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Do you get the same amount of rest from sleeping as laying down with your eyes closed?

Do you get the same amount of rest from sleeping as laying down with your eyes closed?

No: Sleep is a beautifully orchestrated, highly conserved, complex body function with several brain systems working in concert. It is a vital restorative process that among other things helps with memory consolidation, metabolic function, immune competence, and growth. Quiet rest does not achieve the same brain state as sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and leading a non-sedentary lifestyle. ...Read more

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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Pressure in head when laying down to sleep. Mostly in forehead, near eyes and nose. Sides of head as well? No other symptoms noticed so far.

Pressure in head when laying down to sleep. Mostly in forehead, near eyes and nose. Sides of head as well? No other symptoms noticed so far.

Sinusitis: See your doctor for an evaluation. It is hard to say what the problem is. A sinus infection is one possibility. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I lay down to sleep. When I close my eyes I feel like my body is shaking. Not sure?

Sometimes when I lay down to sleep. When I close my eyes I feel like my body is shaking. Not sure?

Hypnic Jerk: It is a common benign involuntary muscle twitching as your body is going thru muscle relaxation. Since it is involuntary, you have no control over the movement. ...Read more

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When I lay down and about to sleep. When my eyes close I feel like I'm falling. And when I open them I feel wared out. Any cure or treatment? Help!!!

When I lay down and about to sleep. When my eyes close I feel like I'm falling. And when I open them I feel wared out. Any cure or treatment? Help!!!

Go to bed earlier!: You may be very exhausted when going to bed, and during pre-sleep there is a phase where the muscles are slightly stiff then relax (hypnagogic myoclonic twitch or “Hypnic jerk”) that is normal before entering into sleep. It's just that you are overly aware of this sensation, versus being already asleep. So, it's more pronounced when you're overtired! See: http://www. Failedsuccess. Com/index. Php? /web ...Read more

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I am not getting proper sleep when lay on the bed I closed my eyes even though my mind is not sleeping?

I am not getting proper sleep when lay on the bed I closed my eyes even though my mind is not sleeping?

Help sleeping: There are many things you could try to help you fall asleep. Make sure you are tired when you go to sleep. Do not take naps during the day so you will be tired when it comes time to sleep. Do not drink caffeine in the afternoon. Do not eat too much 2 hrs before sleeping. Exercise during the day. Count sheep or numbers to get your mind off other things. Write down things you need to do. ...Read more

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I have been trouble sleeping for the past fee days. I feel as if I'm just laying there with my eyes closed but my mind is awake. Should I be worried?

I have been trouble sleeping for the past fee days. I feel as if I'm just laying there with my eyes closed but my mind is awake. Should I be worried?

Sleep strategy: Your "thinking brain" and your "feeling brain" can inhibit each other. If you are trying to sleep but thinking, including observing that you are still awake, will keep you from getting to sleep. The feeling brain distracts the thinking brain so you can sleep. Running a fan in the room or focusing on how comfortable the bed feels, or any such thing allows sleep onset. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and sometimes I have trouble sleeping I get a head tension when I lay down and close my eyes. It comes randomly only during the night.

I have anxiety and sometimes I have trouble sleeping I get a head tension when I lay down and close my eyes. It comes randomly only during the night.

Here is some of the: Info that dr. Jacobson referred to. 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. Try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading ; warm bath. ...Read more

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I have severe dry eyes & throat only when lying down. Not just during sleep, just when laying horizontal. Am fine again soon after sitting up. Why?

I have severe dry eyes & throat only when lying down. Not just during sleep, just when laying horizontal. Am fine again soon after sitting up. Why?

Lag and Sjogrens: There is a condition called lagophthalmos that you may want to read up on that can cause the dry eye symptoms. Mouth breathing and Sjögren's syndrome needs to be examined as well. You need to visit your ophthalmologist to see if these conditions are part of the cause of your constellation of symptoms. ...Read more

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Laid down to sleep. When I closed my eyes I saw flashing white light. Like a strobe light. Only when I close my eyes. Cause for concern?

Laid down to sleep. When I closed my eyes I saw flashing white light. Like a strobe light. Only when I close my eyes. Cause for concern?

No: If it happened once; no reason for any concern.
If happens repeatedly and associated with headache/dizziness or vertigo some times then you should see your doctor for possibility of migrain. ...Read more

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Every night when I lay down and close my eyes even before I fall asleep I feel like my bed is shaking....what could be causing this?

Every night when I lay down and close my eyes even before I fall asleep I feel like my bed is shaking....what could be causing this?

