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If am 23-year-old female, No matter what I do during the day it seems like I need 10 hours of sleep a day ... And sometimes I still feel tierd.?

If am 23-year-old female, No matter what I do during the day it seems like I need 10 hours of sleep a day ... And sometimes I still feel tierd.?

RowRowRowYourBoat: The so-called"normal range"is about 6-8 hours but some need more, others can tolerate less. And if you feel tired during the day it may mean the quality of your sleep is not optimal. Like maybe, you have a breathing problem during sleep, or some meds or drugs are a problem Also, some people who have depression (even if they're not aware of it) want to sleep more but still feel tired. Time for a checkup! ...Read more

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Why do people use the phrase "sleep like a baby" when babies wake up every hour!?

Why do people use the phrase "sleep like a baby" when babies wake up every hour!?

Sleep all day: I guess because when babies sleep they sleep soundly and if they do not they have all day to catch their sleep. ...Read more

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Elena (my grandmother) can't sleep well. She sleeps like 3 hours at night. How can I help her?

Elena (my grandmother) can't sleep well. She sleeps like 3 hours at night. How can I help her?

Can't sleep: Talk to her doctor about this & see if she need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile, you can try the sleep hygiene techniques. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep should I be getting? My typical 8 hours of sleep doesn't seem to be enough.

How many hours of sleep should I be getting? My typical 8 hours of sleep doesn't seem to be enough.

Variable: Sleep needs vary by individual and by age, with teenagers requiring the most and seniors needing the least. Most adults feel rested after 7.5-9 hours, but this is approximate. Activity level, previous sleep debt, diet, caffeine or alcohol use, and medical conditions like depression and sleep apnea can alter your level of fatigue; consider these if your sleep needs have changed a lot. ...Read more

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I really need some answers! Why am i sleeping 18 hours a day and waking up feeling like I've been drugged?

I really need some answers! Why am i sleeping 18 hours a day and waking up feeling like I've been drugged?

18 hours a day is : Even more than the average newborn sleeps. This is excessive. Time for a medical evaluation to look for the underlying cause. ...Read more

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I sleep 10 hours and my baby sleeps great but why am I so tired all the time? It feels like I haven't slept at all.

I sleep 10 hours and my baby sleeps great but why am I so tired all the time? It feels like I haven't slept at all.

Non restorative slee: There are many reasons why your sleep is not restorative. Strongly suggest you consult a sleep disorders specialist. Non restorative sleep has many bad effects on many body systems, especially increasing the risks of heart attack and stroke. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son won't sleep and when he doesn't it's only for a couple of hours and then he is up all day. What can I do?

My 5 year old son won't sleep and when he doesn't it's only for a couple of hours and then he is up all day. What can I do?

Have him evaluated: It is very unusual for a 5 year-old child to need only a couple of hours of sleep.

However, there are many sleep problems that can cause that degree of insomnia in a child. I would recommend that he be evaluated by a sleep physician. If you go to the american academy of sleep medicine site you can find sleep doctors in your region who would be happy to help. ...Read more

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Why every night I can't sleep even if I try I just lay down in my bed for like 2 to 4 hours and then I finally I fall to asleep?

Why every night I can't sleep even if I try I just lay down in my bed for like 2 to 4 hours and then I finally I fall to asleep?

Many causes: Poor sleep habits such as spending too much time in bed or going to bed at different times on different days can cause difficulty with sleep. So can anxiety, noise, light in the bedroom. Improving sleep habits by going to bed at the same time every night, getting up every morning about 7 hours later whether you slept well, and avoiding naps, might help. ...Read more

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My baby cries all day, he doesn't sleep either during the day, if he sleeps an hour its alot, IV tried everything need help please?

My baby cries all day, he doesn't sleep either during the day, if he sleeps an hour its alot, IV tried everything need help please?

Crying baby: A baby will cry if he's wet, hungry or in pain. Since you don't state your baby's age, I have to assume he may be lactose intolerant and needs a formula change or if he's breast feeding he may not be getting sufficient milk. If he is beyond six months teething can be causing his discomfort. Have him suck on the half of a frozen bagel for pain relief. ...Read more

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I began taking 500 mgs of valerian two hours before I would like to sleep at night, its not working. How long before I notice anything?

I began taking 500 mgs of valerian two hours before I would like to sleep at night, its not working. How long before I notice anything?

Try for 4 weeks,also: Research suggests valerian helps most people, but nothing works for everyone. 500 mg should be a good dose. In one study people had better results after 14-28 days. If it doesn't help it might not be for you, or you may want to try a different brand as some herbal products don't contain what is on the label! Look for a standardized extract from a reliable company. See comment:. ...Read more

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Why do I always get pain in my lower back after 8 hours in bed? It does go away when I get up, but the amount of sleep I'd like to get is shortened.

Why do I always get pain in my lower back after 8 hours in bed? It does go away when I get up, but the amount of sleep I'd like to get is shortened.

Check your mattress: It may be as simple as needing a new mattress! Try a pillow under your knees and see if that helps. Yoga and stretching before bed and when you wake may also be helpful. ...Read more

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I know that I should sleep 7 hours at least. But does it matter if I sleep from 9pm till 4am or from 11pm till 6am or from 8pm till 3am for example?

