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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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Can people with sleep problems benefit from a mental health practitioner?

Can people with sleep problems benefit from a mental health practitioner?

Most certainly yes!: Solving sleep problems is a common adventure in our society. Over the counter sleep aids are everywhere, with varying success and often with problems of their own. Melatonin seems to be most helpful and side effects low. If that's not helpful you can start with either your primary care provider or a mental health professional. More difficult cases may require sleep apnea or psychiatric consults. ...Read more

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Could sleeping with an iPad under my back, connected to WiFi could cause any long term health problem?

Could sleeping with an iPad under my back, connected to WiFi could cause any long term health problem?

Do not: Do it. The connection to Wifi is not the concern it is laying on the IPAD. Getting a sound sleep is important for maintianing a balanced physical and mental health ...Read more

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In perimenopause, with no other health problems, is it common to get only 3-4 hours of sleep a night every night for years?

In perimenopause, with no other health problems, is it common to get only 3-4 hours of sleep a night every night for years?

Yes: I have had patients tell me this, although as you already know, that's not a healthy amout of sleep. Women with insomnia need to address. Is it not falling to sleep or waking and not being able to get back to sleep. Do you exercise cardiovascularly every day for at least 30-40 min? Are you a smoker? Drinker? Coffee drinker? Sleep hygeine is a science and I'm sure you can get more zzzzz's! ...Read more

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My son was exposed to high levels of formaldehyde at a house we lived in, 42ppm, from 2 mnths on & has a ton of health/sleep problems. Suggestions?

My son was exposed to high levels of formaldehyde at a house we lived in, 42ppm, from 2 mnths on & has a ton of health/sleep problems. Suggestions?

Needs Assessment: Along with irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat, the respiratory system may be negatively impacted, leading to pain when attempting to breathe. If not treated in a timely manner, the exposure can lead to the creation of lesions in the respiratory system and cause damage to the lungs that may or may not be reversible. ...Read more

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I'm not good, I think I will die soon, I don't have health problem, have severe hypochondria, I see my funeral in sleep at nights, think my die is near...

I'm not good, I think I will die soon, I don't have health problem, have severe hypochondria, I see my funeral in sleep at nights, think my die is near...

Depression & Health: You appear to have feelings of depression and anxiety, with sleep disturbances. If you feel loss of interest in life, or have suicidal thoughts, please talk to your doctor, or a psychologist to get help. You need to take care of yourself by eating well, and getting 30 min of exercise/day, preferably outside. Try brisk walking, with a friend if possible. Avoid alcohol. Please get help! ...Read more

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What are the health risks involved in sleep on a used mattress?

What are the health risks involved in sleep on a used mattress?

Bed bugs: Make sure there are no problems.

Otherwise sleep on the floor which is the healthiest anyway.

If you care about your back. ...Read more

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Sleeping at day causes any health problems?

Sleeping at day causes any health problems?

Daytime sleeping: Hi DanishMO62 ~ no never. But ask why you have daytime somnolence. Is this due to sleep apnea? Excessive activity at night, (studying, social media, TV etc) or other possible cause. Probably good thing to go for a checkup with your doc! But sleep won't harm you if you are not driving a car or doing any other hazardous activity. Thx ...Read more

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Can sleeping only 3 hours a day cause any health problems?

Can sleeping only 3 hours a day cause any health problems?

Yes: Sleep is natures way of recharging and backing up your system so to speak. Normal sleep amounts of 6-8 hours a day are needed.
It is unusual that you only sleep for 3 hours. This could be due to hyperthryroid, medications, drugs or other nervous conditions. Get a check up and or a sleep study to improve your health. ...Read more

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What health problems arise when you don't get enough sleep?

What health problems arise when you don't get enough sleep?

No sleep: 1. you die
2. you go to sleep when you don't want to such as driving and you die or kill someone else.

Discuss with your Dr. ...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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Can you let me know how many health problems sleep apnea could lead to?

Can you let me know how many health problems sleep apnea could lead to?

Cardiac: Pulmonary, as well as weight gain and the results of weight gain leading to increase rates of diabetes and athritis on th eweight bearing joints. Most worrisome is the increased rate of cardiac rhythym disturbance particularly atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Due to school work and family problems, I sleep 6 hours during the night and 2 hours after school. Would that still be health?

Due to school work and family problems, I sleep 6 hours during the night and 2 hours after school. Would that still be health?

Multi-source stress: It is one thing to loose sleep trying to achieve good grades, but family problems together with the stress of school is problematic. Family problems may be more complicated than an upcoming test or project and may be more a factor in loosing sleep. Getting counseling to resolve these family issues may reduce your sleep difficulties and help you focus on your academic goals. ...Read more

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What health problems cn a 20 yr old get sleeping 3hrs/night? Hardly feels like slept v anxious n cold wake loads n when dark n very light sleep after

3 hrs sleep: Getting little sleep at night can decrease your immune system's ability to fight infection, lead to depression, cause an automobile accident, and ultimately can lead to an early death. Please see your health provider to see why you are unable to sleep. ...Read more

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Haven't slept a whole night not 1 minute of sleep&now I have a long day ahead of me will I be okay only health problem I have is pituarity gland tumor?

