Questions tagged [sleep]

Questions about sleep disorders, like circadian rhythm sleep disorders, or the general topic of sleep as it relates to health.

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How do scientists determine how much sleep a particular individual needs?

Is it determined the same way as "healthy" weight? Someone told me that for weight, they do it by measuring a large number of people and see who gets sick and who doesn't and correlate that weight. ...
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) - what level of respiratory dysregulation is involved and are respiratory stimulants relevant?

There are some people who when sleeping seem to power through obstructions to their breathing by breathing strongly such that they snore at a very loud volume. For people with obstructive sleep apnea ...
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Can someone die from not sleeping? [closed]

I know this sounds like a weird question, but is it possible for someone not sleeping to die? What are all the negative consequences of not sleeping for long periods of time? Do you have any tips for ...
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Does milk really affect sleep? [closed]

I'm a night owl and an early bird kind of person. Meaning I tend to have difficulties in waking up, but stay up late. My eyes being very hard to open, after about 4 hours of sleep. I just noticed that ...
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What is the mechanism by which paracetamol improves sleep?

45+ old male sleep maintenance issues for couple of years resolved by fixing the basics- blacked out room, avoiding alcohol and coffee having the biggest effect. Still even if I am able to sleep 8 ...
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Does bed type have an effect on sleep quality? [closed]

People naturally have varied preferences for bed firmness / angle / temperature, but is there any evidence that a soft bed improves sleep quality? Spending ~8 hrs a day on a soft cushion (instead of ...
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Why does adenosine processing require unconsciousness?

I've heard that one of the purposes of sleep is to process adenosine that builds up from metabolic processes, and it makes sense that the effect of adenosine as a neurotransmitter is to produce ...
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Best Sleep quality index: polysomnography (PSG) , The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) or

I am interested in sleep quality measuring and by seeing this paper: Towards Benchmarked Sleep Detection with Inertial Wrist-worn Sensing Units I have seen this part paper: So i like to know which ...
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Proper sleep quality index for compare with heart rate patterns

I LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT how to compare result of some detected patters in heart rate for sleep quality,for something like this work: Image-based sleep motion and Slope detection on Hammock, hill and ...
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One-sided nasal obstruction while lying normal?

Here's a question to which I've not been able to get clear answer to date, after researching widely online, and also consulting multiple doctors and ENTs: Is it normal, when lying in a horizontal ...
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Benefits of being relaxed after reading up on the morning [closed]

I want someone to help direct me to research (if there exists any) of the advantages both mental and physical of waking up in a relaxed manner. To contrast it we have scenario A where your alarm goes ...
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I got by on 2 hours of sleep today. How is that possible? [closed]

I usually sleep for 7-9 hours a day. Recently changed it from a day sleeping schedule (05:00 A. M. To 13.00 P. M.) to night one (24:00 midnight to 09:00 A. M.) Yesterday was Friday, Indian standard ...
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Sleeping during the day instead of sleeping at night [closed]

Is there any difference to ones health outcome if they wake up at night and go to sleep when the sun rises up? To be more specific, what will happen to a person if the sleep cycle is reversed?
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Does stress level goes down or up while sleeping?

Given we are in the same situations, same circumstances and a person is able to sleep fine without any issues. Are we more stressful at night while we are sleeping or during day when we are up in ...
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What is the effect of intermittent fasting on sleep, if any?

What is the effect of intermittent fasting on sleep, if any? The 2018 review {1} was quite inconclusive, except for REM sleep in the case of diurnal intermittent fasting: The impact of diurnal ...
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How much melatonin does the body produce naturally per day?

Melatonin supplements are readily available over-the-counter. However, the dosage is not regulated and there are supplements available in a wide variety of doses. Information on how much melatonin ...
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What is the medical term for paralysis while sleeping?

What is the medical term for the natural paralysis that occurs while a person is in REM sleep? I look it up online, but I only find sleep paralysis which is a misnomer as that actually happens when ...
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Is there a medical problem of too much REM sleep?

I understand that human sleep has a cycle of five stages that can repeat itself several times (depends on how long one sleeps); these are named based on the fifth stage occurring about each 90 minutes ...
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Is it harmful to the human body if we don't turn off the light completely while sleeping? [duplicate]

While sleeping, some people may leave the light on or dim it down, so that perhaps it is equal to a 35W or 20W regular light bulb. In this case, is it true that the pineal gland in our brain won't ...
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Does light pollution affect sleep quality while already asleep?

Many articles on the internet write about melatonin and its effects, making you tired. A lot of articles also point out how the use of devices before going to bed in modern days likely decrease ...
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Convention about using medical cannabis as sleep aid

As far as I have learned, Cannabis products made of the CBD-rich "Indica" species (or sub-species, depends on the botanical opinion), use to combat PTSD, and anxiety and for muscle relaxation in some ...
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Effect of high body fat on sleep and wakefulness?

I have read studies that physical exercise have a positive effect on sleep quality and wakefulness. Are there clear results about the effect of obesity/overweightness on sleep quality and wakefulness,...
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Is there any medical downside of using a knee pillow when sleeping?

Is there any medical downside of using a knee pillow when sleeping? I have read many webpages that only state the upsides of using knee pillows when sleeping (e.g., https://www.tuck.com/best-knee-...
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What is the effect of still feeling a movement after doing this movement during the day called and what causes it?

After a long day of sailing or a boat, or sitting in a car, or heavy sporting, et cetera, one might feel, while lying perfectly still in bed (or resting in another way), as if the body is still ...
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How much sleep do adults actually need?