I know that I should sleep 7 hours at least. But does it matter if I sleep from 9pm till 4am or from 11pm till 6am or from 8pm till 3am for example?

Follow sun: I have found that in general, sleeping from 10 pm until 7 pm tends to be the most physiological for most people. Getting up several hours before dawn tends to result in people being tired, regardless of when they went to sleep. Your situation may be very different, these are guidelines from my practice. ...Read more

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I get 9 to 10 hours of sleep but just every time I wake up I look tried I feel like I haven't gotta enough sleep so can anyone tell why this like this or what I can do?

I get 9 to 10 hours of sleep but just every time I wake up I look tried I feel like I haven't gotta enough sleep so can anyone tell why this like this or what I can do?

Quality of sleep or.: It could be that the quality of sleep is poor or that you have some other systemic problem not related to sleep. Usually 6 to 8 hours of sleep is good. I suggest seeing a physician to help determine why you are still sleepy. ...Read more

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How come sometimes when I get like 5 hours of sleep the night before and try to take a nap late in the evening it doesn't work??

How come sometimes when I get like 5 hours of sleep the night before and try to take a nap late in the evening it doesn't work??

Sleep cycle: Our brain has a certain sleep/wake cycle. It can be changed but gradually. Napping against that cycle doesn't work well even when tired. If you have a sleep problem please see your doctor. He/she may suggest a sleep study. Also, avoid screens (iPad, phone, PC) at least one hour prior to sleep. Avoid stimulants after noon. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I sleep like 12 hours in the night. How can I stop it?

I sleep like 12 hours in the night. How can I stop it?

12 hours of sleep: If your sleep is restful and no other symptoms the practice good hygiene and set an alarm to wake you up about same time every day after 8hours of sound sleep. Go to sleep about same time every day ...Read more

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I slept on and off from 10 pm until 7 am. I kept waking up every hour, I feel like I didn't get any sleep at all what can I do?

There are many: Things that interrupt sleep, so eliminate the obvious ones first. Start with stimulants and diet sensitivities, then look at any medications/interactions. Stay away from alcohol and/or drugs for a while. Exercise and practice stress reduction (meditation, music, self-hypnosis, prayer). Help? If not, check for allergies, depression, unresolved conflict. Try a mental health pro for help. ...Read more

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I got no sleep at all last night I mean like I went the whole night and only got an hour of sleep. Is it ok if it's only for that 1 night?

I got no sleep at all last night I mean like I went the whole night and only got an hour of sleep. Is it ok if it's only for that 1 night?

You get a pass 4 1x: Interesting question. It could be something physical such as something that you ate. Or it could be something psychological of which you are not aware. If it doesn't reoccur and you are ok physically and there are no serious issues bothering you -don't give it a second thought. If it reoccurs check it our by seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be able to wake up in the morning and then like an hour later go back to bed? I have always been this way. I just love to sleep.

Is it normal to be able to wake up in the morning and then like an hour later go back to bed? I have always been this way. I just love to sleep.

Normal: There are many variations on sleep patterns.
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No matter how much I sleep, I could always sleep more. It's hard to get out of bed. I can sleep sometimes 12 hours before i finally get up. Help? :(

No matter how much I sleep, I could always sleep more. It's hard to get out of bed. I can sleep sometimes 12 hours before i finally get up. Help? :(

Sleep apnea : I strongly suggest to you to be checked by a sleep disorders physician. You need to have a sleep study and based on it. The dr will decide if you having what we call sleep apnea or not and the severity of it and if you need a CPAP or just and oral appliance to help you breathe while asleep. ...Read more

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I wake up I feel that I need more sleep even that I slept more that 10 hours! also, I don't feel like doing any activity, I feel so lazy when I wake up?

I wake up I feel that I need more sleep even that I slept more that 10 hours! also, I don't feel like doing any activity, I feel so lazy when I wake up?

Need sleep: Wondering if u had this problem for a while and if u had checkup by your family doctor to rule out physical causes gor top much sleeping?. This will help determine the ppssible causes. ...Read more

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Why when I wake up in the morning I feel like I want to sleep more but I sleep approx. 7 and half hour and take time to concentrate please tell me why?

Why when I wake up in the morning I feel like I want to sleep more but I sleep approx. 7 and half hour and take time to concentrate please tell me why?

Not sure of your: Quality of sleep. Some adults need more than 7.5 hours per night. Try use of excellent sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot sleep like a normal person., (eight hours a day)?

Info: Here is a link to a great document on sleep hygiene and insomnia. http://www.nicsohs.gov.uk/sleep_hygiene.pdf ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot sleep like a normal person., (eight hours a day)?

What to do if I cannot sleep like a normal person., (eight hours a day)?

Start w excellent: Sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room.
5. Finish eating at. ...Read more

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I work in night shifts and during day time, I'm sleeping a lot like almost 12 hours, is this bad?

I work in night shifts and during day time, I'm sleeping a lot like almost 12 hours, is this bad?

Sleep disorder.: Your experience is akin to shift work sleep disorder. When your sleep schedule is erratic and unpredictable, your brain doesn't know if you want to be awake or asleep, so you stay in the middle, tired during the day. It sleep onset and quality are poor. No real way out of this save medications, which aren't the best way to go either. Sleep schedule has to be regular & predictable. ...Read more