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Is sleeping on the floor good for your back?

Is sleeping on the floor good for your back?

Yes and no: It really depends on the overall health of the individual. For some people it is comfortable and for others with joint problems it could be downright painful. Most cultures in the history of mankind and many today sleep on mats on the floors or carpets, so a lot could be cultural and personal preference. It is amazingly hard to find any scientific information on this. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is sleeping on a hard floor good or bad for a person's back?

Is sleeping on a hard floor good or bad for a person's back?

Probably not good: Our body/back is not straight or hard so hard floor not good. Our body needs support during sleep and if you put a curved soft yet heavy body on blood, gravity will pull on it in directions you don't want and you wake up sore. ...Read more

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Fell on back on tile floor 3 wks ago Xray show nothing Can barely move without pain in lower back & hips Hot/cold compresses no good not able to sleep?

Fell on back on tile floor 3 wks ago Xray show nothing Can barely move without pain in lower back & hips Hot/cold compresses no good not able to sleep?

?bone injury: Bone injuries do not all show up right away on xrays. You may need a scan. Bone bruises can persist for 6-8 weeks but should be at least improving by now. Sounds like you need to be reevaluated if this persists ...Read more

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Having strong back pain (mainly shoulders, spinal cord) after sleeping on the floor for a few hours tonight. What to do against it? Does aspirin help?

Having strong back pain (mainly shoulders, spinal cord) after sleeping on the floor for a few hours tonight. What to do against it? Does aspirin help?

Back pain: Warm moist heat (shower or a wet warm towel) can help reduce the pain and stiffness. Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin can help too. Apply ice at night to reduce swelling. Perhaps, you can find a more comfortable place sleep tonight. ...Read more

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Is it good for people to sleep on their back?

In General, No: For the most part, sleeping on your back is less than ideal for posture (it flattens the normal curvatures of the spine) and can also act to make disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea much worse by allowing the tissues of the mouth and neck to "fall backward" and block the breathing passages. It is often better to sleep on one side or the other. Take care and stay healthy! ...Read more

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How can I train myself to sleep on my back for good posture?

How can I train myself to sleep on my back for good posture?

Tough!: Best bet is to have appropriate mattress (get fitted at a sleep center), and avoid pillows. Rather, use a "neck roll" or rolled hand towel to support your neck while sleeping. I like to "cradle" my head with two pillows on either side, but sleeping on my back increases my apnea, so I am obilgated to stay off it while sleeping--so be extra cautious if you have high blood pressure or snore heavily! ...Read more

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How do I get back into a good sleep routine after my overseas trip?

How do I get back into a good sleep routine after my overseas trip?

Get on schedule: The best thing to do is get back to your normal schedule and get to bed at your regular time. Avoid caffeine for a few hours before bedtime and avoid naps. It may take a few days of doing this before you are back on track. ...Read more

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Any good way to stay laying on my back while sleeping?

Any good way to stay laying on my back while sleeping?

Pillows: Pillows can come in handy when trying to sleep on your back. Try putting one behind your knees. You can then put more pillows on either side of you or under both arms. There is no one great technique to sleeping on your back. You have to find what works for you and just be persistent. It may take some time to get used to sleeping on your back. ...Read more

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Is it good to sleep on my back?

Is it good to sleep on my back?

If you have no : specific health problems - then it is generally the sleep position that will put less abnormal strains on your body. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I get back into a good sleeping pattern again?

How can I get back into a good sleeping pattern again?

Sleep: Sleep is driven by circadian and homeostatic drives. Identify your daily pattern by maintaining a sleep diary for 2 weeks or so, read about sleep hygiene, you can google sleep diary and sleep hygiene etc
sometimes melatonin and light therapy are used if you have delayed sleep phase or advanced sleep phase syndrome. ...Read more

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What's a good way of getting back into regular sleeping habits?

What's a good way of getting back into regular sleeping habits?

Sleep Hygiene: Establish time when you would like to go to bed. Create a bed time routine -- warm showers, room should be on a slightly cooler side; no tv, no computer. Learn relaxation exercises to help put your body in a "i'm sleeeeeepy mode" :). Don't use your bedroom as your office. Our body likes schedules and routines. Remember that:). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i could get back into a good sleeping routine?

Can you tell me how i could get back into a good sleeping routine?

Use good sleep: Hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows.
4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room.
5. Finish eating at least. ...Read more

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I'm practically nocturnal. What are good and effective ways of changing your sleeping pattern back to normal social hours?

