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Middle Back Sleep
Major bruising on middle lower back. Can sleeping on my back damage it further? It seems to be the only angle without strong pain.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back pain: A firm sleeping surface is beter for the back. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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 ** http://bit.ly/1xUALOL If you feel very depressed>>See Dr a ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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