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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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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 stay awake during the morning?

What can I do to stay awake during the morning?

Depends on the cause: Really depends on why you are having difficulty staying awake in the morning. If you are not getting enough time in bed, increase time in bed. If you have insomnia, it needs treatment. Similarly, if you have sleep apnea, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia or other sleep disoder, it would need diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I lack sleep these days and needed to stay awake throughout the day. What can I eat or do to make me awake?

I lack sleep these days and needed to stay awake throughout the day. What can I eat or do to make me awake?

Sleep Apnea: You may be suffering from obstructive apnea. If you have any episodes of choking, snoring, or have reflux this could be your problems. Headaches and slightly elevated blood pressure can also be a sign. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stay asleep and go to bed and wake up with plenty of rest?

Can you tell me how to stay asleep and go to bed and wake up with plenty of rest?

Insomnia: Good sleep hygiene is key. Try to avoid electronics, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, vigorous exercise, bright lights, ; large meals prior to bedtime. Regularize your sleep ; wake up times. Use the bed only for sleep. Manage stressors. Don't look at the alarm clock. Understanding why you have insomnia can be effective in treating it. A sleep medicine specialist can help with figuring that out. ...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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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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Besides drinking coffee, what can I do to stay awake during school?

Besides drinking coffee, what can I do to stay awake during school?

Get enough sleep!: Rather than consume caffeine to stay awake, get enough sleep whether it's 6hrs or 8hrs. Find out how much rest you need so that you don't need a nap the next day. Avoid heavy carbs at lunch. Exercise (even if only briefly) to avoid mid-afternoon lull. Sometimes a few jumping jacks, short walk, some pushups/chinups are all you need to get blood flowing. Stretch (discretely) & ask questions in class. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot fall asleep at night when ever i try to i over think and stress out and can't fall asleep for hours?

What to do if i cannot fall asleep at night when ever i try to i over think and stress out and can't fall asleep for hours?

Give yourself a : Set time each day that you are allowed to ruminate about issues and get stressed. You can train yourself to do this. Don't allow yourself to try to work out problems or fret anytime near bedtime. Use of breathing exercises ; deep muscle relaxation will also help. Take care. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain why can't i sleep fast and stay asleep? I lie awake for hours i need to sleep for my muscles to recover?

Can any doc explain why can't i sleep fast and stay asleep? I lie awake for hours i need to sleep for my muscles to recover?

You need: to have a talk with your PCP (Primary Care Physician) about SLEEP HYGIENE....eg having a quiet time prior to bedtime..going to bed at the same time each night...relaxing music etc etc plus (just a thought) are you exercising near your sleep time...NOT a good idea! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What might be the cause of involuntarily waking up before I get enough rest? How can I make sure I always sleep 8 hours?

What might be the cause of involuntarily waking up before I get enough rest? How can I make sure I always sleep 8 hours?

Many things: Poor sleep habits-Excessive noise, bright lights, temperature issues, urination issues if too much fluid intake at night-bladder may feel full and awaken you, poor eating habits, excessive caffeine intake, etc., etc. Improve your overall health and you will hopefully sleep like a baby! ...Read more

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Body clock out of synch. Go to bed wide awake and can't sleep. What can I do to make sure I'm tired and ready to sleep?

Body clock out of synch. Go to bed wide awake and can't sleep. What can I do to make sure I'm tired and ready to sleep?

Sleep hygiene: Make sure you have your room at not too warm or cold temperature, have comfortable clothes, have not just watched an active TV program, had stressful conversation. You should not be sleeping in the daytime and try to hold regular wake and sleep hours. Melatonin is often sold over the counter and can help send signal to your brain/body that it is time to sleep. ...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?

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 healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?

Ideas: When on a long trip of any sorts, breaking time up can be helpful. You may want to set timers and play games. Thinking like listening to audio book or podcast can help and changing focus (actually changing books after 30 minutes to 1 hour) can be helpful. Chewing gum/eating but don't want to add a ton of extra calories. The last recomm.--> stop and brisk walk for 5 min every ~60 miles. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout the day what do I take for restless leg syndrome not to fall asleep?

Can you tell me if throughout the day what do I take for restless leg syndrome not to fall asleep?

Restless leg syndrom: You have to make sure you are not iron deficient and have a normal kedney function. You will need a medication such as Mirapex or Requip (ropinirole) which should not be sedating. ...Read more

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Why can I not stay awake the whole day? What can I do to be more alert longer?

Why can I not stay awake the whole day? What can I do to be more alert longer?

Medical Evaluation: It would be important to have this medically evaluated. Small (limited) amounts of parsley can help to vitalize but it would not be a cure if you have narcolepsy, a sleep disorder or another condition which is causing you to fall asleep. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i could be completely relaxed all night long and then sleep well?

Can you tell me how i could be completely relaxed all night long and then sleep well?

Sleep hygiene.: For effective and high quality sleep, go to bed at the same time every night, awaken at the same time every morning, don't nap during the day, use the bed for sleeping (not eating, TV watching, reading, etc), if you awaken during the night, stay in bed until your determined awakening time. ...Read more

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Having problems sleeping unable to sleep well n constantly wake up during the night. I can't take milk what else can I do to help me?

Having problems sleeping unable to sleep well n constantly wake up during the night. I can't take milk what else can I do to help me?

Stop caffeine : One of the major causes of sleep problems is caffeine intake. Caffeine 1/2 life is 6 hours it means that even after 24 hour there caffeine in your body. There is Caffeine and similar components in coffee, tea, dark chocolates and many other products, including "natural products" and vitamins. You can also take Melatonin 3 to 5 mg 2 hours before going to sleep to help your sleep architecture. ...Read more