I'm practically nocturnal. What are good and effective ways of changing your sleeping pattern back to normal social hours?

Arise same time: Arise same time each morning, don't nap during the day, get at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise daily, stop all video (tv, texting, computer) at least 2 hours before retiring. Go to bed the same time each night. Example: arise 0600, stop video by 8pm, bedtime (no tv!) 11pm. Avoid caffeine. Some find it helpful to stop all video day+night for 7 days. Try quiet evening activity-talk, read. ...Read more

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12m son. Eating item picked up from floor. Had to remove, was fighting back.After removing found mild bleed. Sleeping peacfully now. any problems?

12m son. Eating item picked up from floor. Had to remove, was fighting back.After removing found mild bleed. Sleeping peacfully now. any problems?

Hard to say: If he continues to act normally, he's probably fine. The object he put in his mouth may have scratched him, or even your own fingernail may have when you were trying to remove it. Just watch him, give him lots of fluids, and see if he has any further problems. Call your doctor if he vomits red blood, has a fever, or is not able to eat or drink. ...Read more

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I'm haveing short breathing. It's been few days. Goes and comes back. Is walking good, i feel like just sit home do nothing. Takes me 5h to sleep?

I'm haveing short breathing. It's been few days. Goes and comes back.  Is walking good, i feel like just sit home do nothing. Takes me 5h to sleep?

Serious?: At your age there should be no breathing problem. Unless you had this before. I wonder if you could have blood clots in your lung. This should be checked with your doc asap! ...Read more

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How to get my 3 year old back on a good sleep schedule?

How to get my 3 year old back on a good sleep schedule?

Don't let them nap: during the day, put them to bed at the same time every night, develop a sleep routine (i.e., quiet time before bed time, bath, soothing music & a story before bed), make sure they get exercise every day (but not just before bedtime!) Good luck. ...Read more

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Sleeping on floor for back pain is helpful, harmful or has no effect?

Sleeping on floor for back pain is helpful, harmful or has no effect?

Back pain: Sleeping on a floor is not a remedy for back pain. Often people blame the low back pain on the mattress, the car seat, or a chair in the office. In most cases, the cause of the pain is degeneration of a lumbar facet joint or herniation of a lumbar disc. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation and treatment of the low back pain. ...Read more

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How many nights of good sleep can it take to get healthy skin etc back?

How many nights of good sleep can it take to get healthy skin etc back?

Hard to say: When we talk about sleep effecting metabolic and cardiovascular health, typically it is on the order of 3-6 months. Skin is the window to the rest of our organ system function so i would say at least that long. ...Read more

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The back of my head the bottom part hurts real bad i haven't been sleeping good & been under a lot of stress?

The back of my head the bottom part hurts real bad i haven't been sleeping good & been under a lot of stress?

The stress & poor : Sleep could be contributing to discomfort. You may have tension in your neck & head muscles. One thing that you
can do to self-calm or reduce anxiety is deep breathing. Breath in slowly & deeply through nostrils. Fill you lungs with air & hold for a five count. Slowly exhale through open mouth. Don't focus on problems. Think only about your breathing. Repeat x 12 or until you are calmer. I >. ...Read more

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I sleep on my back all the time.Any other pose makes me uncomfortable. Is it good or bad sleeping on back?Which sleeping pose you advice?

I sleep on my back all the time.Any other pose makes me uncomfortable. Is it good or bad sleeping on back?Which sleeping pose you advice?

Most comfortable: There is no "best" position for sleeping. But if you have snoring or sleep apnea, it will probably be worse when you are sleeping on your back. People with neck pain may have trouble when they sleep on their stomachs. The best position for people with lower back pain is to sleep on their backs with a pilliw under their knees. ...Read more

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Can't find a good position to sleep, good for the back and for the ribs?

Can't find a good position to sleep, good for the back and for the ribs?

Pain or no pain?: Try "memory foam" mattress. Try to separate any trivial discomfort from pain; if you have back pain, you will need a diagnosis before you treat it. ...Read more

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Do you damage your back bone and skull if you sleep directly on the floor?

Do you damage your back bone and skull if you sleep directly on the floor?

UNlikely: Are you comfortable on the floor? If so no worries if yes do not do it but in reality if there is a problem you would not be able to sleep or would be sore in the morning. ...Read more