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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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Can I split my sleep hours to two sections? For example 4 hrs at night, 3 in the next afternoon and still be healthy?

Can I split my sleep hours to two sections? For example 4 hrs at night, 3 in the next afternoon and still be healthy?

Probably: But you should allow enough time for deep (alpha) sleep since this is the kind that rejuvenates.3 hours is a little short, HOWEVER it has been shown that NAPS are HEALTHY!
Hope this helps
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Does a nightlight impact your sleeping hours?

Does a nightlight impact your sleeping hours?

Not really: Bright lights will, interfere with delta sleep, that needed for full relaxation in sleep, but a nightlight may be a very good idea to, prevent falls. Generally they are single, digit wattage, aimed at the floor or in the bathroom, and out of your eyes in bed. ...Read more

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Why is it during my sleep hour my sputum is flowing?

Why is it during my sleep hour my sputum is flowing?

Are referring: To mucus in the back of your throat? It is actually flowing during the day too, but gravity pulls it down. At night it pools in the throat and you can wake up with a bunch of yuck. ...Read more

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I want to know if it's alright to divide the Sleeping hours?

I want to know if it's alright to divide the Sleeping hours?

Hard to say: What you are referring to is "polyphasic" sleeping. There aren't a lot of studies regarding this but it does seem to boil down to: it depends on the individual. Some people who sleep in these atypical patterns seem to do fine without findings of sleep deprivation while others do poorly. You may consider seeing how your body feels, but if you do, be careful about operating a car while trying. ...Read more

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How can I use my sleeping hours more effectively and reduce them?

How can I use my sleeping hours more effectively and reduce them?

Sleep hygiene: Use your bed for only sleep and sex. No reading or tv in bed. No alcohol, tobacco or caffiene in the evening before bed. No other distractions in the bedroom. The more efficient your sleep, the less time you need in bed. ...Read more

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Will having more normal, routine sleeping hours improve my overall mental health?

Will having more normal, routine sleeping hours improve my overall mental health?

Likely: Your body does best with routines -- especially sleep. 8 - 9 hours is recommended for everyone! The body repairs itself when sleeping. Growth hormone is secreted while sleeping and all the benefits of it result. When well rested, you are able to do better in all things, mental and physical. Good luck with the routine. ...Read more

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When during sleeping hours do kids grow "most"?

When during sleeping hours do kids grow "most"?

Growth hormone: Typically the most active periods for hormonal release including growth hormone and thyroid is in the first third of the night whatever hours those happen to be. ...Read more

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What number of sleeping hours are most effective for kids' growth?

What number of sleeping hours are most effective for kids' growth?

Growth: In active growing years it is preferable to get plenty of rem sleep because growth hormone peak release occurs then. Generally 8 to 10 hours is preferable. ...Read more

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Least amount of sleep hours possible to grow and still produce muscle?

Least amount of sleep hours possible to grow and still produce muscle?

Depends: Oumt of sleep is age dependent. To be healthy most adults should have 7-8 hours of sleep though very few actually sleep this much. Children need much more. ...Read more

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What is the normal sleep hours (duration)for man working in it, working 9hrs a day with 2hrs commuting time to home and office?

6-8 hrs: Your occupation has no bearing on how much sleep you're supposed to get. All adults should get an average of 6-8 hours of sleep a night. ...Read more

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What's the normal sleep hours for 10 months baby? My daughter sleeps each 2 hours for one hour along with10 hours at night Is it normal

What's the normal sleep hours for 10 months baby? My daughter sleeps each 2 hours for one hour along with10 hours at night Is it normal

Normal Sleeping: Sleeping patterns differ among children. The average pattern for the 9-10 month old infant is a 11-12 hours at night with two naps lasting 1-2 hours each. If your infant is happy, well rested and growing appropriately then her pattern is normal for her. If her patterns change dramatically then return to her primary care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm a 45 yr. Old female. The past 2 weeks I've been waking up around 3-5 a.m. I know its not enough sleep. Hours to fall asleep again. What is it?

I'm a 45 yr. Old female. The past 2 weeks I've been waking up around 3-5 a.m. I know its not enough sleep. Hours to fall asleep again. What is it?

