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What can I do to enhance my sleep while on bed rest?

What can I do to enhance my sleep while on bed rest?

Bed Rest: The best quality of sleep is consolidated, which means in large chunks if time. Patients on bed rest tend to take short naps. Then they often suffer insomnia at night because they've had enough napping during the day that they really aren't tired. So, avoid daytime naps. Keep your mind occupied and active during the day...Read a book, play a game, work on a puzzle, write letters or journal. ...Read more

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Strict Bed Rest (Definition)

For some women, the doctor recommends total or partial bed rest during their pregnancy. They may be at high risk for preterm labor or other complications, requiring them to reduce their activity level, stay away from stressful situations, and keep the baby inside as long as possible. If your health care provider orders a dose of bed rest for you - whether it's for one day or for the duration of your pregnancy - you might try these coping strategies to help accept the restrictions ...Read more


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What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.

Lots : Lots of people have problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or both. In many cases, poor sleep is caused by bad sleep habits. The good news is that bad sleep habits can be fixed by good sleep hygiene. The even better news is that good sleep hygiene doesn't cost much, and unlike some pills, won't leave people feeling groggy in the morning. Here are some basic sleep hygiene tips: it is best to wake up at about the same time, and to go to sleep at about the same time, 7 days a week. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods in the hours before bedtime. Have a consistent, relaxing bedtime routine. A warm bath, a good book, listening to relaxing music, stretching exercises, or watching a low-key television show are good options before bedtime. Use the bed and bedroom for sleep, not for studying, television, telephone, hobbies, or surfing the internet. Make the bedroom comfortable, quiet, and dark. In the morning, get exposure to bright light. The morning is also a good time to get physical exercise, which boosts energy during the day. Avoid napping. Many medications can interfere with sleep or can make people drowsy during the day. A talk with a doctor can sort these problems out. Signs of a severe sleeping problem include falling asleep at work, at school, during conversations, during meals, or while driving. People with severe sleeping problems need to see their doctor right away. Even people with mild sleeping problems can be drowsy during the day. Never drive when drowsy or sleepy, and if sleepiness occurs while driving, pull over and take a nap. ...Read more

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I am too dependent on things to help me sleep. What can I do to sleep naturally again?

I am too dependent on things to help me sleep. What can I do to sleep naturally again?

See sleep specialist: Lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health and well being. I would suggest seeing a sleep specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Will I be on bed rest? Will I need to do anything special while pregnant? What are the do's and donts?

Will I be on bed rest? Will I need to do anything special while pregnant? What are the do's and donts?

Being pregnant: Congratulations on your pregnancy. This app is not designed to give you a whole book length answer. You need a prenatal guidebook. Most OBs recommend having at lead one to read during pregnancy. Here we can answer a short specific question in a few characters. Go get a good book on pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can I do to stay entertained during bed rest?

What can I do to stay entertained during bed rest?

Healthtap :): I always recommend patients on bedrest have a laptop to help pass the time. Now i encourage patients to use healthtap as an education tool to help learn about their pregnancy. Having family visit, reading books and watching some favorite tv shows help too. ...Read more

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I don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?

I don't like sleeping, how many hours can I reduce my sleep to when I do go to sleep and how many hours can I stay awake?

At least 6 hours: Ideally you should be sleeping for 8 hours straight on a regular basis. Less than 6 hours of sleep is associated with risk of cardiovascular morbidity. ...Read more

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What can sleep depravation cause? I work overnight and take care of my kids during the day. I do not sleep

What can sleep depravation cause? I work overnight and take care of my kids during the day. I do not sleep

Declining performanc: Sleep deprivation eventually takes its tole on performance.Danger behind the wheel of a car, susceptibility to illness, sleep walking are a few issues. Get what you can or trouble will come. ...Read more

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How do I prevent my infant from self-turning to sleep on it side?

Back is best: The back to sleep campaign that started in the 90's brought a 40% drop in crib death rates in the us.After initial resistance, most have come to understand it's value. Thankfully, the most vulnerable period has passed when kids can roll and turn over. Positioners, wedges and other items offered to stop this are unreliable.Infants should be on a firm mattress with no pillows, blankets or bumpers. ...Read more

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I keep waking up every 60 minutes for no reason and i find it hard to fall asleep. i will lay in bed for hours trying. what can i do to sleep better?

I keep waking up every 60 minutes for no reason and i find it hard to fall asleep. i will lay in bed for hours trying. what can i do to sleep better?

