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Sleep disorders, sleep enough hours but not getting rest from sleep?

Sleep disorders, sleep enough hours but not getting rest from sleep?

Some problem: By definition if you are sleeping enough hours 7-8 and not feeling refreshed or tired there is a problem. It could very possibly be a sleep disorder but other things could be the problem as well. You need to have a detailed discussion with your doctor and possibly a work up for other causes and maybe a work up for a sleep disorder. ...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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How could someone get less sleep but better quality sleep?

How could someone get less sleep but better quality sleep?

Yes but: It cannot be forced. Normal sleep time is between 6 to 8 hours for optimal health and performance. ...Read more

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Are multiple naps better than a full night of sleep?

Are multiple naps better than a full night of sleep?

Get full sleep: Naps do not substitute for deep stages of restful and rejuvenating sleep that are not achieved in naps? They restore wakefulness and focus in the short term, but you need rem sleep and deep sleep stages. ...Read more

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Should i sleep less study more?

Should i sleep less study more?

Balance: If you don't get enough sleep your performance will suffer... If you don't study enough your performance will also suffer... Good luck.. ...Read more

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Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep on trips. What is safest sleeper?

Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep on trips. What is safest sleeper?

Melatonin: Consider the use of melatonin, which is an over-the-counter supplement. If you have any health conditions or take other medications/supplements please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Getting tested for sleep apnea require that you are very sleepy?

Sleep study: When getting a sleep study, you go to the sleep lab and sleep there overnight, while data pertaining to your sleep like your heart rate, oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide level, etc are collected. Sleep tight! ...Read more

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What are causes of being sleepier than usual? I sleep 9 hours every night

What are causes of being sleepier than usual? I sleep 9 hours every night

Depression or Sleep: Possible causes are either depression or a sleep disorder (for example obstructive sleep apnea). Many people have somehow learned that more sleep is better. The data on this suggests that 7 hours is fine and above 8.5 hours of sleep at night you are at risk of making yourself sleepy because you are sleeping too much. ...Read more

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Im 18 male, for a year I've been needing more sleep than usual, never wake up feeling fresh, and when sleep deprived one eye looks smaller than the other?

Im 18 male, for a year I've been needing more sleep than usual, never wake up feeling fresh, and when sleep deprived one eye looks smaller than the other?

Eye size illusion: There are a number of things that make one eye look larger than another, or make an eye appear to protrude. With fatigue, the eyelids may begin to partially close or droop (ptosis). If asymetrical, this would appear to make the eye with the more droopy lids look smaller or sunken back. It is uncertain why one side would have more closed lids, unless there is more facial swelling on that side. ...Read more

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Sleep less than 6 hours a day?

7-8 hours: Most adults require seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If you sleep less then sleep deprivation occurs and you don't feel alert and well rested. The most common causes of sleep deprivation are: work hours, medical conditions, stress and personal obligations. The best way to prevent risks caused by sleep deprivation is to meet your sleep needs. Rec. See sleep or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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Have sleep problem.Like a bat i can't sleep at night, sleep day time.Wakeup at night and I am more productive.Think faster, smarter and more energy. Why?

Have sleep problem.Like a bat i can't sleep at night, sleep day time.Wakeup at night and I am more productive.Think faster, smarter and more energy. Why?

A habit: Your sleep/wake cycle is in disarray. I would encourage you to try to sleep at night and be productive during the day. This change will nourish your natural biorhythms. The human physiology is in tune with the rhythms of nature. Health is enhanced if we sleep at night and avoid daytime sleep. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to get more than 8 hours of sleep?

Is it healthy to get more than 8 hours of sleep?

Yes to a point: The need for sleep varies from person to person. Some people need 6-7 hours, and others need 8-9. More than 9 hours of sleep can sometime indicate a problem, such as depression, narcolepsy, or obstructive sleep apnea and had been associated with an increase in mortality from coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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How might one get extra sleep if one is very tired and cannot sleep without sleeping pills?

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Insomnia: Talk to your doctor to evaluate, find the cause and treat that. ...Read more

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Always tired and sleeping for more then 12 hours a day and waking up still tired, having trouble falling asleep even though I'm exhausted.

Always tired and sleeping for more then 12 hours a day and waking up still tired, having trouble falling asleep even though I'm exhausted.

