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How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

Back is best: The back to sleep campaign that started in the 90's brought a 40% drop in crib death rates in the us.After initial resistance, most have come to understand it's value. Thankfully, the most vulnerable period has passed when kids can roll and turn over. Positioners, wedges and other items offered to stop this are unreliable.Infants should be on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. ...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'm 19 can not get sleep at night •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

•I'm 19 can not get sleep at night                     •during the day I get tired and take a nap. •how can I prevent this from happening?

Narcolepsy: Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain's ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. There is also disturbed sleep at night which is confused with insomnia. Get yourself evaluated . See a neurologist ...Read more

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Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it? .

Is it true that nursing can cause tooth decay? I've heard that nursing can cause a child's teeth to decay, especially if they nurse right before falling asleep. Is there any truth to this? If so, is there anything we can do to prevent it?


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Decay happens!: The same rules apply whether you bottle feed or nurse...Teeth that are not cleaned and are covered with breast milk, formula or food will be at higher of decay. The cure is to make sure you use the age appropriate oral hygiene techniques after ever feeding - even bedtime! you're the parent and you create the culture of oral healthcare and oral hygiene in your home. ...Read more

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Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Really difficult to sleep in the night. Feeling kind of anxious but don't know why and this prevents from falling asleep. And happens only at night?

Initial Insomnia.: When some people lie down to sleep and there are no distractions, they begin to ruminate. The more they ruminate, the more anxious they feel & the more they stimulate their brain. The brain needs to slow down for you to sleep. Buspar (buspirone) sometimes helps someone to be calm at that time just before sleep. Consider deep breathing exercises, meditation or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Is it safe for babies to sleep or nap while someone is baby wearing them (in Moby, Ergo, ring sling, etc) assuming you're doing it properly?

Yes: It is safe as long as it is used properly and their airway is free and clear. In other countries, babies are "worn" by a mother 24/7! ...Read more

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Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

Is it safe for babies to sleep overnight or nap in Baby Swings or Rock n' Plays?

No, it is not safe!: Infants should not sleep in "Baby Swings", or "Rock n' Play" by Fisher Price. The best way to prevent "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome" is to place infants on their back, which also encourages normal physical and motor development. They should sleep on a firm, flat surface. ...Read more

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Will caffiene prevent you from getting deep sleep if you are able to fall asleep?

Will caffiene prevent you from getting deep sleep if you are able to fall asleep?

Sleep onset: It is more likely to increase the sleep onset, in other words, it makes it harder to go to sleep. It may also make if more likely to have more light sleep which might mean less deep and rem sleep. All stimulants should be avoided to give you the best chance of good sleep. ...Read more

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Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more

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Last night I laid in bed for 5 hours and couldn't fall asleep(I'm sick). What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

Last night I laid in bed for 5 hours and couldn't fall asleep(I'm sick). What can I do to prevent this from happening again?

See a Doctor: You need to treat the illness not take something for sleep. If you could sleep because you were sick you should be seen ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly. Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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I randomly fall asleep during the day. How do I prevent this?

I randomly fall asleep during the day. How do I prevent this?

Need more info...: You need to see a sleep specialist. If you have significant hypersomnolence, it could be due to something as simple as insufficient sleep, in which case you need to increase your total sleep time. It could also be a disorder of hypersomnolence such as narcolepsy, or medication side effect. Or a combination of the above. Bottom line: see a sleep specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

How can I prevent myself from falling asleep while standing up?

Unusual: Sleeping in unusual positions or situations indicate the possibility of what we call sleep attacks, a symptom of narcolepsy. This can result in bodily injury. You should see a sleep specialist asap. ...Read more

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What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

Ideas: When on a long trip of any sorts, breaking time up can be helpful. You may want to set timers and play games. Thinking like listening to audio book or podcast can help and changing focus (actually changing books after 30 minutes to 1 hour) can be helpful. Chewing gum/eating but don't want to add a ton of extra calories. The last recomm.--> stop and brisk walk for 5 min every ~60 miles. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

How can I prevent my hands from falling asleep?

Sleeping hands: It sounds like you are having tingling in your hands, this is often related to nerve problems in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is one form of this. You cannot prevent this if it is happening, but you can see your physician for testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How to prevent itchy throat while I am asleep?

How to prevent itchy throat while I am asleep?

Itchy throat: An itchy throat in your sleep can be secondary to post nasal drip or acid reflux. You need to see your doctor to determine which it is and treat it accordingly. ...Read more

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Anybody know the cause and prevention of falling asleep driving?

Anybody know the cause and prevention of falling asleep driving?

Find the cause first: Get an evaluation by a sleep specialist to find and fix the underlying cause (sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, etc). Short of that, opening the car window and shewing (gum, beef jerky, etc) may prove helpful in some individuals. Caffeine may help as well but it takes time: 30-50 minutes to kick in after consumption; and it should not be taken close to bedtime. ...Read more

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How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

How can I prevent falling asleep while driving in the morning without caffeine?

Help driving: I agree with the other docs here, do not drive if you're drowsy. But, it is important to find out what is causing you to be so drowsy in the morning? Do you have undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea? Are you not sleeping well at night? I applaud you for trying to avoid caffeine. Have you tried waking up earlier and allowing yourself more time to wake up in the morning b4 driving? AM Exercise? ...Read more

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Naps (Definition)

Napping is a normal part of a baby's sleep routine. They typically sleep more than 12 hours out of 24 throughout the first year, but not all of ...Read more