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Doctor insights on: Is It Unhealthy To Get Little Sleep During The Week And A Ton On The Weekend

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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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I have a hangover and a bad cold at the same time. Is it okay to sleep a lot and stay in bed for the day? Will this help?

I have a hangover and a bad cold at the same time. Is it okay to sleep a lot and stay in bed for the day? Will this help?

YES: Alcohol intake suppresses your immune system and will make it harder for you to get better from your cold. Rest, rest rest! drink lots of non-alcoholic fluid to hydrate yourself. This will help you recover from both a hangover and upper respiratory infection, "a cold". Drink water, herbal tea, hot water + lemon + honey. Call: (800) 784-6776 or aa, if you need help stopping alcohol. ...Read more

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I ate a ton of food yesterday and this morning only went up .5lbs. How many days does it usually take for the extra calories to show on the scale?

I ate a ton of food yesterday and this morning only went up .5lbs.  How many days does it usually take for the extra calories to show on the scale?

Totally depends: On your activity and water. Maybe it won't. You might be lucky this once but don't count on it as a habit. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make up for sleep lost during the week on weekends?

Is it possible to make up for sleep lost during the week on weekends?

Partially: You can partially pay back that sleep debt but not entirely. It's best to get enough sleep every night and not play catch up. ...Read more

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How is it that i can go to bed at a certain weight and wake up the next morning at a lesser weight? Not complaining, just curious.

How is it that i can go to bed at a certain weight and wake up the next morning at a lesser weight? Not complaining, just curious.

Insensible loss: Each day, just by breathing and sweating, we can expel up to 1.5 liters of water. A liter of water weighs 2.2 pounds, so we lose over 3 pounds of water a day. We don't notice it during the day while we are up and awake, eating and drinking, but while sleeping we can lose about a pound of water. And, if you evacuate your bladder during the night that another pound of water (400cc.)good luck. ...Read more

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I have to leave a Foley catheter in for a week. Is it normal to feel really really sore at the end of the day. I'm on my feet all day.

I have to leave a Foley catheter in for a week.  Is it normal to feel really really sore at the end of the day.  I'm on my feet all day.

Yes, possible...: What you felt with indwelling catheter is normally expected reflecting how the catheter might have traction onto the urethra from poor catheter taping. In your urological scenario, you would be more benefited from practicing clean intermittent self-catherilization (CISC) than Foley's. More? Ask doc or contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login - audio/video gains info more and faster. ...Read more

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I don't know if it is a allergic reaction to the sun or my sunscreen but every time I go out for a long time in the sun I get scratchy bumps that sting a lot and I usually have to stay the rest or the day in my bed?

I don't know if it is a allergic reaction to the sun or my sunscreen but every time I go out for a long time in the sun I get scratchy bumps that sting a lot and I usually have to stay the rest or the day in my bed?

? solar urticaria: Yes, there is such thing, allergy to sun rays, you may want to avoid sun exposure from 10 am -4 pm, limit exposure if you have to, use heavy sun screen UPF > 50, that if u have to stay outdoors, also 2nd generation OTC antihistamines taken regularly, will help, you need evaluation hy an allergist/dermatologist as other treatment modalities with correct diagnosis, like phototherapy, are available, ...Read more

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I didn't put a tampon all the way in and it hurt the rest of the day but after i took it out there was a piece of flesh hanging out, what is it?

I didn't put a tampon all the way in and it hurt the rest of the day but after i took it out there was a piece of flesh hanging out, what is it?

Blood clot: Hard to say what a "piece of flesh" is, but if it was anything other than a blood clot then you need immediate medical attention. Blood that pools will stick together and make a dark red, brown, or blackish clot that some describe as looking like a piece of liver. You might also say it has the consistency of jello. ...Read more

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I swim twice a day and usually go to weight training afterwards. I rest on the weekends but is this all too much?

I swim twice a day and usually go to weight training afterwards. I rest on the weekends but is this all too much?

See below: That's good you must have a lot of free time . I would swim twice a week and work out three days a week and you can alternate these activities good luck thank you. ...Read more

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I have a little bit of protein in my urine.What is the main reason why that happens and how to get rid of it?This is the first time this happened.

I have a little bit of protein in my urine.What is the main reason why that happens and how to get rid of it?This is the first time this happened.

Trace may be OK: A trace of protein in the urine may be normal for an active 19 year old. If you do moderately heavy workouts, muscle breaks down and forms rapidly and may lead to some protein in urine. However, if you have significant proteinuria of unknown cause, it must be worked up by an internist/nephrologist. ...Read more

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I found when I look at an object for a long amount of time it gets harder to look at and it starts to show lots of white. What could be wrong?