Insomnia: Many conditions can cause insomnia. Some of them such as sleep apnea is a serious condition, associated with stopping breathing during sleep which can lead to daytime somnolence, palpitations and congestive heart failure. It is important to determine cause before treating insomnia. Sleep hygiene is helpful. Do not watch TV or read a book or pay bills in your bedroom. ...Read more

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How Can I improve my sleep. I tend to Lay awake at night and think of all negative thoughts.

How Can I improve my sleep. I tend to Lay awake at night and think of all negative thoughts.

Sleep Hygiene & CBT: Trouble falling asleep is common. A recent review by the Agency for Health Policy Research ( health think tank) reported that the most effective treatments over time , with the least side effects were sleep hygiene ( ex; developing good sleep habits) and cognitive behavior therapy which has a specific focus on negative thought patterns and distortions. Medications if added should be temporary ...Read more

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What can I use to remove the dark marks from under my eyes? What can I take to sleep at night because my body lack of sleep (stress)?

What can I use to remove the dark marks from under my eyes? What can I take to sleep at night because my body lack of sleep (stress)?

Clinque & Melatonin: There is a great product available from Clinque called "Even better eyes" that really works to remove the dark circles under your eyes. If you want to try something OTC for sleep, I suggest Melatonin, which is an herbal supplement that works well for some people. You should also practice relaxation exercises. If that doesn't work, you may need prescription medication for sleep. ...Read more

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How to stop pins and needles in my arms and hands while i sleep. Can`t sleep toss and turn to try to make it stop nothing works?

How to stop pins and needles in my arms and hands while i sleep. Can`t sleep toss and turn to try to make it stop nothing works?

Splint: You may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Rest, night splint, vitamin b6 100mg / day, over the counter anti-inflammatory meds and ergonomic changes to work space. If that fails then cortisone injection and surgery (endoscopic). See a hand surgeon for treatment. http://centraljerseyhand.com. ...Read more

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I am too sleepy every time I want to be in bed what can I do to reduce my sleeping?

I am too sleepy every time I want to be in bed what can I do to reduce my sleeping?

Sleep disorder: Worthwhile to investigate whether you have a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or sleep apnea, but you may be having reaction to medication, possible anemia, or thyroid disorder. Easy to sort out. Have your physician get involved. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop snoring and allow my wife to sleep?

What can I do to stop snoring and allow my wife to sleep?

Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your snoring. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more

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I take endep10 for my weak bladder before bed and for sleep. It makes me sleep through the day :( how can I prevent this?

I take endep10 for my weak bladder before bed and for sleep. It makes me sleep through the day :( how can I prevent this?

Ended sedation: Talk to your doctor about lowering the dose. I see you have anxiety and depression listed as other diagnoses. Many antidepressants will raise the blood level of endep (amitriptyline). Also, you are on an antihistamine. It is the antihistaminic effect of endep (amitriptyline) that makes it sedating. Make sure you are on the least sedating antihistamine your doctor can recommend. Doing this will also decrease you risk of weight ^. ...Read more

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What can I do to clear my mind and fall asleep faster and not wake up?

What can I do to clear my mind and fall asleep faster and not wake up?

Helpful tip: One thing I have many of my patients due to not specifically clear their mind but put a routine thing in there. The sentence I use is "no ifs, ands, or buts." when you turn off your lights to sleep, you turn on your sentence. It helps block or have you focus on new/unwanted thoughts occurring that prevent sleep. You can use the same thing if you do wake up at night. ...Read more

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Is it bad to sleep on ur back.. I'm 26 weeks and it's the only way I can get comfy, and I seem to wake in my back even if I fall asleep on my side..

Is it bad to sleep on ur back.. I'm 26 weeks and it's the only way I can get comfy, and I seem to wake in my back even if I fall asleep on my side..

Try tilting: OBs don't recommend sleeping on your back because your 3rd trimester uterus can compress the large veins returning to the heart. However, do not panic if you find yourself waking up on your back. To minimize the amount of time flat on your back, try putting a pillow or rolled up towel behind your back on one side, so you're slightly tilted. Even a slight tilt is sufficient to displace the uterus. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my legs fell asleep while sitting down and what can I do to wake them up?

Could you tell me why my legs fell asleep while sitting down and what can I do to wake them up?

Paresthesia: An extremity may have a prickly, tingling or numb sensation when pressure is placed against a nerve – thus compressing it. Ambulate or change position. ...Read more

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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