Many possiblities: Waking up too early can have many causes from anxiety to substance use. Here are some things to try. Do not use anything with caffeine 12 hours before going to bed. Do not use any electronics 3 hours before bedtime. Exercise early in the day, not before bedtime. If you smoke do not smoke 3 hours before bed. Try a 25 mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) before sleep. If these do not work, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My normal sleep hour were 8, now needing at least 10 hrs to function, is this hypersomnia, or has my body changed wid age or is need for 10 hrs normal?

My normal sleep hour were 8, now needing at least 10 hrs to function, is this hypersomnia, or has my body changed wid age or is need for 10 hrs normal?

Hypersomnia: This change makes me wonder about the possibility that you might be either taking a medication that is causing you to sleep more, or that you have a sleep disorder that is interrupting your sleep, or that you have a mild form of depression, or possibly some other medical condition. You should see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Excess sleeping and laziness, even after doing regular exercise. Any remedy for reducing sleep hours?

Excess sleeping and laziness, even after doing regular exercise. Any remedy for reducing sleep hours?

Find why: Anemic? Depressed? Malnourished from a "pop" diet? Overweight? Sleep apnea? Porphyria? Hypothyroid? Any other symptoms? Dropped libido points to hemochromatosis / pituitary adenoma. Parasomnia such as restless legs? I had a colleague's career almost ruined by that one before it was diagnosed. Carbon monoxide? Early ms? Hypercalcemia? Don't treat the symptoms, man -- find the cause! ...Read more

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I work from home and feel this is not good for mental health. Tech jobs also = bad sleep hours and rhythm. What do I do for better mental/phys health?

I work from home and feel this is not good for mental health. Tech jobs also = bad sleep hours and rhythm. What do I do for better mental/phys health?

Compensate: Some people find working from home isolating -- they miss the social stimulation of being in an office with other colleagues. Is this the case with you? If so, perhaps you can make up for this by socializing with others in your non-work hours. Consider any other factors you're missing. See about compensating or rearranging your work tasks to optimize both your work & life. ...Read more

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My 4yo is in bed by 730p & usu awake/up 4 day by 7a. I don't know her exact sleep hours but she is miserable & tired 4+ days a week. Why could this be?

My 4yo is in bed by 730p & usu awake/up 4 day by 7a. I don't know her exact sleep hours but she is miserable & tired 4+ days a week. Why could this be?

4yr old: Children are continually growing and changing thier habits. They also have mental stresses adults may not realise. If you realize a real problem with your childs health, for gods sake, take her to your pediatrician and get her examined. ...Read more

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I always feel sleepy. However I do sleeping hours between 8:pm to 7:am, that's pretty great. But still I always feel sleepy during daytime, help me dis?

I always feel sleepy. However I do sleeping hours between 8:pm to 7:am, that's pretty great. But still I always feel sleepy during daytime, help me dis?

Humph: Are your covers all over the bed when you wake up? Do you toss and turn a lot? Do you snore? Do you wake yourself up gasping or making strange noises?! could you fall asleep driving or at a stop sign? Do you drink coffee or energy drinks to stay awake? Do you miss work because you are exhausted? Could or do you fall asleep trying to read a book or at the computer? If you said yes to. ...Read more

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Greeting;What is best relief for mighty muscle spasms during resting or sleep hours, please. They are worst than ever in strenghth. Thank you.

Greeting;What is best relief for mighty muscle spasms during resting or sleep hours, please. They are worst than ever in strenghth. Thank you.

Answer is obvious: If your car was making a funny sound, would you think, "How can I get rid of that funny sound? " or would you think, "I need to take my car in to the mechanic to find out what's making that sound so HE can get rid of the sound"? It's just as true in medicine as in auto repair: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. How can you treat something when you don't know what is causing that something? ...Read more

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How much hour is nomal sleep hour for 1 mo baby, per 24 hour time? My baby seems have lack of sleep (wake every 1-2 hr).

How much hour is nomal sleep hour for 1 mo baby, per 24 hour time? My baby seems have lack of sleep (wake every 1-2 hr).

16-16 hours: But certainly not all at one time, especially of the baby is being nursed it is common to awaken every 2 hours to feed at this age. Baby usually falls back to sleep fairly quickly after being burped and changed. ...Read more

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Is it okay to swallow tablets without water? I take Zeptol 200 thrice a day and often during my sleep hours it leaves a bad taste when rubs tongue.