I found when I look at an object for a long amount of time it gets harder to look at and it starts to show lots of white. What could be wrong?

Staring too long?: One may be staring at an object for too long. The human brain and the eyes it is connected to are designed to see "changes". If a person stares at a single point for too long, the same nerve endings in the back of the eyes are seeing the same spot for so long that those nerve endings don't see any "changes". When no visual changes occur, strange things start to happen in the brain's vision center. ...Read more

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I have coughing for the almost a weak and I have hard time to sleep the cough is worest in the night time and hard to breeze so what is the problem?

I have coughing  for the almost a weak and I have hard time to sleep the cough is worest in the night time and hard to breeze so what is the problem?

Cough: In general, a symptom of coughing can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable (up to 6 weeks) but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, then it is time to see the doctor. ...Read more

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Is your adrenaline just short or can it last a long time. For example when you get off of work and it tales a few hrs to wind down is it that or stres?

Is your adrenaline just short or can it last a long time. For example when you get off of work and it tales a few hrs to wind down is it that or stres?

More than adrenaline: The bodies response to stress is complex and involves much more than the release of adrenaline (aka epinephrine). Adrenaline is released from the adrenal glands in response to severe pain or fear, causing an abrupt rise in blood pressure and heart rate. It lasts only a few minutes. Chronic stress can do much more... like increase cortisol, and cause psychosomatic symptoms. ...Read more

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One half of my 4th wisdom tooth is ready out and the rest of it is coming in what can I do for the pain or keep it from hurting when i eat?

One half of my 4th wisdom tooth is ready out and the rest of it is coming in what can I do for the pain or keep it from hurting when i eat?

See dentist: When a wisdom tooth is partially erupted and there is a flap of tissue over part of it, you are at risk of getting food debris stuck under the tissue and starting an infection. It will take a dentist to treat this. Meanwhile ibuprophen for pain. Soft diet will help. Keep as clean as possible. Rinse with salt water or listerine. Use water pic if you have one. ...Read more

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Have insomia i get little sleep then if i fall asleep during the day or at night i'll sleep for 10-15 hrs and struggle to get up typical insomia?

Have insomia i get little sleep then if i fall asleep during the day or at night i'll sleep for 10-15 hrs and struggle to get up typical insomia?

Not normal: You are alternating between sleep deprivation and hyper somnolence . You have a seizure disorder. I recommend you see a neurologist who specializes also in sleep medicine to sort out these issues. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend says I fart a ton in my sleep. I don't fart during the day, but she counted 50 farts in a night why?

What do you suggest if my girlfriend says I fart a ton in my sleep. I don't fart during the day, but she counted 50 farts in a night why?

Flatulence problem?: Flatulence neither localizes your problem to small or large bowel, nor indicates severity or cause. You have described a gut that may be dysfunctional due to infection, sibo, motility problems, inflammation, ibs, ischemic disease, maldigestion, sphincter problem, or food intolerance. Could consider a course of probiotics &/or diet exclusions, but recommend evaluation if this is significant change. ...Read more

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During the time I go to sleep I get a continuous blocked nose that occurs, this had happened since the past couple of weeks, what could it be? Help!

During the time I go to sleep I get a continuous blocked nose that occurs, this had happened since the past couple of weeks, what could it be? Help!

Stuffy nose: You can have allergic rhinitis if this is something new. Have you moved recently or gotten any pets? do you have carpet? Try to keep your room as dust free as possible and you can use a nasal steroid spray before going to bed to see if this resolves the problem. Good luck ...Read more

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I have lupus &always get sick (start of flare)for atleast a day(sat) if i don't get enough sleep during work week. Then sleep all day sat. Common?

I have lupus &always get sick (start of flare)for atleast a day(sat) if i don't get enough sleep during work week. Then sleep all day sat. Common?

Lupus Therapy: Antimalarial drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine are excellent alternatives for people with lupus who do not respond well to Ibuprofen or Aspirin (bayer aspirin, bufferin, ecotrin).Many people on antimalarial drugs experience significant relief of their symptoms, especially rashes, fatigue, and joint and muscle pains. ...Read more

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I do 2 weeks night shift & 2 weeks day shift at my job. I've noticed that during the night shifts, i seem to have less energy, get tired quicker and feel 'weird'. Can staying awake at night and sleeping at day cause this?

I do 2 weeks night shift & 2 weeks day shift at my job. I've noticed that during the night shifts, i seem to have less energy, get tired quicker and feel 'weird'. Can staying awake at night and sleeping at day cause this?

