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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What should be the position of feet while sleeping?

I recently came across this post as I suffer from similar knee pain while hiking downhill or on a run. Also be certain you aren't battling other imbalances of the hips and legs. When you lay ...
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Does taking melatonin cause a reduction in the amount of melatonin the brain produces?

I take melatonin fairly frequently, but I have noticed that it does not work as well as it once did. I am wondering if by taking melatonin, the brain reduces its natural production of melatonin.
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What is the effect of diet on sleep allowances?

This website http://www.theminimalists.com/diet/ claims that "...because of diet and exercise, I need less sleep than I used to. Most mornings I wake around 3:30 a.m., after five or six hours of sleep"...
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Ways to lessen or prevent episodes of sleep walking

I am currently on medication to dampen my sleep walking. The medication is amitriptilyne, but lately it seems to be having no effect. For the past few weeks I have been getting up at around 3am for ...
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Does sleeping on one side affect cognitive development?

I have been sleeping mainly on my right side for as long as I can remember. I am wondering whether this could have had any effect on my cognitive development? I can image that gravity pulling down ...
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Is it possible for a healthy person to drown in their sleep without waking up?

In reading about the horrific Battle of Passchendaele during World War One, I came across an anecdotal account of a British officer sheltering in a shell hole in a rain storm. The narrator claims that ...
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Sleep issues when sleeping on back

I've always liked to sleep over my tummy. Now i'm 24 and recently noticed whenever i try to sleep properly on my back at night i feel very stressed the next day, partial sleeps, rolling on bed(even ...
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Normal life with heavy weights?

On an animated TV show (dragon ball Z) characters would have clothes which seamed 3 times their own weight. Gradually building up could one be able to carry evenly across there body 3 times there ...
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Are there any significant benefits to loud alarms in the ICU?

I read that the loud alarms in the ICU have a deleterious effect on patients' outcomes. Are there any significant benefits to these loud alarms? Otherwise, shouldn't they use some more discrete alarms(...
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Dehydration after a nights sleep

After a nights sleep I wake up with a headache which is slightly relieve after a drinking water although I still feel tired and fuzzy headed for the rest of the day. The headaches started to occur ...
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Is there any harm in taking a melatonin supplement every night?

I noticed that a bottle of melatonin supplement is labelled "For Occasional Sleeplessness". The use of the word "Occasional" surprised me. Is there any harm in an adult taking a melatonin supplement ...
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Why do people snore?

I am 33 years old, and I have been told by my parents and my wife that I snore. My question is - what is the reason for snoring? Is it a symptom of bad health?
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Does lifting legs up before going to bed really reduce nocturia?

Is this an urban myth, or is there a known association between lifting legs before going to sleep, and a reduction in the number of bathroom trips during the night? If so, what is the best time and ...
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Should I sleep with my bra on?

I have always slept with my bra on. This summer is particularly hot and the sweating makes me feel uncomfortable. I was considering sleeping without a bra. All the below sentences are quoted directly ...
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What are the long-term side effects of melatonin?

What are the long-term side effects of taking melatonin as an oral supplement? The couple of articles I have read are inconclusive: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/11/what-is-melatonin-...
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Can one's body temperature affect the quality of his/her sleep?

If so, how does it influence our sleep? And what can we do to improve the quality of sleep in regards to adjusting our body temperature?
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Melatonin to reduce the amount of sleep

I noticed that after taking 1mg melatonin I tend to wake up earlier. Is melatonin a reliable and safe way to reduce the amount of sleep you need? What's a good dose? I am a long sleeper, without any ...
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Can nasal congestion cause fatigue..?

I have had nasal blockage for 10+ years. One nasal would be completely blocked up and the other open and vise versa. It's not allergies, cold/flu as I've tried any and all medications. Recently it has ...
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Possible harms of white noise [closed]

I am having problems sleeping because of loud neighbours. There isn't a diplomatic way to solve this. So I went looking for ways to make sleeping easier with noise, and I came across this answer in ...
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What are some potential causes of idiopathic hypersomnia?

I have been using Google scholar to try to find information about idiopathic hypersomnia. I am struck by the fact that no papers even attempt to provide a pathology (or possible pathologies). Clearly, ...
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Vitamin C supplements before bed

So I heard that it is not recommended to take the vitamin C supplements before going to bed at night. Is that true, if so why?
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How does sleeping chest-side down hurt the spine?

I do not know the correct English term for the position, so I will just refer it to as "chest-side down". The following CNN page seem to call it the "stomach position", and they ...
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What should I eat before going to bed so that I don't wake up of being hungry?

What should I eat before going to bed so that I don't wake up of being hungry? Protein? Low GI carbs? Fat? How much? Which of these will stay in my stomach for 9 hours during the night? I am on ...
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How can I evaluate my sleeping habits based on a Fitbit Charge HR (or similar)?

The Fitbit Charge HR allows one to track their sleep by continuously monitoring motion and heart rate. It uses algorithms to infer when its user falls asleep and when they wake. The next morning, ...
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Covering head while sleeping?

