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Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Yes: In around 30% and up to 50% of the time sleep apnea and snoring improves when the person is not on his/her back. Therefore, sleeping on the side may improve the sleep quality if the person has positional sleep apnea. Pain associated with certain conditions may get better or worse with certain positions. Pain affects the quality of sleep. ...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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Can having a radio playing at night while you sleep affect the quality of your sleep?

Can having a radio playing at night while you sleep affect the quality of your sleep?

Yes use good sleep: Hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. >>>. ...Read more

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Does sleeping on your back correlate with sleep terrors?

Sleep Terrors: There has not been any particular body position that increases the risk of or correlates with sleep terrors. ...Read more

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Does the brain rest better if you lie down and sleep as opposed to sleeping while sitting? Even if you sleep for the same number of hours? Why?

Does the brain rest better if you lie down and sleep as opposed to sleeping while sitting? Even if you sleep for the same number of hours? Why?

It's an "old": concept that lying down allowed more "circulation" to the brain thus was "healthier" This is not proven by any scientifically based medical stdies that i know of! IF THE SLEEP IS COMFORTABLE AND DEEP it is just as "good" for the brain as prone sleep! My Opnion Only Hope it helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Will sleeping on the floor cause you have problems with sleep patterns?

Will sleeping on the floor cause you have problems with sleep patterns?

Sleep: Sleeping on the floor is good for the back unless the floor is cold or hot and can affect temperature regulation. ...Read more

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Does sleeping on your back cause sleep paralysis?

Does sleeping on your back cause sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis: During REM sleep, when you are dreaming, your body is paralyzed so you do not act out your dreams and hurt yourself. Sometimes people wake up out of REM but their muscles are still paralyzed. It is very alarming but it goes away on its own. Sleeping on your back is not the cause of sleep paralysis. ...Read more

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Can sleep deprivation affect the quality of your eyesight?

Can sleep deprivation affect the quality of your eyesight?

Perhaps: Some people report that long-term stress, sitting for hours in front of their computer screens day in and day out, and chronic sleep deprivation have made their eyes worse. For the most part, the scientific literature does not tend to support that claim, but there are some who would say that you need to take as good care of your eyes as you do of the other parts of your body. ...Read more

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Why does sleeping position in the bed cause sids?

Why does sleeping position in the bed cause sids?

Not known: The exact cause of sids is not known; however, there are risks now known. One of these is body position in bed. The idea behind back sleeping is that neck muscles and trunk muscles are not entirely formed so airway compromise can be more likely to occur and unlike in grown child or adult, babies cannot turn themselves over. ...Read more

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How will co-sleeping influence my baby's ability to sleep through the night?

How will co-sleeping influence my baby's ability to sleep through the night?

More difficult: Co-sleeping babies do tend to wake more, perhaps because mom and baby are quicker to hear and react to each other, but also because it's quick and easy for mom to nurse. If independent sleep is a top priority for you, co-sleeping may not be the way to go. ...Read more

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Does sleeping in an airtight room (window close) affect sleep quality and muscle mass?

Does sleeping in an airtight room (window close) affect sleep quality and muscle mass?

Probably not: A stuffy room may affect your sleep quality but not likely your muscle mass in any significant way. If you are asking because you have experienced a loss of muscle mass, weakness, fatigue or any other specific symptoms, then you should consult your Dr. ...Read more

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What do sleep affect in the body?

What do sleep affect in the body?

Everything: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released influencing every cell and in children provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps the body to grow and develop. This is why infants require so much sleep. ...Read more

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What happens if you sleep with your eyes open, does it influence your dream?

What happens if you sleep with your eyes open, does it influence your dream?

No: If you sleep with your eyes open, your eyes could become dry. You may want to see an ophthalmologist for an examination to check your corneas. If they are drying out, then an artificial tear ointment OTC applied at bedtime may be helpful. ...Read more

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What are causes of a bowel movement in your sleep that does not wake you? And of vomiting in your sleep, when you only wake because you are choking on

What are causes of a bowel movement in your sleep that does not wake you? And of vomiting in your sleep, when you only wake because you are choking on

We all pass gas when: We sleep, and if you are having diarrhea, then it might not be unusual to pass some stool at the same time. GE reflux is not uncommon, and when lying down, esp on a full stomach and may seem like vomiting. Imodium (loperamide) slows intestinal activity, but may also delay stomach emptying. Aside from that, abnormal sedation from alcohol, sleeping pills, seizure, or occasionally a bad dream. I wish u well. ...Read more

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Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Yes: Yes. Most commonly on back where the effects of gravity cause the tongue to fall back and potentially block the airway. You sleep doc will help sort out this parameter. ...Read more

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What can you do to turn the pressure down on a sleep apnea machine?