Inner Ear problem: Seems very likely. If you lie down during the day, does the same thing happen? The fluids in your inner ears reposition when you do this, and that can cause strange dizziness symptoms, like these. An ENT could sort it out. But look at dizziness-and-balance. Com and maybe you can find your problem there and a suggested treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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When I start to go to sleep I feel my breath cuts off sometimes while I'm laying in my back. It happens when my eyes are drowsy, what's wrong?

When I start to go to sleep I feel my breath cuts off sometimes while I'm laying in my back. It happens when my eyes are drowsy, what's wrong?

APNEA: You may have apnea and need to get tested. Untreated, this condition can lead to other conditions. See your doctor to arrange for a sleep study as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to sleep without closing her eyes?

Is it normal for my baby to sleep without closing her eyes?

Yes.: This is a normal phenomenon. The most common condition that can somewhat mimic this partial eye opening in sleep is bell's palsy. Unlike the normal incomplete eye closure above, in bell's there is true weakness typically of the eye closing muscles on one side with frequent involvement of other facial muscles on that affected side. Commonly there is sound sensitivity and some change in taste. ...Read more

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I always sleep with my eyes opened during the night but during the day it always closed. Why is this?

I always sleep with my eyes opened during the night but during the day it always closed. Why is this?

Genetic condition: My daughter and I have this condition also. As long as you don't get dry eye, there is nothing to worry about. If so, use lubricating eye gel at bedtime. This condition is found most commonly in Mongolia and in descendents from areas that the Mongolians once conquered. ...Read more

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Am I tired or is it something else? I have been getting sleep, not sure if it's good sleep or just closing my eyes. I'm waking up still tired

Am I tired or is it something else? I have been getting sleep, not sure if it's good sleep or just closing my eyes. I'm waking up still tired

Tired after sleep: Several possibilities, one of which is sleep apnea. This produces poor quality sleep. Please see your doc who can determine the source of your fatigue, which may also have something to do w/diet and lifestyle. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My 6 mth old has been crying with eyes closed in his sleep at night, he will struggle, not consolable, but he is happy in daytime. How to help to stop?

My 6 mth old has been crying with eyes closed in his sleep at night, he will struggle, not consolable, but he is happy in daytime. How to help to stop?

Night terrors: Night terrors can occur from infancy through adulthood; 1-6% of kids have them. It's most common between 4-12 years for kids and between 20-30 years for adults. Most childhood onset sleep terrors resolve by adolescence. Other than ensuring that there's nothing in the crib your baby could bang on, there is not much to do except make sure that your baby has a consistent sleep schedule. ...Read more

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Why I feel like I get dry and stretched eyes while sleeping or lying down?

Why I feel like I get dry and stretched eyes while sleeping or lying down?

Dry Eyes: Dry eyes, caused by inadequate tear production, has many potential causes, including the ageing process, side effects of certain drugs such a antihistamines, certain diseases that affect tear production, and structural abnormalities of the eyelids. If your eyes only dry out when sleeping, you may have a condition whereby your lids do not stay closed while asleep. ...Read more

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For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

Flashing lights: In visual field indicates a need for you to see your opthalmogist (eye doc) ASAP. It MAY be a retina that is detaching or it may be more minor. Either way be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've been trying to sleep and I have my eyes closed, but my eyes keep moving fast in a circle. Why?

I've been trying to sleep and I have my eyes closed, but my eyes keep moving fast in a circle. Why?

Nystagmus: You need to see an Oculoplastic surgeon or neuro-ophthalmologist for examination. The eye movements may be related to many things, however, without a careful history and exam it is impossible to make the proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Occas. My 2yo suddenly wakes up crying and sitting up. Eyes still closed. Goes on about 5-25 minutes- seems like he's not there. Goes back to sleep. Help?

Occas. My 2yo suddenly wakes up crying and sitting up. Eyes still closed. Goes on about 5-25 minutes- seems like he's not there. Goes back to sleep. Help?

Poor sleep patterns: Your description is classical for a night terror, a sleep disturbance commonly linked to sleep deficits. A short term (days) or long term period where the kid is not getting enough efficient sleep may set it off. Other factors can contribute to the process. Adding as little as a half hour of sleep/24hrs can sometimes decrease or end the events. Kids in a nightmare wake up when you touch them. ...Read more

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I have vaginal thrush and I think IV accidently iched down there and then touched my eyes whilst I was sleeping. My eyes are aching and sore now?

I have vaginal thrush and I think IV accidently iched down there and then touched my eyes whilst I was sleeping. My eyes are aching and sore now?

See ophthalmologist: Do not delay. Without seeing your eyes it is impossible to diagnose, but the last thing you need is to damage your vision. Get seen asap. ...Read more