sleep and psychologically healthy and non-REM is when the physical body heals. We need both. A psychologist or sleep expert can help you influence the content of your dreams and help you process emotional material so that your dreams are not so negative. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

Pillows & back pain: Hello. It's pretty common for most people to use a pillow for head elevation while sleeping. It's also pretty common for pillows to be used in other areas to help alleviate or prevent but not cause pain in the back, hips, etc. ...Read more

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I tense very easily. Even when i'm in bed "relaxing" i tend to tense. What can I do to diminish this problem?

I tense very easily. Even when i'm in bed "relaxing" i tend to tense. What can I do to diminish this problem?

Tense?: U need to see u pcp for evaluation and work up . He can give u medication and refer u for therapy. ...Read more

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I'm not sleeping but 4 hrs which is interrupted sleep. My eyes have started twitching due to this. What can I take to sleep?

I'm not sleeping but 4 hrs which is interrupted sleep.  My eyes have started twitching due to this.  What can I take to sleep?

See MD: You don't sleep enough and when you do, you don't sleep well. Rather than take something for sleep, i would suggest you see your internist or family doc to find out why you don't sleep well. You may even need to have a sleep study done. Eye twitching can clearly come from lack of sleep. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. Can that be related to asthma.

Sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. Can that be related to asthma.

No: The more likely cause is that you are experiencing a gasping arousal from sleep apnea. I would recommend that you talk to your family doctor about this and get a referral to your local sleep disorder specialist. A gasping arousal occurs when you stop breathing and eventually become so shortof breath that you wake up gasping for air. This is quite different from an asthma attack which include symptoms of wheezing generally. The fact that it is very much sleep related would alsospeak for being part of a gasping arousal. ...Read more

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Will and ssri be helpful in getting me out of very deep depression where i'm totally isolated, just want to sleep my life away, thinking badly?

Will and ssri be helpful in getting me out of very deep depression where i'm totally isolated, just want to sleep my life away, thinking badly?

It could: Ssris are often very effective in treating depression, but a combination of medication and psychotherapy often better than either alone. Close follow up in psychotherapy also can help monitor for emergence of problematic reactions and work on reducing isolation and increasing activity. Creating some structure and developing a routine to reduce withdrawal can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Its hard for me to breathe during daytime due to sinusitis clogged nose and large tonsils with acid reflux. Is it possible to affect my heart?

Its hard for me to breathe during daytime due to sinusitis clogged nose and large tonsils with acid reflux. Is it possible to affect my heart?

No: It is highly unlikely to affect your heart. If you have underlying coronary artery disease and your breathing issues are causing lack of oxygen levels in your blood, then it may effect your heart. At your age, that would be quite rare. ...Read more

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Could it be that my sleep apnea leads me to my severe add?

Could it be that my sleep apnea leads me to my severe add?

Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea causes deficient oxygenation to the brain and intermittent arousals from sleep depriving the quality and quantity of sleep. It definitely leads to trouble with attention, concentration, motivation, sex drive etc sleep study an CPAP titration will help along with diet and weight loss. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Difficult To Wake From Sleep (Definition)

Deep sleep refers to sleep that is especially difficult to arouse from. ...Read more