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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 health tips should I follow when traveling internationally? Diet? Sleep? Supplements? Vaccinations?

What health tips should I follow when traveling internationally? Diet? Sleep? Supplements? Vaccinations?

Travel advice: Advice depends a lot of what country you are traveling to. The cdc has some great information for travelers on what shots they should get before you travel, what to bring, etc. Their web address is cdc. Gov/travel. You should also make sure that if you take medications regularly that you have more then enough to get you through the trip. ...Read more

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What can cause light period for couple months with recent lifestyle changes: lower fat diet/no sound sleep/traveling/stress/eating at diff time - bad?

What can cause light period for couple months with recent lifestyle changes: lower fat diet/no sound sleep/traveling/stress/eating at diff time - bad?

Anxiety: Emotional stress, no sound sleep/traveling/ /eating at diff time and not balanced Diet, and exhaustion can cause light period.
Use of Caffeine, Alcohol, Smoking, and lack of exercise can contribute to light period.
Recent lifestyle changes are causing Anxiety.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Y and Visual Imagery.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for Anxiety, coping skills for stress. ...Read more

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Tooth aches on multiple teeth sometimes gives me head aches and trouble sleeping traveling atm so can see a dentist can I wait 2weeks without beingbad?

Tooth aches on multiple teeth sometimes gives me head aches and trouble sleeping traveling atm so can see a dentist can I wait 2weeks without beingbad?

Maybe, maybe not: Can you call your dentist and tell them your situation? I am sure they would be willing to start you on a prescription of antibiotics that would probably make it so you could make it through your travels without any worsening problems. Then you could do something definitive when you were back. ...Read more

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I can hardly sleep well. I want to have a deep and comfortable sleep. I travel a lot.

I can hardly sleep well. I want to have a deep and comfortable sleep. I travel a lot.

Sleep Hygiene: Shutting down the brain at night is easy for some, but difficult for others. Try meditation or progressive muscle relaxation before bed. I recommend a 20 minute guided pmr--many are found on itunes, such as 1 by dr. Beth Salcedo. In addition, there are many books out there about how to have good "sleep hygiene"--the art of getting good rest. Develop a preparation-for-sleep "ritual" & use wherever u are! ...Read more

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Is it possible for traveling to ruin your sleeping patterns?

Is it possible for traveling to ruin your sleeping patterns?

Yes: Traveling across time zones can cause disruption. Regular travel can as well if it alters your normal routines and patterns. Try to be as consistent as possible with your bedtime and your rise time while traveling. If you are traveling through time zones, stick to your bedtime based on where you are, not what time it is at home. ...Read more

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How can I change my sleeping pattern? Travel every week from coast to coast..

How can I change my sleeping pattern? Travel every week from coast to coast..

Challenging: Your job requires you to adjust frequently to different light patterns and you simply can't do that easily. Early morning light where you are is important, limit alcohol intake and try to get on the schedule of where you are quickly will help. A medication called rozerem (ramelteon) is effective at resetting your internal clock more quickly, but requires a prescription and instructions on how to use it. ...Read more

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I am 23yrs old. Today ifirst time I experienced high b.P 155/90. My lifestyle is healthy. No smoke. Rare drinking. Bt alittle more sleep. What's the cause?

I am 23yrs old. Today ifirst time I experienced high b.P 155/90. My lifestyle is healthy. No smoke. Rare drinking. Bt alittle more sleep. What's the cause?

High blood pressure: The doctors white coat may have caused your increase in blood pressure. However, have your doctor check your urine, your eye grounds and get an ultra sound of your kidneys to rule out possible cause. If you are taking medications or otc products inform your doctor. ...Read more

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I can't sleep?

I can't sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Use good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillow. ...Read more

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Why can't I sleep?

Why can't I sleep?

Sensitive marker: Sleep is a sensitive marker of many diseases. If there is a big, sudden change in your sleep habits, it is important to let your doctor know. Be careful with taking sleep-inducing drugs to cover up the insomnia. This should only be done after eliminating serious causes of insomnia. It is much better to use insomnia to reach early diagnosis of an underlying medical / psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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Best way to sleep?

Best way to sleep?

Comfortable one: People sleep in many positions, back, abdomen and side. With proper support of the neck, legs and back most any position is best. Some would prefer you not sleep on the abdomen due to the greater rotation of the cervical spine. Pillows are very improtant. Those that support the neck, lower back, between the legs help maintain normal curvature and posture. Sleep on it and find out best for you. ...Read more

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I sleep too often?

I sleep too often?

Normal variation: There is a great deal of variation in the amount of sleep individuals require, including variation by age. If you are able to sleep through the night and wake up feeling rested, sleeping more than you feel is normal may not be a problem. If you are not able to get enough sleep, or feel tired throughout the day, consult a physician as you may not be sleeping well during the night. ...Read more

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Cnt sleep properly?

Cnt sleep properly?

Agree w Dr. Ross: 1. Keep regular bed & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine like a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room on 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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Sleep tips for baby?

Sleep tips for baby?

Drowsy but awake: Self soothing is a valuable skill that babies learn as newborns, when parents put them down drowsy but awake. When we hold babies until asleep, they associate parent's heartbeat, voice, rocking with sleep. Without those cues they can't fall asleep. Started as newborns, most babies learn to put themselves to sleep in 5-10", older children take longer to learn to self soothe-up to 60". ...Read more

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Best time for sleep?

Best time for sleep?

It depends: On u activity and what u need to do, but sleep hygiene is important. Which mean be consistent when u go to sleep and when u wake up in the morning. ...Read more

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Is to much sleep bad?

Is to much sleep bad?

Sleep: Most studies show sleep requirement is between 6 to 8 hours, more or less causes morbidity or mortality
as long as you average this amount and feel refreshed you should be fine. ...Read more

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Why do we need sleep?

Why do we need sleep?

Not understood: All mammals seem to require sleep. It seems to be necessary for the brain to produce chemical alterations needed for basic brain function but no one knows for sure. It clearly is essential and unavoidable. There is a significant amount of research being done on this issue. ...Read more

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Why I sleep too much?

Why I sleep too much?

Sleepiness: Please do a sleep study to rule sleep apnea or sleep related disorders
also rule out depresssion also
rule out medical causes as well. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night?

I can't sleep at night?

Sleep hygiene: Getting up at same time every day, 7 days per week, regular exercise but not right before bed, and going to sleep at the same time every night. If you aren't using stimulants and this doesn't help, see your doctor for a work up of the problem. ...Read more