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What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep? How is it treated?

What does it mean when a child has "paradoxical breathing" during sleep?  How is it treated?

Chest IN & tummy OUT: In normal young children, both the chest and tummy expand when breathing in. With paradoxical breathing, the tummy expands when breathing in, but the chest gets sucked inward (downward). Paradoxical breathing can be normal in babies & toddlers because their chest cages are still "soft". After age 2-3 years, normal toddlers (without airway restriction) usually don't have paradoxical breathing. ...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


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Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

Can taking Benadryl actually cause runny nose? Could it cause a paradoxical reaction? I have been taking for year for sleep along with antipsychotics.

? the antipsychotics: rather than the benadryl, you didn't mention which one(s) you are on, be careful, drug-drug interaction is prominent with anti-psychotics, ask your doctor to revise all the medicines you are on, and avoid the dangerous combinations, good luck ...Read more

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I'm wondering what does it mean to chomp in your sleep?

I'm wondering what does it mean to chomp in your sleep?

Bruxism/grinding: Someone may grind their teeth for a number of reasons. Often, the problem occurs because the muscles of the face and jaw are trying to get the teeth in a comfortable position. The muscles may be in spasm, you may have a tmj/tmd problem, stress, infection. Best to see a dentist asap. Often thew cause is difficult to determine, so may have to treat the symptoms with a mouthpiece. ...Read more

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Whst it mean when you sleep alot?

Whst it mean when you sleep alot?

Sleeping more than 8: To 10 hours a day! being lazy or it could be related to medical health issues. If this is the case , you need to be evaluated by your physician and get treated early for better prognosis and healthy living. ...Read more

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Why is it that i sleep walk and what does this mean ?

Why is it that i sleep walk and what does this mean ?

Sleep test: All of your symptoms may indicated sleep problems that can be life shortening or life threatening. The only way to know if there are serious problems is with an overnight sleep test. I encourage you to seek help. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you fall into a deep sleep?

What exactly does it mean when you fall into a deep sleep?

Sleep stages: There are historically 5 stages of sleep. Stage 1 and 2 being light and the rest being deeper. What it means is that sleep being unconscious, your depth of unconsciousness is deeper. So theoretically it may take more to wake you up. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your heartbrate is 39 while you sleep?

What does it mean when your heartbrate is 39 while you sleep?

Sleep Bradycardia: It is not unusual to see a heart rate in the thirties during sleep. This is likely a normal finding, unless you have other symptoms while awake (such as dizziness, lightheadednesss, or passing out) or other disease states, like sleep apnea. In either case, your physician can help you determine if there are any other concerns. ...Read more

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How can two sleep studies be completely different? What does it mean?

How can two sleep studies be completely different? What does it mean?

Polysomnogram: Was there a period of time between the studies? Weight gain or loss can make a difference. Medications that you take can also impact your sleep. Different factors can contribute to changes in the sleep study findings. ...Read more

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What does it mean when im sick and tired all day and get 8 hrs of sleep?

What does it mean when   im sick and tired all day and get 8 hrs of sleep?

Many possibilities.: There are innumerable medical, nutritional and emotional conditions that include being tired as a symptom. These range from simple issues to those far more complex. A good checkup and blood testing would be a good starting point. ...Read more

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