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Doctor insights on: Side Sleeping Position

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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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I wake up every night after a few hours from dull soreness in my ribs (both sides) that lasts for an hour after i wake up. It happens regardless of sleep position. Help!

I wake up every night after a few hours from dull soreness in my ribs (both sides) that lasts for an hour after i wake up. It happens regardless of sleep position.  Help!

Sleep position : You are 29 male and note soreness in the chest/ribs after sleeping. This is most likely a sleep position related. Try sleeping in a reclining chair and note if the pain remains. Check the quality of you mattress the age as well. Start with recording what makes it better or worse to help figure this out if you need your doctor for this. ...Read more

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What sleep position helps you grow taller?

What sleep position helps you grow taller?

None.: There is no sleeping position that makes you taller. ...Read more

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How can you change your sleeping position when new partner?

How can you change your sleeping position when new partner?

Go for it: I'm not sure i understand your question, but if you are used to an empty bed, and you now have a partner, it can be a little bit of a challenge initially. First of all, get a bed that is big enough for the two of you. Then, i'm sure that it will all work out. ...Read more

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Best sleep position(s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

Use pillows: Dear JenniScott, Comfort is paramount when sleeping. Sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs and improve neck pain. If you have lower back pain, using a pillow behind your knees to slightly elevate it can help back pain. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as it cause lead to unwanted neck discomfort in the am. A firmer bed or memory foam mattress may do the trick. Happy sleeping! ...Read more