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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry And Sleep (Definition)

Psychiatry and sleep is a topic that relates to the reasons that sleep is good for one's mental state, and looks at the effects of inadequate sleep. Sleep allows the brain to rest, and helps with memory and learning. A lack of sleep causes memory loss, poor mental performance, and possibly symptoms like irritability, depressed ...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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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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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 best and safest sleep position for a newborn ?

What is the best and safest sleep position for a newborn ?

Flat on back: The safest position/environment for a newborn sleep is flat on their back. Crib death declined 40% when we moved to this position. Any swaddling blanket used in the first days after birth should be loosened regularly until the kid gets use to the free movement & removed. The crib should have a firm mattress, no blankets or bumpers until the kid can stand (they suffocate in them). ...Read more

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Best sleep position(s) to alleviate or avoid waking up with achy neck and back?

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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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 sleep position with a urinary catheter?

Catheters: Basically, the one that is most comfortable for you. It is best to have the foley catheter secured to the outside thigh to reduce traction on the catheter which can cause pain and/or bleeding. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on my back, it keeps coming and going. I got circumcised a week ago so my sleep position has changed as I lie on my back. ?

I have a sharp pain on my back, it keeps coming and going. I got circumcised a week ago so my sleep position has changed as I lie on my back. ?

Probably: Sleeping on your back should not cause this sort of pain.iwould suggest you wait until the wound has healed. I hope yoyvare on antibiotics as the wound could be infected.. ...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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Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

Does a change in sleep position cause abdominal bloating?

It can: Sleeping in certain positions, namely stomach can increase likelihood of swallowing air because the esophagus (tube leading to stomach) remains opened. On back the airway and gravity mostly collapse this tube. ...Read more

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What is the best sleep position to maintain proper spine alignment & avoid or alleviate back and neck pain?

What is the best sleep position to maintain proper spine alignment & avoid or alleviate back and neck pain?

On your side: (the one which is most comfortable...a pillow between your legs may be helpful pull your knees up! (FETAL POSITION) REMEMBER whatever HURTS is probably NOT the correct position
Hope this is helpful

DrZ ...Read more

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I get really bad neck ache. Bad sleep position or what?

I get really bad neck ache. Bad sleep position or what?

Possibly: In general w the absence of specific health concerns, sleeping on the back may be optimal. Sleeping on your back can aid the head ; spine to maintain a neutral position. If you sleep on your back a puffy pillow which provides support but doesn’t put your neck at too much of an angle is recommended. Sleeping on the side can also. ...Read more

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What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each position. ...Read more

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Back ache, between shoulder blades, not constant, bad sleep position and or workouts seem to bring it on. Its tolerable?

Back ache, between shoulder blades, not constant, bad sleep position and or workouts seem to bring it on. Its tolerable?

Muscular: Most back pain in this area is muscular. Your triggers also sound muscular. If working out is aggravating it, you may need to eval your technique. A trial of physical therapy may help to re-educate the muscles in this are and work on any imbalances. ...Read more

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Almost every sleep position gets my arms numb by morningl! what should I do?

Almost every sleep position gets my arms numb by morningl! what should I do?

Sleep issue: It is possible that this is simply an issue of the position you sleep in; it is common for people to sleep in the fetal position without being aware of it. This puts tension on the nerves and can result in numbness. Alternatively you may have nerve compression such as carpal tunnel that is often worse at night. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Healthy Smile (Definition)

A healthy smile is one in which the teeth, supporting gum/bone tissues, and facial drape, are free from infection or damage, are stable, functional, and esthetic. If your smile does not meet these criteria please see a competent General Dentist for treatment and/or referral to the appropriate dental specialists. Seek quality ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep Medicine (Definition)

Sleep medicine is a specialty in the medical profession. Typically a physician who has been trained and certified by a specialty board in medicine and limits their medical practice to the diagnosis and ...Read more