Is it okay to swallow tablets without water? I take Zeptol 200 thrice a day and often during my sleep hours it leaves a bad taste when rubs tongue.

Yes: Water makes medication go down easier but if you can do this without extra water, that is OK. Your moutn constantly bathes itself in saliva which you swallow anyway so the tablet will reach your stomach and do its thing. ...Read more

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I was struck bluntly in right temple by a baseball in 1995. tinnitus began in 2008-09. very disruptive while horizontal during sleep hours. I've had?

I was struck bluntly in right temple by a baseball in 1995. tinnitus began in 2008-09. very disruptive while horizontal during sleep hours. I've had?

Tinnitus: The two are not contacted. See ENT for audiogram. Can use radio on low volume to override tinnitus. Some respond to cognitive behavioral therapy. Limit noise exposure, aspirin, smoking, caffeine ...Read more

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Hello Dr I would like to ask you a question if it is normal for a 40 year old man to have to urunate 1 time every nigth during sleeping hours, if this means he could be suffering from BPH? Also what about would be the normal urine flow/intensity for him?

Hello Dr I would like to ask you a question if it is normal for a 40 year old man to have to urunate 1 time every nigth during sleeping hours, if this means he could be suffering from BPH? Also what about would be the normal urine flow/intensity for him?

See remark: At 40 yrs, BPH is uncommon. Voiding once is not that bad but is not common. Do you drink fluids, alcohol,
coffee, tea, a lot of fruits before bedtime? They all cause your complaint. I don't want to go into detail of flow and intensity which require special instruments. Abstain from excessive fluids at night, if you still are bothered with the one-time getting up @ night, see a urologist ...Read more

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Hi Doctor, is it normal to urinate during sleeping hours in the night every 2to 3 hours? Shall I worry? Thanks

Hi Doctor, is it normal to urinate during sleeping hours in the night every 2to 3 hours? Shall I worry? Thanks

Urine frequency: As men become older their prostate may gets bigger, this enlargement of the prostate can cause urinary flow obstruction and frequent urination, also infection can cause urinary frequency, diabetes can also cause this, drinking too much liquid also can be the culprit, see a doctor for evaluation if this continues ...Read more

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Coughs 24/7 even sleeping hours. Propped up with two pillows. Not sick/asthma. Heavy smoker. Coughing 6mos or more. Could this be COPD? Congested 24/7

Coughs 24/7 even sleeping hours. Propped up with two pillows. Not sick/asthma. Heavy smoker. Coughing 6mos or more. Could this be COPD? Congested 24/7

Pulm. Visit: I would suggest an eval by a lung specialist. It is important to analyze the sputum, perform lung function testing and to obtain an imaging study. I hope that you can try to quit. The American Lung Association can help if you give them a call.
Congestion can cause post nasal drip and you can try a decongestant at night. This can contribute to your cough, but since you smoke, pls visit M.D. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to sleep 7 hours a day?

Yes, helpful: Most adults are healthiest when sleeping around 8 hours/night, with a straight block of at least 6 hours. Children and young adults need more sleep as the brain and body are developing. As adults age, 55+, often sleep becomes more difficult. Sometimes this is hormonally related. Talk with your doctor to assess your sleep and its effect on your health and potential treatment/ interventions. ...Read more

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I sleep 11 hours everyday is that normal?

I sleep 11 hours everyday is that normal?

Depends: Are you able to function with less sleep? There is variation in the need for sleep and the average is about 8 hour. Eleven hours seems excessive. How do you get your day's work done? Even if you are not working, it would be good idea to limit your sleep to no more than 9 hours.
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. ...Read more

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What will happen if you only sleep one hour a night?

What will happen if you only sleep one hour a night?

Sleep deprivation.: Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety and depression are all consequences of inadequate sleep. As well, you could have cognitive issues with attention and academic abilities. ...Read more

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Hi! Is it good that I sleep 2 hours a day in afternoon?

Napping: Devil's advocate. Try to understand why napping 2 rs in afternoon. This is our normal circadian dip and yes, we're tired. Two hours is excessive most cases and when not, it may mean we're not sleeping recommended 6-8 hours at night (adults). In 2 hours you may get into all stages of sleep including rem which does throw off your nocturnal sleep, evening if you feel "ok.". ...Read more

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