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Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

It can: Sleeping in certain positions, namely stomach can increase likelihood of swallowing air because the esophagus (tube leading to stomach) remains opened. On back the airway and gravity mostly collapse this tube. ...Read more

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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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When during pregnancy should I change my sleep position?

When during pregnancy should I change my sleep position?

Yes: In a perfect world, pregnant women should sleep on their left sides. This allow the uterus and baby to roll off the blood vessels and allow greater blood return to the heart and subsequently to the baby. In most people, without severe anemia, it doesn't make as much difference if you sleep on your right, left or even back. I do tell back sleepers to try to lay on a pillow under one hip. ...Read more

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Recently i keep vomit & headache. Doctor told that i got gerd. Since no symptom of diarrhea. Still headache when lie down & change my sleep position.

Recently i keep vomit & headache. Doctor told that i got gerd. Since no symptom of diarrhea. Still headache when lie down & change my sleep position.

Unrelated: While your doctor may be correct about gerd, positional headaches are not a feature associated with gerd. Other diagnoses are entertained which needs further evaluation., . ...Read more

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How can you change your sleeping position when new partner?

How can you change your sleeping position when new partner?

Go for it: I'm not sure i understand your question, but if you are used to an empty bed, and you now have a partner, it can be a little bit of a challenge initially. First of all, get a bed that is big enough for the two of you. Then, i'm sure that it will all work out. ...Read more

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Does getting braces mean you have to change your sleeping position?

Braces and sleep: In general no. Sometimes face/mough/jaw can be sore at times which may be a factor in position you sleep. ...Read more

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At 15 weeks pregnant is it safe to sleep on your back? When do you have to change your sleeping position when pregnant?

At 15 weeks pregnant is it safe to sleep on your back? When do you have to change your sleeping position when pregnant?

Comfort!: Comfort is this guide. There is no nor will there be a "required" or an "unsafe" position. Your COMFORT is the only rule! Hope this helps Good Luck! Dr Z ...Read more

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I wake up with a stiff neck everyday. Should i change my pillow? Sleeping position? Ideas?

I wake up with a stiff neck everyday. Should i change my pillow? Sleeping position? Ideas?

Neck Pain: Arthritic symptoms typically cause stiffness with inactivity that seems to loosen up as the day gets rolling. Don't waste money, but trying a couple different pillows could help. Taking an otc anti-inflammatory at bedtime could also help. Mckenzie pt, nsaid's, are reasonable as a first step. Md eval next. ...Read more

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What sleep position helps you grow taller?

What sleep position helps you grow taller?

None.: There is no sleeping position that makes you taller. ...Read more

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Best sleep position(s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Best sleep position(s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Use pillows: Dear JenniScott, Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more