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Dr. Brian Affleck Dr. Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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


Dr. Brian Affleck Dr. Affleck
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What does it mean to go on bed rest?

What does it mean to go on bed rest?

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 more

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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What can I expect when I am on bed rest?

What can I expect when I am on bed rest?

Just that: You want to limit yourself when it comes to major physical activities, so bed rest is bed rest. Try not to get bored, but you need to listen to the dr. And stay restful for you health and possibly the health of your baby if pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Caren Reaves Dr. Reaves
Obstetrics & Gynecology
20 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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How will I know if I will have to go on bed rest?

How will I know if I will have to go on bed rest?

Bed rest is rare: The vast majority of pregnant women never need bed rest. Your doctor will discuss this with you if any complications develop that require bed rest, but there is really not a way to look ahead and predict. ...Read more

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Dr. Shawn Shahzeidi Dr. Shahzeidi
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
15 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Can bed rest cause pneumonia?

Can bed rest cause pneumonia?

Yes: If bed-ridden for a long time, secretions in the lung cannot be brushed out secondary to lack of enough diaphragm motility. Accumolated mucus could get infected and turn to pneumonia. Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Shapiro Dr. Shapiro
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can prolonged bed rest cause body to shut down eventually?

Can prolonged bed rest cause body to shut down eventually?

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

Dr. Thomas Benda Dr. Benda
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
30 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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What are good exercises to do after prolonged bed rest to get lightheadedness to subside?

What are good exercises to do after prolonged bed rest to get lightheadedness to subside?

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 more

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Dr. Roy Arnold Dr. Arnold
Internal Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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How long does it take for the lightheadedness to go away after months of prolong bed rest?

How long does it take for the lightheadedness to go away after months of prolong bed rest?

Up to a week: Astronauts experience the same issue after prolonged weightlessness. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Dr. Brian Nichol Dr. Nichol
Anesthesiology
26 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams Dr. Leaver-Williams
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
University of South Florida College of Medicine
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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?

Help most likely: It is not possible to catch up sleep or store it up for future however if you are mentally and physically exhausted it would be a good idea to take a day of rest and relaxation. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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

Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine Dr. Erskine
Holistic Medicine
28 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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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

Dr. Varun Verma Dr. Verma
Internal Medicine
9 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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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?

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

Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau Dr. Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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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?

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 more

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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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?

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?

Get checked: As it sounds, you are having weakness, dizziness? or issues just sitting up. I would suggest a full history and physical with your doctor so they can check your blood pressure, vital signs and give more input to why you would feel this way. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Nicholas Fogelson Dr. Fogelson
Gynecology
years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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What are the benefits of bed rest?

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 more

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Dr. Lesley Meister Dr. Meister
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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What complications are associated with bed rest?

Deep Vein Thrombosis: Pregnant women are more prone to forming blood clots in the deep veins of the leg and pelvis, especially with immobility associated with bedrest. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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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Dr. Terry Simpson Dr. Simpson
Surgery
31 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Can anyone suggest activities for someone on bed rest?

Can anyone suggest activities for someone on bed rest?

Depends: It depends on the reason for bed rest. For some they can do upper body and for others readinf. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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?

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?

Weeks: It will take weeks for you to recover since you are now deconditioned and likely have some loss in muscle mass. The recovery time depends on the individual and on how much efforts you put into rehab. ...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