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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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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Is it good to sleep on my back?

Is it good to sleep on my back?

If you have no: Specific health problems - then it is generally the sleep position that will put less abnormal strains on your body. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it better to sleep on your back or not?

Is it better to sleep on your back or not?

Sleep Position: Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. It is considered the optimal sleep position for most people. The next best is sleeping on the side. Sleeping on your stomach usually requires you to have your head turned to the side for hours ; makes it difficult to keep the spine in a neutral position. It also puts pressure on joints ; muscles. ...Read more

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Is it good for people to sleep on their back?

Is it good for people to sleep on their back?

In General, No: For the most part, sleeping on your back is less than ideal for posture (it flattens the normal curvatures of the spine) and can also act to make disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea much worse by allowing the tissues of the mouth and neck to "fall backward" and block the breathing passages. It is often better to sleep on one side or the other. Take care and stay healthy! ...Read more

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When can I safely sleep on my back after having baby?

When can I safely sleep on my back after having baby?

Anytime: Unless specifically told not to by your ob. You can sleep on your back at anytime. ...Read more

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If you cut back your sleep by one hour, will you body adjust?

If you cut back your sleep by one hour, will you body adjust?

No: An occasional short night sleep does not affect you health. However, a chronic, constant sleep deprivation of one hour leads to 30h (>1day!) missed restorative night time sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attacks and early death. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the best possible way to sleep for your back?

Can you please tell me the best possible way to sleep for your back?

Support: Whether you are on your side, back or stomach, you must have the proper support.
If your back is not properly aligned, you will cause stress. If it is aligned you will be happier in the morning. There are many brands of mattress that advertise this alignment, you could find the one that fits your body the best. ...Read more

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Is it better to sleep on your back, left side or right side and why?

Is it better to sleep on your back, left side or right side and why?

Makes no difference: There is no "better" way to sleep for most people. What's important is that you're comfortable and sleep well. It may be better to put a pillow between your knees if sleep on side so that you're hips and back don't get twisted which could potentially lead to back pain. ...Read more

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Is it safer for a baby to sleep on its back or on its front or on its side?

Is it safer for a baby to sleep on its back or on its front or on its side?

BACK: Always put babies to sleep o their back. Never on side or stomach. The back to sleep campaign has saved more lives by reducing the rate of sids than any other public health campaign in history. Do we need any more proof that back sleeping is best
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Before sleep in bed, why does middle back have spasms lasting 3 or 4/minutes 1 or 2 times/weekly?

Before sleep in bed, why does middle back have spasms lasting 3 or 4/minutes 1 or 2 times/weekly?

It depends: Back spasm can signal overuse, stenosis (narrowing), or instability. At night you go from vertical to a horizontal and the curve (lordosis) in the lower back is subject to forces that tend to straighten it out. If it is too tight or too lax, the nerves can be irritated; causing back pain. Try a pillow beneath the small part of your lower back. If it keeps hurting, get examined & get some x-rays. ...Read more

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My back is always hurting, sometimes its hard to even sleep at night, what could this possibly mean?

My back is always hurting, sometimes its hard to even sleep at night, what could this possibly mean?

Discuss with MD: Back pain that wakes you from sleep usually warrants an evaluation from your doctor. It could be nothing other than mechanical pain from activities, but more serious things should be ruled out. This is mostly the case when your activity history does not match the mechanical symptoms. If you have associated weight loss, or other symptoms as well, the uation becomes even more urgent. ...Read more

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If you sleep on your back when you're a baby, are you more likely to sleep on your back when you're an adult?

If you sleep on your back when you're a baby, are you more likely to sleep on your back when you're an adult?

No: There is no correlation between your sleeping position as a child and your sleeping position as an adult. It depends on a number of factors including sleep apnea, pain, comfort, etc. ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to go back to bed once I wake up in the middle of the night? I never find my sleep back again any advice?

Why is it difficult to go back to bed once I wake up in the middle of the night? I never find my sleep back again any advice?

See below: Insomnia can be due to many causes. Among them are anxiety, depression, shift work and a number of other causes. If your problem is more early awakening with difficulty falling back to sleep it suggest underlying depression as the cause. Go to the following sites for more information http://bit. Ly/1BBVVRw http://bit. Ly/1H64Naf
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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.
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.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I've heard it is healthiest to sleep on your back. Is this true? If so, how can I train my body to sleep on my back? I've always slept on my side.

