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I have a horrible cough. I couldn't fall asleep. Sitting up straight helped, until my jaw started hurting really bad. Could I have pulled a muscle?

I have a horrible cough. I couldn't fall asleep. Sitting up straight helped, until my jaw started hurting really bad. Could I have pulled a muscle?

Coughing: It is possible that you pulled a muscle. For your cough sleep with several pillows, a vaporizer and drink lots of fluids. Tea with honey works as does the old standby, chicken soup! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a cough and have started moaning as i fall asleep. I've only ever done when i had pneumonia around 18 months ago. Should i be concerned?

I have a cough and have started moaning as i fall asleep. I've only ever done when i had pneumonia around 18 months ago. Should i be concerned?

Possibly: But cannot diagnose you over the internet. If you are feeling poorly it never hurts to get somebody to examine you. On the other hand, if you have no other symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc.) it is not likely that this is pneumonia (although atypical pneumonias do occur). Go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I fall asleep and then I wake up because I need to cough a lot and it makes me gag really hard. It's been like this for about 4 days.

I fall asleep and then I wake up because I need to cough a lot and it makes me gag really hard. It's been like this for about 4 days.

A few thoughts: Could be secondary to sinus, postnasal discharge, but also could be due to stomach issue, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Of course, I cannot exclude a medication side effect (antihypertensives) or pulmonary issue, based on description. Check in with your doctor and get this pinpointed. ...Read more

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Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep i wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Hi I have a question regarding an itchy cough at night. Soon as I fall asleep i wake up with itchy sensation in throat coughing/gagging kinda.

Itchy throat: Please see your doc to make sure you do't have a condition that may close your throught. After that, consider getting a food sensitivity lab panel. Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas has a good one. Eliminating the offending food(s) can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it bad to fall asleep quickly?

Is it bad to fall asleep quickly?

Depends: Short sleep latency as already described may not be bad. Average time to fall asleep is about 11 minutes. Less than 8 minutes may be a sign of a sleep disorder.. It may also indicate sleep deprivation. If there are other symptoms like daytime sleepiness or snoring or visual hallucinations during sleep onset or awakening... Should get it checked. ...Read more

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Why does coughing start when i start to fall asleep?

Why does coughing start when i start to fall asleep?

Multiple causes: Could be your airway collapsing (sleep apnea) as you transition from wake to sleep. Other common causes of cough that's worse/only present at night include acid reflux, and post nasal drip. See you doctor and get a more thorough evaluation/history. Appropriate testing, if indicated, will happen from that point. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Tooth decay: Babies who fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths are sleeping with milk sugar on their teeth. This leads to baby bottle tooth decay. It is much better to use a pacifier, if needed, at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a spinning sensation before you fall asleep?

Is it bad to have a spinning sensation before you fall asleep?

Not normal: May be a sign of inner ear problem called benign positional vertigo, but there are other causes. Should be evaluated by ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if i can't fall asleep so im just pulling an all nighter! is that bad?

What to do if i can't fall asleep so im just pulling an all nighter! is that bad?

Occasionally, no: Particularly if you can remain awake and functional until bedtime next day. A brief nap (not longer than about 90 minutes, set an alarm) would be ok mid-day, but longer could further disturb your sleep pattern. Try reducing caffeine & other stimulants and slowing your activity level about an hour before you plan to go to bed. ...Read more

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I keep having nightmares whenever i fall asleep hugging a pillow. Is this really bad?

I keep having nightmares whenever i fall asleep hugging a pillow. Is this really bad?

Only if it bothers U: If the nightmares bother you and you do not get them when you are hugging a pillow then i would simply recommend that you not hug the pillow. If you have them either way and they are bothering you, then i would recommend that you see a psychologist or a sleep specialist or both to see if you have ptsd or a primary sleep disorder. ...Read more

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How do I break my bad sleep habits? I try to go to bed earlier but can't fall asleep.

How do I break my bad sleep habits?  I try to go to bed earlier but can't fall asleep.

Sleep Hygiene is Key: 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. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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I bite my tongue when I fall asleep sitting up, but not when I lay down. It doesn't really hurt, is it bad that this happens?

I bite my tongue when I fall asleep sitting up, but not when I lay down. It doesn't really hurt, is it bad that this happens?

Of course; as stated: Tongue biting, especially repetitive, is clear pain-inducing, body-destructive, self attack. Two issues: (a) What is happening in your mind to drive this behavior while asleep in sitting position & (b) what & how much damage occurs each time along with how well (or not) the results of healing (never fully duplicating original anatomic structure/function before injury). ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cell on my person 90% of the day. Even near me while i'm sleeping because i fall asleep listening to music. Is this bad?

What to do if I have a cell on my person 90% of the day. Even near me while i'm sleeping because i fall asleep listening to music. Is this bad?

No: Just set limits as to when you will respond to it. Cell phones are a bit Pavlovian in the sense that they train your behavior. They beep, you answer, They ring, you pick up. Setting limits on what you'll do and when is under your control. ...Read more