Sleep Apnea: You are required to consult your sleep specialist and technologist to adjust pressure, you should not try it by your self as it can lead to complications such as increased pressure causing central apneas etc. Autopap machines are supposed to adjust pressure themselves. ...Read more

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What are the best positions to sleep in if you have bad circulation?

See detailed answer: Generally speaking, elevate your legs if you have venous insufficiency and lower your legs if you have arterial insufficiency. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum sleep schedule to keep when you work third shift?

Which is the optimum sleep schedule to keep when you work third shift?

See below: There really is no "best" schedule. Pick a time when you can get at least 6 hours of uninterrupted quality sleep. ...Read more

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Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Yes: In around 30% and up to 50% of the time sleep apnea and snoring improves when the person is not on his/her back. Therefore, sleeping on the side may improve the sleep quality if the person has positional sleep apnea. Pain associated with certain conditions may get better or worse with certain positions. Pain affects the quality of sleep. ...Read more

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What position should I sleep in at night?

What position should I sleep in at night?

Comfortable: People with neck and back pain or shoulder pain often need to sleep on their backs. People who snore often sleep on their sides. Pregnant women in the second or third trimester should sleep on their left side to keep the uterus from compressing the inferior vena cava. ...Read more

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I can only sleep peacefully in one position, why is that?

I can only sleep peacefully in one position, why is that?

Alighnment: The relationship between our heads, necks, and spines may dictate what position is most comfortable for you when you sleep. Just because the position is peaceful does not mean it is a healthy position. ...Read more

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What is the perfect position for me to sleep to ensure that i grow?

None I know of: As long as you get 9 hours of productive, restful sleep/24hrs, you are doing the best you can. ...Read more

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What position is best while sleeping?

In general w the: Absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back is considered optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints ; muscles. ...Read more

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I seem to have severe post nasel drips hitch is stopping me sleeping I can't be in any position other than upright without coughing badly. advice?

I seem to have severe post nasel drips hitch is stopping me sleeping I can't be in any position other than upright without coughing badly. advice?

NOSE SPRAY: OTC triamcinolone nasal spray (Nasacort) 2 squirts each nostril at bedtime. Before this, sniff water up your nose a few times, best in shower, so you can suck up or blow out most of the mucous. Before bed, get on hands & knees, cough up as much mucous as you can, then take a slug of guaifenesin (Robitussin, etc.). ...Read more

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Which is now the top position to sleep in a bed?

Which is now the top position to sleep in a bed?

What feels good to: You? Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours & makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints & muscles. Sleeping on your back can aid the head & spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sleep position?

What is the definition or description of: Sleep position?

Sleep position: Sleep position = placement of head, neck & remainder of body during sleep. ...Read more

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What's the best position to sleep for a good nights sleep?

Get tested: Snoring and sleep apnea is often related to our sleeping position. Sleeping on the back is the most common position for snoring and apnea but a relatively simple test can properly diagnose you or at least screen you for a more definitive and costly test (polysomnogram) medibyte makes a simle but sophisticated electronic device that accurately screens for snoring and apnea and can be done at home. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best position to sleep and why?

Could you tell me what's the best position to sleep and why?

Whatever: Is most comfortable for you. That being said, people with sleep apnea/snoring tend to have worse severity when on their back. There is no one best-sleep-position. Some people prefer their back, some their side, and some their stomach (prone). ...Read more

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Is there a position that's better to sleep in while in early preg, that is better for baby, or does it not matter?

Is there a position that's better to sleep in while in early preg, that is better for baby, or does it not matter?

Sleep: Your body will move to whatever position it wants to while you are asleep. Later in pregnancy most women lie on there side, but again, during your sleep cycles your body may move and flip from side to side. Don't over think things this early. ...Read more

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What is the best position when sleeping?

What is the best position when sleeping?

In general w the: Absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back is considered optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best is sleeping on the side. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints ; muscles. ...Read more

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What sleep position helps you grow taller?

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

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What is the proper position when sleeping?

What is the proper position when sleeping?

On your back: Sleeping on your back, single pillow with your arms at your side is the best sleeping position for preventing spine and neck problems. Back sleeping is a no-no for snorers and those with sleep apnea; side is the right one. ...Read more

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For sciatica, do you have tips for sleeping positions?

Pillow under knees: Sciatica pain is most severe when the legs are straight so sleep on your back with a pillow rolled up and placed underneath your knees. ...Read more

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Can't find a good position to sleep, good for the back and for the ribs?

Can't find a good position to sleep, good for the back and for the ribs?

Pain or no pain?: Try "memory foam" mattress. Try to separate any trivial discomfort from pain; if you have back pain, you will need a diagnosis before you treat it. ...Read more