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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?

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

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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What is the difference between somebody that is in a coma vs under anesthetic vs sleeping deep?

What is the difference between somebody that is in a coma vs under anesthetic vs sleeping deep?

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

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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,

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

One good option: Is sublingual melatonin. See that you suffer from melatonin. If depression is not adequately treated - that may be a cause for insomnia. Please discuss with your prescribing provider. ...Read more

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I always lost sleep and deep sleep and dreams always expect doctors help?

I always lost sleep and deep sleep and dreams always expect doctors help?

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

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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?

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?

Exercise/nutrition: Proper exercise and nutrition are critical in terms of your sleep cycle and sleep in general. Timing for eating and exercise are also critical. You may have to use trial and error to help you determine what is best for you. ...Read more

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Are vivid dreams any indication of sleep quality? Deep sleep? Been having vivid dreams nighty for weeks.

Are vivid dreams any indication of sleep quality? Deep sleep? Been having vivid dreams nighty for weeks.

Vivid Dreams: Maybe poor sleep quality. Vivid dreams usually means that you're awakening during the part of the sleep cycle that includes dreaming. It may be related to the Alprazolam you're taking. Talk to your primary care doctor about a trial off the xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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What should I do to get more, deeper sleep at night?

What should I do to get more, deeper sleep at night?

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

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What happens to deep sleep as you age?

What happens to deep sleep as you age?

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

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Please tell me what we have to do for deep sleep?

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

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How to stop chesty coughs halfway through deep sleep?

How to stop chesty coughs halfway through deep sleep?

Stop smoking: I bet if you didn't smoke, a young man like you wouldn't have a nightly chest cough. Stop smoking and lungs will clear. In the meantime try otc products to help with cough during sleep. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you fall into a deep sleep?

What exactly does it mean when you fall into a deep sleep?

Sleep stages: There are historically 5 stages of sleep. Stage 1 and 2 being light and the rest being deeper. What it means is that sleep being unconscious, your depth of unconsciousness is deeper. So theoretically it may take more to wake you up. ...Read more

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Is there a way to put myself to a deep sleep without taking tablets?

Is there a way to put myself to a deep sleep without taking tablets?

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

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What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

What's the percentage of deep sleep of whole sleep to be healthy and refreshing.

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

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How can you wake up a person who is in deep sleep if it's necesary? It is possible?

How can you wake up a person who is in deep sleep if it's necesary? It is possible?

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

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How long is it supposed to it take for the average person to fall into a deep sleep?

How long is it supposed to it take for the average person to fall into a deep sleep?

Normals: Typically stage n3/delta sleep between 30-60 minutes. Rem sleep (stage n5) is about 90-120 minutes. If you haven't slept in a while these numbers are shorter. This is for adults, kids go into deeper sleep faster and spend more time there as well. ...Read more

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How much deep sleep does a very active 49 year old male need each night? How much light sleep?

6 to 8 hours: Deep rem sleep is rejuvenating sleep and we all need a reasonable amount of it to have our bodies repair.

Six to eight hour of sleep are ideal for most of us each night. ...Read more

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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

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