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Doctor insights on: Healthy Sleep Patterns For Adults

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Is it possible to sleep too much at night for an average healthy adult?

Is it possible to sleep too much at night for an average healthy adult?

Sleep: All adults should get a minimal of 6 hours of sleep nightly but 7 to 8 hours of sleep is recommended. There is increasing evidence that people that sleep more than 10 hours are at increased risk for alzheimer's and parkinson's disease. So get 6 to 8 hrs sleep but get out of bed after 10 hrs. ...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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Are 7-8 hours of sleep per night enough sometimes I get 9 I'm an adult. Is that a healthy amount or do I need 10-12?

Are 7-8 hours of sleep per night enough sometimes I get 9 I'm an adult. Is that a healthy amount or do I need 10-12?

Amount of sleep: 7-8 hours of sleep is generally good but occasional 9 hours is ok.
generally people don't need 10-12 hours os daily sleep. ...Read more

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I work nights mornings and days in the same week. Havent had a solid eating/sleeping pattern in 4 years, am i damaging my health? Im female and 19.

I work nights mornings and days in the same week. Havent had a solid eating/sleeping pattern in 4 years, am i damaging my health? Im female and 19.

Our brain/body: Configuration is controlled by the night/.Day cycle known as circadian, meaning "about 24 hours". We are very adaptable if we are healthy and the rhythmic changes will be accepted. If not, then you will experience the symptoms of jet lag either intermittently or all the time. ...Read more

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Can long term anxiety and lack of sleep in a healthy young adult cause scarring of the heart or inflammation?

Can long term anxiety and lack of sleep in a healthy young adult cause scarring of the heart or inflammation?

Long term sleep loss: And anxiety can cause many physical conditions. Please see your doc to rule out/identify any medical situations and then a mental health professional to learn how to manage your anxiety and sleep situations. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dark half circles under eyes from lack of sleep/weird sleeping pattern. How long after returning to healthy sleep will it take for them to go away?

Dark half circles under eyes from lack of sleep/weird sleeping pattern. How long after returning to healthy sleep will it take for them to go away?

Allergic shiners??: Frequently those eye findings are ascribed to nasal congestion secondary to allergies not lack of sleep unless the allergies are causing your lack of sleep. See if decongestants help you. If not, go to your doc. ...Read more

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I am 23yrs old .Today ifirst time i experienced high b.P 155/90. My lifestyle is healthy.No smoke.Rare drinking.Bt alittle more sleep .Whats the cause?

High blood pressure: The doctors white coat may have caused your increase in blood pressure. However, have your doctor check your urine, your eye grounds and get an ultra sound of your kidneys to rule out possible cause. If you are taking medications or otc products inform your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do teenagers sleep more than adults?

Why do teenagers sleep more than adults?

Teenagers and sleep: Teenagers still need more sleep than adults, between 8-10 hours per night depending on the age. This is a normal part of development. As they enter adulthood the brain is more mature and the need for more sleep lessens. ...Read more

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What could cause my broken sleep patterns?

What could cause my broken sleep patterns?

Sleep: Having poor sleep hygiene, a poor sleep environment, intrinsic sleep issues like sleep apnea, going to bed to late and awakening too early. First thing to do is to control the sleep environment. Quiet, dark, comfortable with respect to the bed and temperature. Preventing interruptions. ...Read more

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Can pain medications disrupt sleep patterns?

Can pain medications disrupt sleep patterns?

Yes: Prescription pain meds can cause all sorts of side effects. Altered sleep can be one of them (they can make people feel drowsy if they take them during the day, which can disrupt their sleep at night). ...Read more

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How long a baby should sleep to stay healthy?

How long a baby should sleep to stay healthy?

12-14 hours as an in: Most newborns sleep nearly 20 hours /day, but gradually are awake more. Yoing infants usuallt sleep 12-16 hours or more/24 hours. Over the months they sleep one extended period and then 2long naps - about 2-4 hours and 1-2 shorter naps about an hour or so. ...Read more

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What mental health issues might effect my sleep?

What mental health issues might effect my sleep?

Most of them: Many psychiatric problems can result in disturbing the natural ability to get to sleep or stay asleep. Anxiety disorders can disrupt an individuals ability to relax and allow the natural sleep process to occur. Clinical depression also disrupts sleep and can shorten total sleep time. Even major situational stressors can disrupt our natural tendency to fall asleep. Take care of your mental health. ...Read more

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What effect does exercise have on sleep patterns?

What effect does exercise have on sleep patterns?

May help greatly: Regular aerobic exercises along with healthy/balanced diet/nutrition, limit use of stimulant etc.. Can significantly improve your sleep quality, as long as you are not exercising too late etc..
So, is it recommended to gave regular aerobic exercise if you have trouble with sleep? Absolutely!
stay well, kyej3...Sleep well..Sleep is good medicine..
Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is it healthy to eat and sleep on a schedule?

Why is it healthy to eat and sleep on a schedule?

Our body: likes consistency. The body doesn't do well when treated like a ping-pong ball that is being batted back and forth. ...Read more

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Is having cold shower before sleep healthy choice?

Is having cold shower before sleep healthy choice?

It's not necessarily: Unhealthy. Only concern is that it might be stimulating & interfere w falling asleep. If it doesn't shouldn't be a problem. As an aside, our internal body clock tends to lower body temp in the evening in preparation for sleep, so theoretically, a cold shower could mirror this cycle. Cold is also a great anti-inflammatory agent for muscles sore from exercise. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy or bad to eat before you sleep?

Would it be healthy or bad to eat before you sleep?

Try to avoid: Would try to avoid eating right before bed. If you must, make it a small snack. It takes energy for the body to break down food. You want the body to be slowing down, not ramping up for a task at bedtime. ...Read more

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How does sleep directly influence a person's health?

How does sleep directly influence a person's health?

Sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation can ^ risk for fatigue, irritability, v concentration, diminished memory, ^ infection rate, ability to tolerate stressors, blurring of vision, v energy level, ^ micro-sleeps, weight gain, exacerbation of psychiatric problems and can even lead to psychosis. ...Read more

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Waking up in the middle of the sleep is this healthy?

Waking up in the middle of the sleep is this healthy?

Sleep cycles: sleep normally goes in cycles, each cycle last for 90- 120 minute and between these sleep can be very light or even wake up.
If you wake up and can't fall asleep again or suffer from anxiety you need to see medical professional for help ...Read more

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Help please? What is duration of healthy sleep usually?

Help please? What is duration of healthy sleep usually?

That depends on age.: For instance, a newborn sleeps most of the day. Most adults do well with 7.5 to 8 hours per night (more or less). ...Read more