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Can you slowly train your body to need less and less sleep to be healthy?

Can you slowly train your body to need less and less sleep to be healthy?

Nope: It's not quantity but the quality of sleep. You can train yourself to sleep less, but you can't train it to need less quality sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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've heard it is healthiest to sleep on your back. Is this true? If so, how can I train my body to sleep on my back? I've always slept on my side.

I've heard it is healthiest to sleep on your back. Is this true? If so, how can I train my body to sleep on my back? I've always slept on my side.

See below: Agree with dr. Grin. For a person who does not have sleep apnea, there is not one truly optimum position. All positions are fine to sleep on, whether on your back or side. For people with sleep apnea, sleeping on the back is avoided due to the tongue falling back and obstructing the airway in addition to gravity's role. Thus, if you are healthy, sleeping on your side works great! hope that helps. ...Read more

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How do I train my body to sleep more?

How do I train my body to sleep more?

Start w good sleep: hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use 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. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...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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My body temp is higher than normal at night during sleep, one time in the 100s. I'm a healthy 30 y.O., no smoking or drinking and my BP is fine. Why?

My body temp is higher than normal at night during sleep, one time in the 100s.  I'm a healthy 30 y.O., no smoking or drinking and my BP is fine. Why?

Diurnal variation: Human body sets it's temperature levels so the lowest (normal) temperature is in am, & highest (normal) temperature is at night. Normals vary among individuals, but in a given individual the temperature setting is rather constant. So your normal is 100 at night and perhaps 98 in am. Someone else maybe 96 in am & 98 at bedtime. See http://www.Unm.Edu/~lkravitz/article%20folder/thermoregulation.Html. ...Read more

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What are some good, healthy ways to sleep train my 14 month old? He is still co sleeping, and I just had my second baby, so he should be in own bed.

What are some good, healthy ways to sleep train my 14 month old? He is still co sleeping, and I just had my second baby, so he should be in own bed.

Big kid bed: Have you tried putting him in a bed of his own in your room? Some people find that helps ease the childs transition from bed sharing to sleeping in a separate bedroom. After that is established, the bed (now familiar the the child) can be moved to the childs room. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 21 year old and have physically weak body my weight is 88.18 lbs. And also have a problem with sleeping. What should i do to improve my health?

I'm 21 year old and have physically weak body my weight is 88.18 lbs. And also have a problem with sleeping. What should i do to  improve my health?

Diet and exercise: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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26/F. Healthy. Past 2 weeks body itching when overtired, NOT interrupting sleep. Not everyday. Also, sudden right knee pain. Chances of lymphoma?

26/F. Healthy. Past 2 weeks body itching when overtired, NOT interrupting sleep. Not everyday. Also, sudden right knee pain. Chances of lymphoma?

Quite low: Before you activate anxiety symptoms it is a good idea to check into the status of what you already know you have - thyroid issues. See you provider for eval of your levels. Meanwhile, try to avoid situational reasons for being overly tired and consider a knee support cuff. It's good you think of yourself as healthy, but do check thyroid levels and basis for knee pain w/ a provider ASAP. Best! ...Read more

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35, I drink 8 glasses of water, try to stop drinking about 2h before sleeping, eat healthy, train 6/7. Why I wake up about 4 times to pee every night?

35, I drink 8 glasses of water, try to stop drinking about 2h before sleeping, eat healthy, train 6/7. Why I wake up about 4 times to pee every night?

Ry 7 glasses: of water daily and see if it helps. If you have excessive thirst also please see you doc. Possibility of diabetes. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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12 month old girl had 3-4 episodes of shaking in all her body, symmetrical, while asleep, lasted about 3-5 seconds. Otherwise healthy. Is that normal?

12 month old girl had 3-4 episodes of shaking in all her body, symmetrical, while asleep, lasted about 3-5 seconds. Otherwise healthy. Is that normal?

Maybe not: I would try to catch an episode on your smart phone and show it to your babies doc at a scheduled appointment. Kids can do some twitchy things after sleep, but this sounds a bit unusual. ...Read more

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What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

Not sure: Not sure how you define each. Sleep habits in adults are individual and body needs vary. If you dream when you sleep the amount of sleep you need tends to be less in order to fell refreshed. In general +/- 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep should be good. Judge by how you feel. Whatever refreshes YOU is what you need. Avoid alcohol caffeine or stimulants in the evening and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Medically, what should be the duration, should avg. Man sleep?To be healthy...As i hve sleeping problems..Please tell..

Medically, what should be the duration, should avg. Man sleep?To be healthy...As i hve sleeping problems..Please tell..

Depends on age: Average sleep time depends mostly on age. 6-8 hours is normal for a grown adult. If you are having difficulty with sleep issues, speak to a physician about a sleep study to determine is you have an adequate airway during sleep and if there are other observable abnormalities that cn be identified. ...Read more

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