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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 could cause the uncontrollable urge to laugh ever since I was a young child I often would have uncontrollable urge to laugh before falling completely asleep. The old I have gotten this still happens farely frequently but for the best few year I have

What could cause the uncontrollable urge to laugh ever since I was a young child I often would have uncontrollable urge to laugh before falling completely asleep. The old I have gotten this still happens farely frequently but for the best few year I have

There: There are several things that could do this. Severe stress could be manifest as uncontrollable urge to laugh. There are also some conditions such as types of seizures or tic conditions that could cause this. The most reasonable thing may be to consult your doctor or even a neurologist and discuss this, especially as it is worsening. There may be medications that can help you.

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Ok don't laugh but how do I wear a tampon? And can I wear it at night when I'm sleeping and all day etc? Is it better than pads? Never worn one

Ok don't laugh but how do I wear a tampon? And can I wear it at night when I'm sleeping and all day etc? Is it better than pads? Never worn one

Tampons are safe: Tampons are very safe when used correctly and often more convenient than pads. When learning how to insert a tampon, read through the guide that comes in the box. It is very helpful to put a hand mirror on the floor and stand over it, so you can actually see what you are doing. It is okay to wear tampons at night. Never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours without changing to a new one.

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Why does my 2 year old laugh in his sleep?

Why does my 2 year old laugh in his sleep?

Sleep in Children: Laughing in sleep, like talking and sleep walking is a stage the developing brain goes through from 2 till 5 years of age. Sometimes at this age there are also sleep terrors. We still have much to learn about how developmental neurobiology effects sleep and visa versa.

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My son will be 2 in June. When he gets really tired & is fighting sleep he gets the giggles. He also sometimes laughs in his sleep. Is this normal?

My son will be 2 in June. When he gets really tired & is fighting sleep he gets the giggles. He also sometimes laughs in his sleep. Is this normal?

Not unusual at all: The behavior you describe is not unusual or atypical for young toddlers. Some might get fussy when tired and others may get the giggles. It is also not unusual for young toddlers to occasionally laugh or whimper or talk in thier sleep as their dreaming and sleep patterns develop. Be well.

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It makes me want to scream & laugh and fall a lot. It's really annoying. What are some ways to "wakeup" my sleeping leg?

It makes me want to scream & laugh and fall a lot. It's really annoying. What are some ways to "wakeup" my sleeping leg?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.

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Got startled awake by loud laughing, wasn't asleep for maybe 5 minutes. I've heard arrythmias can cause this. Long qt, brugada? I'm scared to sleep.

Got startled awake by loud laughing, wasn't asleep for maybe 5 minutes. I've heard arrythmias can cause this. Long qt, brugada? I'm scared to sleep.

Anxiety disorder: Anxiety disorder symptoms are common, Brugada and long QT lots less. See your doctor and discuss this problem. If you need cardiac work up you can get it, if you need more effective anxiety therapy likewise.

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20 mo now laughing in her sleep. Has a history of seizure like activity. Is this something to worry about? She wakes about 5 times a night as well.

Yes.: See your pediatrician with these complaints as soon as possible. Seizure like activity is always worrisome, especially in children. Angelman syndrome is a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by severe intellectual and developmental disability, sleep disturbance, seizures, jerky movements (especially hand-flapping), frequent laughter or smiling, and usually a happy demeanor needs to be considered

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I am super afraid of needles and I have to have an iv to put me to sleep for surgery. What can I expect can they give me laughing gas while they do it?

I am super afraid of needles and I have to have an iv to put me to sleep for surgery. What can I expect can they give me laughing gas while they do it?

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) & clear cover: ~1 prior to planned IV likely=better option; greatly reduces local skin sensation; primary basis of discomfort. However, will need to plan & persistently request/insist on this in advance else rarely done or Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) on hand plus must be applied to planned IV location & kept in position for about an hour prior using a clear cover; Opsite or clear plastic like food wrap. Or: http://www. Cmedintl. Com

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Getting laughing gas for dental procedure and I am scared about the gas, will it put me right to sleep or make me feel high I don't like feeling spaced?

