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How can I make my 2 months old sleep deep? I guess his hearing is very good that's why even a little noise can wake him up, how can I help him?
Ignoring: Remember that we all have a normal amount of "partial awakenings" that we go through during the phases of sleep. We almost wake up, you and I recognize we are in our bed, with our pillow, and roll over and go back to sleep. Babies have these also. And this is where they learn to sleep on their own and self console. The best you can do for him, is to let him learn how to console himself. ...Read more
Big difference: Persons in a coma that is not induced by medication typically have damage to a part of their brain that governs sleep-wake cycles called the reticular activating system. They do not respond to the natural processes that wake us up after sleep. They cannot be awakened by loud noises or change in light. There are different levels of coma. Even people sleeping deeply have a normal nervous system. ...Read more
What can I take over the counter that will help me sleep deeper that will mix good with benadryl (diphenhydramine)? I'm being constantly woken up by trains, snow plows,
No good OTCs: 55 yo female with difficulty sleeping due to loud noise and wants to know what to mix with benadryl (diphenhydramine). First of all, benadryl (diphenhydramine) is not a good medicine to rely on for sleep. The effects only last a few hours, might help you fall asleep but won't keep you asleep. There are no OTC meds I would recommend for sleep. You should try ear plugs for noise. Please see your primary care physician for further recs ...Read more
I only get night sweats when I sleep deep, respire deeply, and have deep dreams (which doesn't happen nightly - insomnia). What could cause this?
Sleep: It might be a good idea for your doctor to send you for a sleep study. Once the information is available changes could be made if needed. ...Read more
I sleep deep for first 3 hours, then have trouble sleeping after. What OTC sleep aid would help this problem? I'm practicing proper sleep hygiene.
May need sleep eval: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
Day time fatigue & sleepines. Feel bettr at night. More alert and focusd. Hard to fall sleep bt deep sleepr 8hrs. How can I be more active during day?
Are vivid dreams any indication of sleep quality? Deep sleep? Been having vivid dreams nighty for weeks.
Delta phase sleep: There are several phases of sleep and one of the most important levels for maximum rest and renovation is delta phase. This is the deepest level of sleep in which hgh (human growth hormone) is released and in adults provides one of the most potented hormones that naturally helps prevent tissue and organ breakdown. It may be that you have a sleep disorder preventing this level of sleep. ...Read more
Deep sleep: Deep sleep -- non-rem stages 3 & 4 -- is also known as "restorative" sleep. This decreases as we age, unfortunately! Stages 1 & 2 can increase by 8-15%. Older people have more fragmented sleep, and more sleep disturbance in general. ...Read more
Try good sleep: Hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more
Binaural apps: The binaural apps reviewed on this site are your best bet. They were developed from thee field of neurofeedback and are quite helpful. I've used such technology before it was miniaturized for apps and feel I can wholeheartedly endorse this technology. ...Read more
Not sure: Not sure how you define each. Sleep habits in adults are individual and body needs vary. If you dream when you sleep the amount of sleep you need tends to be less in order to fell refreshed. In general +/- 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep should be good. Judge by how you feel. Whatever refreshes YOU is what you need. Avoid alcohol caffeine or stimulants in the evening and exercise regularly. ...Read more
Go slowly: Depends upon how well you know the sleeper. Avoid startling. Talk softly increasing volume slowly. If person is a close relative/partner/friend light touch face increasing in firmness. ...Read more
It used to be so hard to wake up but now I wake up really easily. Does this mean I'm not getting into deep sleep so that's why it's easier to wake up?
Morning lark: It is not unusual for people to wake up when sunlight enters their eyes. Getting up early does not necessarily mean that you are losing deep sleep. The latter part of your night is spent largely in rem sleep. True deep sleep would be considered stage n3 sleep. This is a combination of what used to be called stage iii and four sleep. I don't believe that there is any significant correlation between getting up early and losing deep sleep which can occur even earlier in the night. As long as you're not feeling sleepy during the day there should be no problembest wishes and try to get somewhere between six and eight hours of sleep per night. If you find that you are having difficulty then please consult with a sleep disorder specialist. ...Read more
White noise effects: Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc. While some work better than others, many people find they help them fall and/or remain asleep. Their effectiveness can vary with level of fatigue and depth of sleep cycle. Anyone caring for a baby or child should avoid anything that will make it hard to hear crying. ...Read more
Exercise: Also try taking a warm bath and listen tomsoft music. Turn off all electronic devices as well. ...Read more
All phases: You can dream in all four sleep stages. ...Read more
Get it checked out!: Loud snoring does not indicate deeper sleep. Seek medical help to determine to cause of your snoring. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more
No.: If you had a sleep study then the doctor who ordered it should address this question. As a rule we like to see O2 levels remain above 90% during sleep, although even higher levels, if more than 3 or 4 points below your usual O2 level during sleep, and if associated with a detectable breathing disturbance, can be a sign of a problem. COPD, etc., can cause lower O2 levels during sleep as well. ...Read more
No: Normal males ejaculate while sleeping. Since normal males do this, it's likely a good thing for the body. Be sure to wash the underwear soon, before stains become set. ...Read more
Recommended. Stages of sleep are also important. Nice review of sleep stages and importance at this link
http://www. Charismanews. Com/culture/41238-the-4-stages-of-sleep-and-their-importance
Hope this is helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more