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Why is restless sleep so common in pregnancy?

Why is restless sleep so common in pregnancy?

Cause not known: According to one study restless leg syndrome is seen in about 16% of pregnant women. It runs in families and if you already have it the chances of it getting worse are high during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it common to have sleep issues in pregnancy?

Is it common to have sleep issues in pregnancy?

Yes!: It is very common to have difficulty sleeping. Pregnancy is a really stressful time and that can make it hard to sleep. Later in pregnancy, your body makes a hormone that causes the joints to relax and pretty much any position is uncomfortable. Both add up to some problems for almost everyone. Feel free to nap if you can. ...Read more

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What causes restless sleep in pregnancy?

What causes restless sleep in pregnancy?

Multiple causes.: There are a number of changes in the body during pregnancy that can affect your comfort and lead to insomnia and restlessness. The increased Progesterone creates a persistent feeling of being short of breath. The increasing hormone levels can lead to nausea. The eventual presistent feeling of your baby moving inside can be disruptive to your ability to rest and relax, as can the enlarging uterus. ...Read more

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Is it common to have vibrant dreams in pregnancy?

Is it common to have vibrant dreams in pregnancy?

Yes: There are many theories. Aside from hormonal fluctuations, there are sleep cycle interruptions as well as sleep position changes that all can have an impact. ...Read more

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In children, is apnea something that would happen all night long? Or just during specific sleep cycles?

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In children, is apnea something that would happen all night long? Or just during specific sleep cycles?

Apnea is: the cessation of breathing (for 20 seconds or more according to most current guidelines). If true apnea occurs it will often be associated with cyanosis (blue discoloration of skin). This is not normal and should prompt immediate medical attention. Some newborns/infants will have brief breathing pauses ( ...Read more

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What hours are rem sleep...and is this the most important sleeping period for good rest?

What hours are rem sleep...and is this the most important sleeping period for good rest?

REM sleep: typically occurs 2 1/2 to 3 hours into sleep and then will occur one or two more times depending upon how long one is able to sleep. As sleep progresses the direction of RAM sleep increases in time from 30 seconds or a bit more as sleep progresses. If one is sleep deprived RAM sleep May occur at sleep onset. RAM sleep is important for memory consolidation and resolving unresolved conflicts.RAM sleep and deep sleep are the two most important phases of sleep from the standpoint of good health. ...Read more

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Why is it that you think terrors occur during sleep paralysis?

Why is it that you think terrors occur during sleep paralysis?

Bisectional: Your mind/body is only partially awake and that is why it reads terrors. Your conscious part is trying to call for action, for example, to move yourself out of the bed, but unfortunately, your leg muscles controlled by the unconscious part of your brain would not follow the call. You undoubtedly felt your legs are bound/confined etc. ...Read more

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IS VOMITING IMPORTANT IN PREGNANCY? IS TRUE THAT WOMEN WHO HAVO NO MORNING SICKNESS ARE MORE LIKELY TO MISCARRY?

IS VOMITING IMPORTANT IN PREGNANCY? IS TRUE THAT WOMEN WHO HAVO NO MORNING SICKNESS ARE MORE LIKELY TO MISCARRY?

NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT.: Some women has vomiting in pregnancy and some do not. Others have vomiting so severe it may require hospitalization and feeding through an iv line. It's a spectrum between no symptoms to very severe symptoms. Women without symptoms are no more likely to miscarry than those with symptoms. Matter of fact, those with severe symptoms may be more likely to miscarry from complications than those without ...Read more

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Is it common to have trouble concentrating during pregnancy?

Is it common to have trouble concentrating during pregnancy?

Could be : Pregnancy can be stressful , specially if u r very young , has limited resources and no support system. ...Read more

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Are there any short acting anti-histamines? (i often have insomnia in the early morning when it is too late to take a unisom.)

Are there any short acting anti-histamines?  (i often have insomnia in the early morning when it is too late to take a unisom.)

Yes: Sounds like you are looking for an antihistamine for its sedative effects. Diphenhydramine is marketed as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for treatment of hives and allergic rhinitis and sominex for insomnia. The dose is the same 25-50 mg for adults. Diphenhydramine begins to work in 30 minutes. Its effects last about 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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Why is there often hypertension in pregnancy?

Why is there often hypertension in pregnancy?

Fluid changes: During pregnancy there are great increases in the the volume of blood and other fluids in the body along with the increased weight. Dilitation of the blood vessels, at least in part due to the tremendous surge in hormones, allows the body to accomodate this increased volume without an increased pressure. In some woman this dilitation is not enough, vasoconstiction occurs and pressure rises. ...Read more

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Is it common for one to have bad breath while sleep deprived?

Is it common for one to have bad breath while sleep deprived?

Yes If Dehydrated: When you are sleep deprived, you throw your whole system off. If you are not eating properly & not taking in enough water, the bacteria in the mouth will have a field day and produce bad breath. ...Read more

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What could be the reason why you wake up too early in the morning? Not enough internal melatonin?

What could be the reason why you wake up too early in the morning? Not enough internal melatonin?

Depression, diabetes: Well, if you are just lying there it's likely depression and/or anxiety. If you wake up a lot to empty your bladder think diabetes or sleep apnea. If you are coughing you probably have asthma. When my wife was 34 she woke up a lot because the baby was crying. I slept right through that. ...Read more

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What is the reason we always see shadows and scary things in sleep paralysis?

What is the reason we always see shadows and scary things in sleep paralysis?

Sleep Paralysis: Sleep paralysis happens in rem sleep, rem sleep is responsible for nightmares, vivid dreams etc., blink your eyelids if you wake up in sleep paralysis and you will snap out of rem sleep. ...Read more

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Is body surges normal during the night if your in perimenopause? What causes these?They keep me awake,cant sleep.

Is body surges normal during the night if your in perimenopause? What causes these?They keep me awake,cant sleep.

You will have: to provide more information as to what a "surge" is. There can be various changes in your body's regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, etc. with perimenopause as estrogen levels fall. Discuss w/your doctor. ...Read more

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It is common to experience itchy feet when pregnant due to hormonal changes - wife is 27 wk, but what causes the itching to be worse in bed at night?

It is common to experience itchy feet when pregnant due to hormonal changes - wife is 27 wk,  but what causes the itching to be worse in bed at night?

Yes: After climbing into bed, the skin warms gradually, and the sweat glands become somewhat more active, just enough to cause itching of dry skin, which is more common on the feet and also pregnant women. ...Read more

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What common sleep disturbances to women experience in pregnancy?

What common sleep disturbances to women experience in pregnancy?

Lots of issues: Pregnancy can can lead to insomnia, sleepiness, restless legs syndrome and even sleep apnea. Many sleep disturbances are in the later part of the pregnancy. Treatment is possible but limited. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome common during the day too or only at night?

Is restless leg syndrome common during the day too or only at night?

Not common: RLS/WED is not common during the day. It can happen during the day but there is a night requirement of worsening symptoms. Typically the early morning hours are symptom free and those that get symptoms during the day will begin more midmorning or afternoon. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Restless (Tossing And Turning) Sleep (Definition)

Restless sleep is a symptom in which a person does not sleep soundly. He may wake up several times an hour due to breathing obstructions, snoring, restless legs syndrome, anxiety, depression, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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