Common problem: You have a common problem with these working hours. It's important to see your family physician and have him/her refer you to a sleep specialist. You have a serious sleep diusorder that can affect your general health. Do not delay. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my accessory navicular almost a week ago. During sleeping hrs I get excruciating pain on the top of my foot. Bandage is loose. Ideas?

I had surgery on my accessory navicular almost a week ago. During sleeping hrs I get excruciating pain on the top of my foot. Bandage is loose. Ideas?

Access your Doctor.: You need to try to keep the bandage on. Either reinforce it or call your surgeon for advice. Post op pain can be an issue that you need to take up with your surgeon also. ...Read more

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Is it common to get orgasms during sleep in 2nd trimester? they wake me up and belly feels very tight and hard. thus far it happened twice this week

Is it common to get orgasms during sleep in 2nd trimester? they wake me up and belly feels very tight and hard. thus far it happened twice this week

Contractions: I think it is important to make sure you are not having contractions. If your belly is getting tight and it is enough to wake you from sleep then you should be evaluated for preterm labor risk. ...Read more

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How do you get your baby to sleep during the night?

How do you get your baby to sleep during the night?

In his own bed: Rock, read, nurse, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth even before teeth erupt. Put him in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, the same time every night.Stop the bedtime pacifier by 3-4 mos. Healthy 6-mo.-old's don't need a night feed (check with his pede) & become trained night criers if parents even go in & make eye contact with them, trained night feeders if you keep feeding. ...Read more

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What might I do to get to sleep a little easier tonight?

Sleep : 1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music. 3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; >. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

How can I get my baby to sleep at night instead of during the day?

Limit length of naps: Your baby has one period of deep restorative sleep per day & you can push it into the night if you avoid long day naps. Waking baby during the day to feed after a 2 hr nap, and keeping it up for at least 5 min if unintrested will teach babies internal clock to get its best sleep at night. Even if up a lot the night before, don't allow > 3 hr naps. ...Read more

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How can I get reasonable sleep during unreasonable times during the day?

How can I get reasonable sleep during unreasonable times during the day?

It depends...: Due to our internal biological clocks it can be difficult to sleep during times you generally don't unless you get into a pattern of doing so regularly. It helps to have a dark room and comfortable bed. Try relaxation techniques like meditation. Search "sleep music" on youtube for soothing sounds that can aid sleep. Try L-Theanine and sedative herbs like valerian, passionflower,skullcap and hops. ...Read more

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I currently get about half my sleep during the day and half at night. Is that a bad thing?

Sleep pattern: Better to get 7-9 hrs in a row a day at your age. Deep sleep is important in health and may not occur with short spurts of sleep. Do the Epsworth sleep scale and if score is high ask your GP about sleep problems. ...Read more

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I sleep around 8-9 hours a day but I am an active person during the day.Is it an unhealthy sign?

I sleep around 8-9 hours a day but I am an active person during the day.Is it an unhealthy sign?

No: The average adult requires 8 hours of sleep a day. You are lucky to be able to get the amount of sleep your body actually needs . It sounds like you function very well and it is a very healy sign! congratulations on a healthy lifestyle ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy and even dangerous to not get nearly enough sleep for a couple nights in a row?

Is it considered unhealthy and even dangerous to not get nearly enough sleep for a couple nights in a row?

Probably not: Unless you are planning on driving and you fall asleep at the wheel... Eventually your going to have to catch up with the missed sleep... But short term it should not be a problem.. ...Read more

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What would be a way to get sleep in a noisy environment, where light is on , and sleep during journey in bus?

What would be a way to get sleep in a noisy environment, where light is on , and sleep during journey in bus?

Some tips: Sleep eye covers are very inexpensive - just make sure that you get one that blocks out the light well. Ear plugs are also cheap but invaluable. You can also use headphones to play quiet music on an i phone or similar gadget. ...Read more

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When beinmanic depressd is it bad to get little sleep? Does it cause problems with makin a person annoyed or angry easily?

When beinmanic depressd is it bad to get little sleep? Does it cause problems with makin a person annoyed or angry easily?

Yes, it is bad: Getting poor sleep is bad for anyone. When you have a disease like bipolar disorder, it can make it worse. It may also be a symptom of poorly controlled bipolar disorder. And sleep deprivation can make someone very irritable or angry. Getting good sleep is extremely important. ...Read more

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Can i get taller if i sleep enough e.G 8 hours during the day?

Height is largely : Tied to genetics. For instance, if both parents were short it wouldn't be likely that you would be very tall. The sleep would not cause you to become taller than you were genetically predisposed to be. However, if you want to reach your height potential sleep, exercise, hydration, eating healthfully ; avoiding things like smoking are important. ...Read more