Need eval: would like more info, but here are some suggestions: recommend eval with your doc with labs to rule in/out endocrine and other health issues that affect sleep/fatigue. If the issue stems primarily from poor sleep due to insomnia/anxiety seek an eval of current sleep hygiene/sleep patterns - start with primary doc and consider a cognitive behavioral therapist with experience in insomnia (CBTi). ...Read more

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Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Yes: There is genetic component to night terrors and also certain ages you will have more of the sleep where night terrors are common. ...Read more

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Constant fatigue for 8-10 yrs, never wake feeling rested regardless of #hrs of sleep, alcohol, or caffeine; go to sleep fast, stay asleep, hard sleeper, dream a lot every night, normal sleep study '08?

Constant fatigue for 8-10 yrs, never wake feeling rested regardless of #hrs of sleep, alcohol, or caffeine; go to sleep fast, stay asleep, hard sleeper, dream a lot every night, normal sleep study '08?

See a sleep dr: What does a 'normal' sleep study mean. To some that means 'no apnea' which is not the only finding to be gained. What was the quality like, what were the latencies of sleep and rem and were there parasomnia. Sometimes it is not a problem that can be identified based on a sleep study. ...Read more

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Can you attain deep sleep in four hours during polyphasic sleeping?

Can you attain deep sleep in four hours during polyphasic sleeping?

Yes: If you are talking about rem sleep, you can reach it on average in 90 minutes or less. You can have more deep sleep if you sleep 7hrs straight. ...Read more

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I've only been getting 5 hours of sleep. How can I sleep more?

I've only been getting 5 hours of sleep. How can I sleep more?

Different Factors: It depends on what causes you to only get 5 hours. Are you going to be late or just waking up early? Is there anything in your environment that's causing you discomfort or waking you up? Have you been screened for possible sleep apnea? ...Read more

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Why I don't have much of a appetite when I get less sleep?

Why I don't have much of a appetite when I get less sleep?

Everyone's different: Studies do show that people who sleep less than 7-8 hours a night tend to have higher bmi's (are fatter). However, everyone is different. Even if many people eat more if they sleep less, some people will "eat the same amount" and other people will "eat less" when they sleep less. It's likely partly genetic and partly related to all the other things going on in a person's life. ...Read more

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How could someone get less sleep but better quality sleep?

Yes but: It cannot be forced. Normal sleep time is between 6 to 8 hours for optimal health and performance. ...Read more

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Why whenever I wake up at 6AM and get less sleep i feel all energized, but when I wake up at 12PM and get more sleep I feel tired?

Why whenever I wake up at 6AM and get less sleep i feel all energized, but when I wake up at 12PM and get more sleep I feel tired?

Circadian rhythms: Our bodies are sensitive to circadian rhythms based on our regular sleep schedule. For example, if you normally wake up at 6am during the week, but want to get a few more hours of sleep on the weekend, you would likely feel better waking up an hour or two later than usual, instead of 5 to 6 hours later. ...Read more

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I get headaches when i get less sleep.But due to circumstances i can't sleep more than 7 hours and i get headache in after from 1to 3pm. Please help?

I get headaches when i get less sleep.But due to circumstances i can't sleep more than 7 hours and i get headache in after from 1to 3pm. Please help?

Well, some questions: Have you been evaluationed by your primary care doctor? Are you drinking or taking illicit substances? Are you on any medications? Does your bed provide good support? Is your sleep environment conducive to restful sleep? Do you share a bed? What kind of employment do you have? 7 hrs of sleep is sufficient for most people, so perhaps you have a sleep disorder! ...Read more

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Why do my ribs hurt when I lay on them? Doesn't hurt any other time. Makes sleeping on them uncomfortable. Causing me to get less sleep at night.

Why do my ribs hurt when I lay on them? Doesn't hurt any other time.  Makes sleeping on them uncomfortable.  Causing me to get less sleep at night.

Rough Ribs: The chest wall is made up of several structures; the vertebra in the spine, the ribs themselves, and the manubrium and sternum in the front. The lower ribs don't all connect in the front to create a joint along the breast bone, but rather attach to cartilage to complete the "cage". Any joint (front or back) or the cartilage can become inflamed with certain positions. A better mattress may help. ...Read more

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Can there be a way of getting less sleep without any medical/general problems?

Can there be a way of getting less sleep without any medical/general problems?

No: 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 and in adults provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps prevent tissue and organ breakdown. It may be that you have a sleep disorder preventing this level of sleep. ...Read more

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I feel very weak as if I might collapse anytime and when that happens I ran out of breath.I get less sleep during the night and I do not take naps during the day. Should I be worried?

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I feel very weak as if I might collapse anytime and when that happens I ran out of breath.I get less sleep during the night and I do not take naps during the day. Should I be worried?