I've heard it is healthiest to sleep on your back. Is this true? If so, how can I train my body to sleep on my back? I've always slept on my side.

See below: Agree with dr. Grin. For a person who does not have sleep apnea, there is not one truly optimum position. All positions are fine to sleep on, whether on your back or side. For people with sleep apnea, sleeping on the back is avoided due to the tongue falling back and obstructing the airway in addition to gravity's role. Thus, if you are healthy, sleeping on your side works great! Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get back to when I could move along with less sleep? I don't know, it's weird, but even after 8 hours I can't get up easily...

Is there anyway to get back to when I could move along with less sleep? I don't know, it's weird, but even after 8 hours I can't get up easily...

Sleep quality: If you have difficulty getting along w/8 hours sleep you may simply need a bit more sleep than the average person. Please see your doctor who may order a sleep study because the quality of your sleep may be poor. In that case it is not the amount that is the issue. Also consider your lifestyle choices, junk food, exercise or lack of it, depression, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. Can stretchin or bein active help? Have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

I was diagnosed with havin a bulgin disk in my back. Can stretchin or bein active help? Have difficulty sitting up 2 long or find a comfy way to sleep

Disc: Most disk problems can resolve within 4-6 weeks without specific treatment except anti-inflammatory medications, pain medication and occasional muscle relaxants. I don't recommend active exercises involving your back while you're symptomatic. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing but stay normally active. If symptoms remain severe after 4to6 weeks, consult pain management specialist or neurosurgeon ...Read more

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Nightmares when I sleep on my back?

Nightmares when I sleep on my back?

Try your side?: I have no explaination for this and have never heard of it. Sorry. Can you try not sleeping on your back? I know this is an obvious response to your comment. You might try some melatonin. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my back I have nightmares why?

Dunno: I thought maybe low oxygen levels (as in sleep apnea) induced by sleeping on back, but several experiments say no, also no general association of nightmare and back sleeping. Side sleeping is supposed to be more comforting...or perhaps you just remember more in one position? ...Read more

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Is sleeping on my back harmful to my baby?

Is sleeping on my back harmful to my baby?

No: Most women feel more comfortable on their side, however, sleeping on the back is not problematic. If you feel short of breath while on your back, you should turn over. Occasionally as the uterus starts to enlarge it compresses the vessels which return blood to your heart, which can make women feel short of breath. ...Read more

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When do I need to stop sleeping on my back?

When do I need to stop sleeping on my back?

At term and in labor: It is better to sleep on your side late in the third trimester and when you are in labor. ...Read more

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Would I hurt my baby if I sleep on my back?

Would I hurt my baby if I sleep on my back?

You can sleep on: Your back. Sleeping on your left side would be ideal as your pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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Is sleeping on the floor good for your back?

Is sleeping on the floor good for your back?

Yes and no: It really depends on the overall health of the individual. For some people it is comfortable and for others with joint problems it could be downright painful. Most cultures in the history of mankind and many today sleep on mats on the floors or carpets, so a lot could be cultural and personal preference. It is amazingly hard to find any scientific information on this. ...Read more

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How can I get back on a normal sleep pattern?

How can I get back on a normal sleep pattern?

Sleep hygiene: The first step is to clean up sleep: go to sleep and wake at consistent times each day. Spend no more than 15-20 minutes trying to sleep in a dark, quiet room. Avoid activity that could be causing you to have trouble sleeping. Avoid napping during the day. Get up and out of bed if you cannot sleep. Relaxation and imagery techniques may help if racing thoughts. See your doctor if problem persists. ...Read more

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Is sleeping on your back bad for your posture?

No, it is not.: Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. It is in general considered the optimal sleep position. ...Read more

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How can I sleep better without my back hurting?

How can I sleep better without my back hurting?

Check Sleep posture: 38 year old male asks, How can I sleep better without my back hurting? Sleeping Posture commonest cause for back hurting after sleep. Depending on ones Size & Shape the distribution of body weight and Spine alignment are major contributors as are Old/saggy matress high/ poorly contoured pillows, tossing for ambiance, too hot, too dry, too noisy, watching TV/ video games and more. If all OK see M ...Read more

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