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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 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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How do I find what's the best sleeping position for your back if you have pain?

Pain where ?: In general w the absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back is considered optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. The next best position 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 >. ...Read more

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What's the best way to sleep (position, mattress, etc.), as a lifelong habit, so not to get sleep problems 30 years later?

What's the best way to sleep (position, mattress, etc.), as a lifelong habit, so not to get sleep problems 30 years later?

Long answer!: Best way to sleep can be very personalized. In general i would say make sure you are correct/near ideal body weight, avoid sedative hypnotics prior to sleep, sleep on side if comfortable, avoid matresses that may become old and worn, avoid allergens during sleep (make sure breathing clean air). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sleep position?

What is the definition or description of: Sleep position?

Sleep position: Sleep position = placement of head, neck & remainder of body during sleep. ...Read more

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Can a sleep position worsen sciatica nerve problems?

Can a sleep position worsen sciatica nerve problems?

Yes: ? can sleep position worsen sciatica. Long nerve tracts are normally stretched by certain anatomical positions. If nerve abnormally impinged anywhere pain shoots down tract. Best psn. to remit pain is supine (no pillow) on couch w. sciatica leg flexed 45 degrees & leaned vs. couch back; other foot on arm rest. Position also diminishes longitudinal spinal cord pull. Relaxed nerves are happy nerves. ...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

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What's the best sleeping position for a 64 year old male who suffers from chronic, but mild lower-back disc pain?

What's the best sleeping position for a 64 year old male who suffers from chronic, but mild lower-back disc pain?

As a 47 year old: ...With chronic back pain, I have found it very helpful to sleep on my side with one pillow between my knees. I find it helps maintain by spines natural curvature. You can also try a "body pillow), which is a longer pillow designed to help people who like to sleep on their sides. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5mnth 3days. What is the best sleep position for her? Should I use a pillow for her or not? If yes, what kind of pillow high or low?

My daughter is 5mnth 3days. What is the best sleep position for her? Should I use a pillow for her or not? If yes, what kind of pillow high or low?

Interesting question: Babies should always start their sleep on their back. There should never be any pillow, blanket, bumper or any other material in the bed after weaning from initial wrapping after birth. Babies die every year that suffocate in pillows or blankets.They should be avoided until they can stand in a crib and prove their ability to move out of a smothering situation. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping position to fix forward head posture & rounded shoulders? Should i sleep on the floor? What are some stretches to fix this?

What is the best sleeping position to fix forward head posture & rounded shoulders? Should i sleep on the floor? What are some stretches to fix this?

Kyphosis: Poor posture is possible, but underlying scheuermann's kyphosis is also an option. If you have a noticeable hump on your back, likely not postural. Kyphosis is an inherited disorder that results in pain that usually subsides after growth ceases. If persistent, occasionally surgical treatment is warranted. If this is more than a nag, i'd get some x-rays and have a spine specialist check. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping position for hemorrhoids?

What is the best sleeping position for hemorrhoids?

Left side: Lying down on your left side puts less pressure on the portal vein on the right which backs up in the blood vessels causing hemorrhoid. ...Read more

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Which is the optimum sleeping position for large breasts?

Which is the optimum sleeping position for large breasts?

Sleep on your sides: It's probably best to sleep on your sides. You may want to use a small pillow under your breast to support them during sleep. The weight of large breasts when sleeping supine (on your back) can prevent the lungs from expanding fully, especially during rem sleep. ...Read more

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