The common consensus is that most adults should get 8 hours of sleep a night. However, sleep needs are highly variable, with some people needing more to function properly, and some gaining little ...
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Is it possible to fall asleep while swimming?

Perhaps, if one had been active for hours and goes for a swim during the night, would it be possible for the person to fall asleep or get really sleepy?
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How does sleep affect anesthesia? [closed]

Before surgery that requires anesthesia the patient is told stuff like don't eat. Some people cannot sleep well prior to surgery. Can having a full night or regular good sleep fair better for ...
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Earlier wake-up times in older people

Many studies led to the conclusion that the internal body clock period (circadian rhythm) is actually closer to 25 hours; that is, the clock was thought to drift toward a 25-hour day unless it is set ...
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Sleep apnea: Which is more reliable, a home sleep study or a lab sleep study?

After some research, I'm aware of two different types of sleep studies that are available to detect sleep apnea and determine its severity: In-home study Lab study Which type of study gathers more ...
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All nighter: steady sleep schedule or sleepping in

Staying up all night is harmful, but suppose you are in this situation what is the healthiest response. It is hard to find a scientific answer online on the healthiest response after staying awake all ...
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Which impacts one's sleep more - waking up towards the beginning of a sleep cycle, or the end?

Imagine someone wants to go to sleep at midnight and wake up at 7.30 am, so that they get an ideal five sleep cycles (7 1/2 hours). First scenario: they go to bed at 11.30 and fall asleep within 15 ...
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Is going to sleeping with socks beneficial or detrimental?

I've recently read this piece: Is sleeping with socks on good for you? from "MedicalNewsToday", and supposedly reviewed by a "PhD, RN". Having moved into a poorly-insulated apartment, and being ...
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Is daylight savings linked to heart attacks?

I was told this earlier today and a quick search produced the following Reuters report from 2014: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heart-daylightsaving/daylight-saving-time-linked-to-heart-attacks-...
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Can excessive Vitamin D cause insomnia or damage sleep patterns?

It seems its well known that low vitamin D can cause sleeping issues, one link: https://examine.com/nutrition/can-supplemental-vitamind-improve-sleep/ Therefore, I became curious and was wondering ...
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Tips to improve the sleep during the night

That I know, I don't have physical and psychological problems, but during the last year I slept pretty bad on purpose (playing, studying, etc ) and I feel that this has negatively affected me. Lately ...
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How to get rid of insomnia naturally?

I know that sleep is important, and on weeks, that I consistently get enough sleep I feel my best. The problem is sometimes I wake in the middle of the night and can not go back to sleep for hours. ...
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Does a computer screen work as a lightbox?

We often hear two related facts: That using a lightbox can help maintain one's circadian rhythm. That using a computer late a night can make it harder to sleep at night due to the blue light emitted ...
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How does poor sleep cause circles under one's eyes?

I've read that poor sleep causes circles under one's eyes. Also, I've read that they are caused by dehydration. Is it safe to assume that the way poor sleep causes the circles is by causing ...
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How to reduce fatigue after office? [closed]

I work 9-6 in a software company. There's not much physical movement in office. I experience fatigue on reaching home. What can I do on weekends and even weekdays so that I don't feel tired after ...
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Are afternoon naps healthy?

I live in a hostel and I observe that in weekends, some of my friends are very desperate for an outing or a day trip. But there are some exceptional ones who like to sleep after their lunch, and it ...
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Does Benadryl (=diphenhydramine) lead to tolerance? Can I use it to help with sleep?

I am an insomniac and all the sleep medications that I've been prescribed have eventually had no effect on me -- I built a tolerance to them. It's a dangerous thing because I don't want to take lots ...
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What is the physiological process that would cause one to void more than once in the morning?

I have observed that drinking a full glass of water prior to sleeping leads to urination in the morning, as would be expected. However, I have also observed that some people urinate more than once in ...
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Sleeping temperature when suffering from cold

I usually sleep at around 69°F(20.6°C). If the temperature is anything above 71°F(21.7°C), I find it very difficult to fall asleep with my body burning up and all. However, when I am suffering ...
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Effectiveness of blue light filters for preventing delayed and decreased melatonin secretion?

The iPhone offers a "night shift" feature. Research indicates that blue light exposure decreases melatonin secretion (e.g., Ferguson, Melton, Li, Park, & Tosini, 2008). To what extent do built-...
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What are clinically advised methods to improve nocturnal respiration other than CPAP?

Based on conventional medicine, what advice should a physician give a patient who experiences breathing difficulty during sleep that is not determined to require a CPAP machine and for which the root ...
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Why is it harder to get up when forced to wake up?

I only noticed this for quite a while now but never considered it much of a problem but I noted that when I'm forced awake (i.e. someone wakes me up) I feel significantly drowsier versus when I wake ...
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Sleep hygiene in a single-room living space

The principles of sleep hygiene in treating insomnia (one example) include addressing the cognitive links between the bedroom and wakefulness - advising that one leave the bed/bedroom if one can't ...
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Does caffeine have any distinct biological effects to adrenaline?

Adrenaline usually is a "panicking response" and should, as far as I understand it, supresses any feelings of tiredness. However, someone I know has agoraphobia, which when triggered releases a lot of ...
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Is there a long-term risk to sleeping in a hammock regularly?

There seems to be very little research on long-term health or spine drawbacks to sleeping in a hammock (anything besides individuals informal blog-type posts). Just one study about sleeping in a ...
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Why do we sleep? [closed]

I was reading many things about sleep. But I am very curious about knowing why do we sleep. Is it only for trashing out toxic materials or is it anything else?