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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Bed rest: Bed rest simply means that the only thing you do is stay in bed. Sometimes your provider will allow you to get up and go to the bathroom, but sometimes not. The order for bed rest is given when a persons medical condition is likely to worsen by being up and around. We try not to do bed rest very often, but it is a necessary part of some patients care. This is most common in obstetrics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but major things: Prolonged bed rest can result in atrophy of muscles and in contractures where joints can be moved only with difficulty. This can occur in people with strokes who are not moved and exercised. Bedsores can also occur. If that person is fed the whole body will not shut down, but prolonged bed rest requires much support to keep muscles, bones, skin and lungs working well. ...Read more
Slowly get active: I would start by spending time sitting in a chair. If you tolerate that fine, start to walk. When you first stand hold onto something and wait 20 to 30 seconds to see that you are not lightheaded. Use a can if necessary. Start slow, pick an easy goal, and each day try to extend how far you go. Make sure you are well hydrated and eating healthy. You may need physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Up to a week: Astronauts experience the same issue after prolonged weightlessness. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
What's the best way to recover from long term bed rest ? How do I build mussle without hurting myself ?
Total exhusstion is from weeks of over working, finally caught up with body - would 1 day of total bed rest help or do more harm?
Bed rest for 2 months & just now starting to sit up. How long should I try to sit up? Kind of hard sitting up feeling wobbly and tipsy lol.
2 months is a long: time to be at bedrest. Sitting in bed would be the best, so if you feel tipsy, you can fall back asleep.You don't want to decondition yourself by resting in bed too much. It will not build muscle or strength (energy).So, simple stretches in bed is best while lying. When sitting simple stretching exercises will build upper torso strength.Chair yoga is safe, and you can get CD.Start slow & build up! ...Read more
I have always been physically active. I got sick and was on bed rest for about 5 months not doing much activity. How long before im back in shape?
It depends: Glad you are feeling better and ready to regain your health! start with walking for 20 minutes daily. After two weeks, if you are doing well, then look into an app like gorilla for a tailored fitness program for you! talk to your doctor about any contraindications. ...Read more
Been in bed rest for a few months. And been standing up and walking for a few. The more I do this the better I will be right? It's not dangerous?
Maybe: Bed rest for a few months? You left out WHY you were on bed rest? I presume you saw a medical professional who advised it... In most cases walking etc("physical therapy") is absolutely advised for recovery from many things eg. post surgery to heart attack to acute infections. On the other hand - some conditions like brain hemorrhage, vitreous eye surgery, high risk birth may require extended rest ...Read more
Been in bed rest a few months been standing walkng a bit. How will my body get adjusted when I have to keep laying down cause still hard to sit up?
Details..: It is difficult to offer suggestions not knowing other details of what is going on in your case. Why are you on bed rest, what do you suffer of, etc? What is universally true is that prolonged bed rest can cause significant deconditioning but a good and well planned rehabilitation program can help you restore your functionality. One again, it all depends on what is your condition.F/u w/ your dr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Been on bed rest for few months & stood up & walked a few steps. But still having hard time sitting upright in bed. Will walking help me with that?
Unclear: Randomized trials to date have not shown bedrest to benefit women in terms of preterm delivery. Activity likely raises blood pressure in women with hypertension of pregnancy, though this is likely more of a downstream effect than an impact on the actual pathologic process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on the reason for bed rest. For some they can do upper body and for others readinf. ...Read more
How long does it take for the body to adjust and feel normal again after a month of bed rest with no activity at all?
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