Getting laughing gas for dental procedure and I am scared about the gas, will it put me right to sleep or make me feel high I don't like feeling spaced?

See below: Nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation is a safe and effective technique when administered by trained personnel on carefully selected patients. It has both analgesia/anxiolysis effects (the gas works by elimination of pain and anxiety in a conscious patient). Nitrous oxide is absorbed rapidly, allowing for both rapid onset and recovery (about 2-3 minutes).

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Why do you have simultaneous dreams? My wife is waking me up mid-sleep, complaining I am laughing & calling out unfamiliar women's names. I wish. I recall working on machines when awoken. Insomnia.

Why do you have simultaneous dreams? My wife is waking me up mid-sleep, complaining I am laughing & calling out unfamiliar women's names. I wish. I recall working on machines when awoken. Insomnia.

Women and machines: Maybe your unconscious views women as machines to be worked on? I'm guessing that your wife feels otherwise. ;-) dreams can come from all kinds of places in us, and are sometimes related to things which have happened or conflicts we're dealing with. I've never heard anyone say they have 2 dreams at the same time, but surely multiple themes can be in the same dream.

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I want to know what is the difference between being put to sleep and laughing gas during a dental procedure?

I want to know what is the difference between being put to sleep and laughing gas during a dental procedure?

Laughing gas: Great question! Laughing gas is nitrous oxide which has a good safety profile at the concentrations used in dental offices. This means you are sedated, you will continue to breath, arouse to verbal stimulus, but generally be plenty relaxed for your procedure. General anesthesia is usually a combination of anesthetics which renders you unarousable and commonly a need to assist with breathing.

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My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

My 8 week old baby laughs sort of and sometimes twitches in REM sleep, is this normal?

Yes: Babies and adults often move and make noises during rem sleep. These movements and noises may be related to what we are dreaming.

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Need doctor help! Is laughing gas what they use to put you to sleep during surgery?

Need doctor help! Is laughing gas what they use to put you to sleep during surgery?

Nitrous Oxide: It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it, but it generally does not put the patient to sleep, although they may become so relaxed they can doze off.

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My mother has trouble breathing when she's sleeping. She sometimes faints when laughs and randomly gets sleepy.

My mother has trouble breathing when she's sleeping. She sometimes faints when laughs and randomly gets sleepy.

Mom needs to see doc: There is a neurological disorder called narcolepsy in which people fall asleep inappropriately, and experience sudden loss of mucle tone with emotional arousal such as hearty laughter. That may cause a falling to the ground, but not true fainting (loss of consciousness). Breathing trouble is not part of narcolepsy. Sleep apnea, more common in obese people, may cause excessive daytime somnolence.

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I act out my dreams while sleeping rather dramatically i.E. Taking clothes off, talking, laughing hysterically and wakemyself up in the process. Frequency ranges from once a night to ten times a night. Is it normal?

I act out my dreams while sleeping rather dramatically i.E. Taking clothes off, talking, laughing hysterically and wakemyself up in the process. Frequency ranges from once a night to ten times a night. Is it normal?

RBD vs parasomnia: You do need consultation with a neurologist who is also a sleep specialist. A test called psg is required also ask people to record you with a cell phone or handycam and show your doctor. There are conditions that are possible and some of them can have prognostic implications. Among other things I think about rem sleep behavior disorder and complex parasomnia. Lithium?

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Why does my toddler take deep breaths in her sleep?

Why does my toddler take deep breaths in her sleep?

Sleep and breathing: Every one has a different pattern of sleep cycle children do vary if he is not snoring or gasping or waking up he should be ok but if its that audible and you are worried will be a good idea to check with his peds to make sure does not have any breathing related issues adenoids etc if he is waking up fine and not grumpy and no midnight awakenings things should be ok but better to get a checkup.

Laughter (Definition)

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