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Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Does the position you sleep in affect your sleep?

Yes: In around 30% and up to 50% of the time sleep apnea and snoring improves when the person is not on his/her back. Therefore, sleeping on the side may improve the sleep quality if the person has positional sleep apnea. Pain associated with certain conditions may get better or worse with certain positions. Pain affects the quality of sleep. ...Read more

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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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Does sleeping on your back correlate with sleep terrors?

Does sleeping on your back correlate with sleep terrors?

Sleep Terrors: There has not been any particular body position that increases the risk of or correlates with sleep terrors. ...Read more

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How can I make sleep health / sleep hygiene better?

How can I make sleep health / sleep hygiene better?

See below: Establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine: warm showers, room on a slightly cooler side. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a "i'm sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don't use your bedroom as your office. Try to avoid afternoon naps, no caffeine after 3-4 pm. Use your bed for sleep and sex only. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...Read more

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Can your partner's sleeping habits negatively affect your sleeping habits?

Can your partner's sleeping habits negatively affect your sleeping habits?

Yes: People habits can interfere with sleep cycles and comfort in sleeping. People have different levels of noise tolerance, different responses to movement, and different tolerances for heat and cold. It is OK to explore whatever helps you and your partner to have a good sleep hygiene regimen to complement rather than interfere with sleeping. There are solutions for all problems. ...Read more

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Does health a2z sleep aid work?

Depends : The active ingredient that makes you "sleep better" is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Benadryl is an anti-histamine, with a known side-effect profile of causing sedation/sleepiness. ...Read more

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Practice good sleep hygiene. Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep. Any suggestions?

Practice good sleep hygiene.  Sleep on a schedule, but wake up after 2-3 hours sleep.  Any suggestions?

Insomnia: Some quick tips. Look up healthy sleep habits online. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like drugs and alcohol. ...Read more

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Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

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Does sleep deprivation cause sleep walking?

Yes: People prone to sleep walking are more likely to do so when they are recovering (ie getting good sleep) after sleep deprivation. ...Read more

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How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

How does obstructive sleep apnea impact health?

Lots of ways: The impact of sleep disorders is evident in a wide range of adverse health consequences, including but not limited to hypertension, cadiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders such a diabetes, gastric disorders such as gerd, respiratory disorders such as asthma, emotional and psychological disorders, and even sudden death. There is a much higher rate of motor vehicle accidents as well. ...Read more

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Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Can you have sleep apnea only in certain sleep positions?

Yes: Yes. Most commonly on back where the effects of gravity cause the tongue to fall back and potentially block the airway. You sleep doc will help sort out this parameter. ...Read more

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Home sleep study said moderate sleep apnea w/severe oxygen saturation <70 & in-clinic study said no sleep apnea & perfect oxygen levels. Which right?

Home sleep study said moderate sleep apnea w/severe oxygen saturation <70 &  in-clinic study said no sleep apnea & perfect oxygen levels. Which right?

My reaction: Advise you to sit down with your doctor and go over both studies in full detail, as one of these is clearly WRONG. Although I would favor a clinic outcome due to presence of skilled personnel, I cannot clarify the outcomes from this perspective. Good luck with this. ...Read more

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Does sleeping in an airtight room (window close) affect sleep quality and muscle mass?

Does sleeping in an airtight room (window close) affect sleep quality and muscle mass?

Probably not: A stuffy room may affect your sleep quality but not likely your muscle mass in any significant way. If you are asking because you have experienced a loss of muscle mass, weakness, fatigue or any other specific symptoms, then you should consult your Dr. ...Read more

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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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Any relationship between sids and sleep apnea?

Any relationship between sids and sleep apnea?

SIDS and apnea: Babies with apnea of prematurity are at a slightly increased incidence of sids but there is no link between obstructive sleep apnea and sids. The risk factors for sids do not overlap wth the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Sleep deprivations effect on intelligence?

Sleep deprivations effect on intelligence?

Sleep deprivation: affects the ability to remember and decreases concentration. ...Read more

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How does sleep apnea interfere with your sleep?

Prevents deep sleep: Apnea causes an arousal in the brain that either 1) wakes you up or 2) lightens the stage of sleep you are in. Sleep is like walking down the stairs... It's a stepwise approach to deeper sleep. The more severe your apnea, the more you "go back up the stairs" to lighter sleep... Continued interruption may prevent you from "getting all the way down the stairs.". ...Read more

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Is grinding your teeth during sleep an issue?

Is grinding your teeth during sleep an issue?

Yes. : Grinding your teeth will cause permanent damage to your teeth and can result in tooth fracture and damage to your jaw joint, or tmj. See your dentist who can make a custom fitted night guard which is comfortable to wear and will prevent damage to your teeth. ...Read more

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Does sleeping in a dusty room effect overall health?

Does sleeping in a dusty room effect overall health?

Yes: You are being exposed to dust mites. Some people are very sensitive to dust mites and may develop signs of asthma. Keep the room dust free. ...Read more

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Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sleep Position (Definition)

Sleep position = placement of head, neck & remainder ...Read more