Haven't slept a whole night not 1 minute of sleep&now I have a long day ahead of me will I be okay only health problem I have is pituarity gland tumor?

Probably not: A pituitary tumor could be serious but not sleeping one night should not affect you--ofcourse you will be v tired. Get good rest the next day--stay well nourished and hydrated. ...Read more

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Health problems related while sleeping under ceiling fan?

Health problems related while sleeping under ceiling fan?

Sleep and Fan: Ceiling fan is not suitable for everyone, some people feel stuffy, have breathing problems etc, the exact cause is unknown may be distribution of more dust particles in the room. ...Read more

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I am facing health issue, masturbate problem while sleeping, one or two time in a week, is it dangerous? I'm so worried about my health

I am facing health issue, masturbate problem while sleeping, one or two time in a week, is it dangerous? I'm so worried about my health

No harm: What you described will not cause any health problems. Contrary to popular misconceptions, masturbation does not cause baldness, dementia or any other health abnormality.

For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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My 4m old baby tends to sleep longer when sleeps on his belly. Can this pose any health problem 4 him in future. If yes pls guide how to change it?

My 4m old baby tends to sleep longer when sleeps on his belly. Can this pose any health problem 4 him in future. If yes pls guide how to change it?

Baby to sleep on back: Babiy while sleeping on belly may vomit because of the pressure on belly, and the vomitted material may go to lungs causing pneumonia. so it is not recommended the baby to sleep on belly. You can put your baby on back or on side with left side up. Hope this will help ...Read more

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Can 10 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and beer cause major health problems? Can't sleep because of anxiety of a health issue from interaction

Can 10 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and beer cause major health problems? Can't sleep because of anxiety of a health issue from interaction

Not recommended: Lexapro (escitalopram) is a common anti-depressant medication with the potential for serious side effects like fast heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, twitching muscles, just to name a few. Drinking alcohol and taking Lexapro (escitalopram) is not recommended, but if you decide to drink, consider the potential health consequences. ...Read more

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I'm 21 year old and have physically weak body my weight is 88.18 lbs. And also have a problem with sleeping. What should I do to improve my health?

I'm 21 year old and have physically weak body my weight is 88.18 lbs. And also have a problem with sleeping. What should I do to improve my health?

Diet and exercise: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read more

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I have a problem with sleep, fear of masturbate while sleeping every nite, and loosing health. What to do? Please help I'm getting weak

I have a problem with sleep, fear of masturbate while sleeping every nite, and loosing health. What to do? Please help I'm getting weak

Not the cause: While you may assume you are weak because of this it is not reasonable to do so. You cannot "masturbate " while asleep. It takes an awake & directed effort to do so. You can have a spontaneous nighttime emission of sperm, which is normal and not known to cause any medical problems. You may have a culturally guilt driven anxiety about the process, but these are based on myth. ...Read more

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I have been suffering with health anxiety for about 6 months. I have noticed that my anxiety intensified right before I go to sleep. My 0.5 mg ativan (lorazepam) doesn't seem to help me anymore. Why is that? Should I request a new medication?

I have been suffering with health anxiety for about 6 months. I have noticed that my anxiety intensified right before I go to sleep. My 0.5 mg ativan (lorazepam) doesn't seem to help me anymore. Why is that? Should I request a new medication?

Tolerance: Your body will develop tolerance to narcotics like opioid pain meds and benzos like Ativan (lorazepam). That means the dose becomes less effective over time. However, benzos are really meant to be short-term helps while the underlying problem is being addressed. There are safer meds that can be used long-term to control anxiety, that won't cause tolerance. Counseling can be very effective for this too. ...Read more

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Lower back pain for over 6 weeks. Seeked medical attention and still not resolved. I'm a completely health person and one day I woke up from a new bed with horrible backpains. I've done light stretching, resting, sleep on hard flat surfaces, someone even

Lower back pain for over 6 weeks. Seeked medical attention and still not resolved. I'm a completely health person and one day I woke up from a new bed with horrible backpains. I've done light stretching, resting, sleep on hard flat surfaces, someone even

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The back pains might improve with heat pads, exercise, massage.
Since your pain is persistent, for over six weeks and you already seek medical attention, you should talk to your doctor for possible x-ray/mri tests or a referral for pain specialist. ...Read more

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Choke on saliva only during sleep. I have chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip. I don't have breath or swallow problems and no known health issues.

Choke on saliva only during sleep. I have chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip. I don't have breath or swallow problems and no known health issues.

No. 1 issue- mouth: Breather! Anyone who has chronic sinusitis have a big issue in that they normally can't breeze through their nose easily, so they compensate by breathing through their mouth. So that is a health condition worth noting. If you're choking on your saliva, and have postnasal drip issues at night, you need to make sure during the day that you're well hydrated, and also must change your diet to reduce the amount of phlegm producing food products consumed: cheese, processed foods, milk products. ...Read more

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What's the best way to sleep (position, mattress, etc.), as a lifelong habit, so not to get sleep problems 30 years later?

Long answer!: Best way to sleep can be very personalized. In general I would say make sure you are correct/near ideal body weight, avoid sedative hypnotics prior to sleep, sleep on side if comfortable, avoid matresses that may become old and worn, avoid allergens during sleep (make sure breathing clean air). ...Read more