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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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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