Share with OB MD: You need to share this concern with your treating OB MD who can give you the best advice based upon your previous prenatal examinations. The possibility of anemia (low blood levels) affects the answer. ...Read more

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Can you get used to sleeping less? I have school and soccer and i need more time for soccer and i'm trying to sleep less for it.

Not a good idea: At your age you are still growing and need a certain amount of sleep and rest to accommodate the growth phases your body is going through. Count on at least 6-8 hours of sleep. May the most of your awake time. ...Read more

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For six mo. I have found that if I get less than 9hrs of sleep when I wake up I feel like my bones are bruised. Is this an early sign of fibromyalgia?

For six mo. I have found that if I get less than 9hrs of sleep when I wake up I feel like my bones are bruised. Is this an early sign of fibromyalgia?

No.: Fibromyalgia symptoms include sleep disturbances along with chronic pain and specific areas of the body. Depression is part of the syndrome. Too much sleep or inactivity causes leaching of calcium from the bones . Hypersomnia could be a symptom of depression also. ...Read more

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What are the effects of getting less than 8 hours a day have on a student what can they do to improve the amount of sleep they get each night?

What are the effects of getting less than 8 hours a day have on a student what can they do to improve the amount of sleep they get each night?

Question is answer: You left the word "sleep" out of your sentence, so obviously your lack of adequate sleep is affecting you. Studies have confirmed that sleep deprivation in students causes learning difficulties. That said, 8 hours is an average number--some people do fine on 3 hours and others need 14 hours. Whatever your correct duration is, make sure you get it. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get back to when I could move along with less sleep? I don't know, it's weird, but even after 8 hours I can't get up easily...

Is there anyway to get back to when I could move along with less sleep? I don't know, it's weird, but even after 8 hours I can't get up easily...

Sleep quality: If you have difficulty getting along w/8 hours sleep you may simply need a bit more sleep than the average person. Please see your doctor who may order a sleep study because the quality of your sleep may be poor. in that case it is not the amount that is the issue. Also consider your lifestyle choices, junk food, exercise or lack of it, depression, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What type of health problems can I get if I go to sleep less than half an hour after finishing dinner?

What type of health problems can I get if I go to sleep less than half an hour after finishing dinner?

Weight: Gain , GERD and may aspirate gastric contents and develop pneumonia . These are possibilities and may not occur. It may affect your sleep ...Read more

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Is elderly people actually get the same amount of sleep or only slightly less sleep than they got when younger?

Is elderly people actually get the same amount of sleep or only slightly less sleep than they got when younger?

Paradoxically: We need less sleep as we age. Nobody knows why because we do not understand the mechanism of sleep, even though we die without it. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up at 4am everyday? I'm never able to get back to sleep, even if i've only had less than 5 hours that night.

Why do I wake up at 4am everyday? I'm never able to get back to sleep, even if i've only had less than 5 hours that night.

Common: Not unusual. Cut out tobacco, alcohol and coffee if you use these. Go to sleep the same time every night. If you awaken and can't get back to sleep, get out of bed and read or meditate, then try again. This is a good beginning approach. See a doctor if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if i could rarely sleep, and when I do I only get about one or two hours of it, but my question is, can less sleep lower your life span?

What to do if i could rarely sleep, and when I do I only get about one or two hours of it, but my question is, can less sleep lower your life span?

Yes.: There are many bad health consequences of chronic sleep deprivation, and early demise is one of them. Get six to nine hours nightly on a regular schedule. ...Read more

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How to get quality sleep ?

How to get quality sleep ?

Sleep hygiene.: You need to get back on a schedule for sleep. To reset your sleep clock, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. Shoot for 6 to 9 hours of sleep nightly. ...Read more

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How to get to sleep quicker?

How to get to sleep quicker?

Improve your sleep: #1 Make sure you don't have a sleep disorder. Common ones are sleep apnea, restless legs, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders # 2 Examine your stress, diet and exercise levels # 3 Develop a nighttime ritual to help you relax prior to sleeping. Take a warm shower, sit quietly and focus on your breathing, turn off your phone for this # 4 Talk to a sleep doctor. See my profile for more info. ...Read more

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What advice to get to sleep?

What advice to get to sleep?

Here are some tips: Limit daytime naps, limit activities in bed to sleep and sex, create a regular bedtime schedule, keep the room dark and quiet, avoid alcohol/nicotine, no caffeine after 2pm, exercise earlier in the day, de-stress, keep the room temperature a little cool, for some white noise machines may help and get comfortable. If those don't help sometimes sleepytime tea, warm milk or melatonin can be beneficial. ...Read more

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How to get to sleep at night?

How to get to sleep at night?

Insomnia: Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes#1 ...Read more

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