I cover my head with covers while sleeping. I find difficult to sleep without doing it, I feel like there is not enought dark (thought all lighs are turned off and it's really dark) and I simply ...
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What can reduce physical symptoms of mental exhaustion, when you cannot remove the root cause?

If a person decides to work a mentally demanding job, giving their all to it, and makes themselves exhausted every day, what can they do to prevent/alleviate the feelings of exhaustion which plague ...
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Teenagers sleeping patterns and parents actions (force or let-go)

My daughter (15 years old) is very active and full of energy until she hits the sac. After five minutes she's out. This represents the perfect behaviour for bedtime process. But, she does this at 1:00 ...
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Is it possible to maintain my health during irregular sleeping patterns?

I'm 23 years old lanky guy, and my health is below average. I believe it's also wise to mention that I currently have Tuberculosis in my lymph nodes around the neck area, for which I'm taking my ...
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Am I really sleeping if I wake up with lingering memory of my dream many times into the night?

I suffer insomnia sometimes. When that happens, I would lie on my bed and find that my mind is active. As hours go on, I would seem like falling into dreams, only to wake up later. The process of ...
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How important foam mattresses for you health?

why do you need them? what benefits you get from it? If you don't have problem with your back, does it make sense to use them?
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Does the lack of sleep affect my health?

In the past month, I've been really busy with the university and stuff, and I don't sleep as much as I used to. I usually sleep 4-5 hours a night. I haven't been doing that extensively ( I always ...
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What are the best hours to sleep?

I've read stuff about your body producing certain hormones and getting rid of certain stuff at specific hours. Also not sure if these hours are affected by sunlight/apartment lights. What would be ...
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Why do I feel more tired when I sleep in?

I almost always feel more tired after sleeping in. For example, If I go to bed at 12:00am and wake up at 6:00am to an alarm, I feel somewhat tired, but after showering and eating breakfast, I ...
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Human Circadian Rythym, can we live a 36 hour day, or for that matter, a 48 hour day?

By this I mean, is it possible or advisable to change my rhythm so that I wake up on Monday morning, sleep Tuesday afternoon (I'm awake for over 24 hours) and then sleep for over 16 hours till the ...
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Surviving 30 days of 15 hour work shifts

As part of the selection process for 42 School, this summer I will be required to take part in a 30 day intensive bootcamp along with other applicants. By the looks of it and what I have read, we will ...
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What is the medical difference between physical and mental sleep?

Today I spent several hours doing hard, grueling, completely mindless physical labor. It's nowhere near my bedtime, but I'm physically exhausted, my back hurts, and all I really want to do is sit in ...
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Does Blue light filters in smartphones really work?

Since this is more of a health related question, asking this here is preferable than other sites. So, does such apps really do not disturb the production of melatonin? Does Blue light filters in ...
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How to prevent sleepiness at study time? [closed]

I feel sleepiness all time, at the time of study. I try for many types of check up. After observing the test reports the doctors says, 'you are OK, there is no problem with you. I can't understand ...
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Can sleeping on the floor improve sleep quality?

I read many essays about ways to improve sleep quality. One of these essays was about the benefits of sleeping on the floor. At first I found it a ridiculous idea that this would help me get deep ...
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How to overcome mental fatigue after long work?

It's a weird and awesome phenomenon I didn't really find much on: Even though our brains burn (probably) as much calories when hard working as when we just hang out, we somehow feel "mentally" tired ...
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How to fall asleep when your mind is “not ready” [closed]

I have read a lot of tips on how to put yourself at peace before sleep, but they don't work for me (possibly because of keeping in mind that it's a problem I struggle to overcome). I am fresh ...
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Is heart rate indicative of sleep phase?

Lately I've been using an alarm clock that determines what phase of sleep you are in (light or deep) so that it waits until you are at a lighter sleep phase before waking you up. It does this by ...
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Why does caffeine make me sleep better?

I have self-administered around 4 mg/kg of caffeine (peroral), and around two hours later I fell asleep, being just a little bit sleep-deprived. After around five hours of sleep I found myself awake, ...
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Is it possible to tell if a person is awake or sleeping by capturing his finger print at that moment?

Consider A is a person, is there any possibility to find if he is awake or asleep?, Maybe the lines on the finger be compressed or the blood flow might be low while sleeping.
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What is snoring and why am I so loud

I'm a 26-year-old male who is 6 foot 3 and around 19 stone and I have a snoring problem. I don't do much exercise other than about a kilometer per day plus whatever I do on the stairs at work. Which ...
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Is setting your alarm for a long duration at a lower volume a good way to ensure you wake up in light sleep?

I usually set my alarm really loud so that I will definitely wake up. Usually that is accompanied by disorientation, headaches, etc. However, I read about 'completing the sleep cycle' and that it ...
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I'm old, should I worry about being sleepy in the daytime

I am 85 years old, born and live in the UK, of Scottish and Anglo-Saxon ancestry. I get eight hours of untroubled sleep every night, yet still I am sleepy during the day and regularly doze for an hour ...
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What is the best way to recover from all-nighters?

Basically I'm curious as to whether or not sleep loss or gain is purely additive. I'm not sure if this is even the right way to phrase this question, so I'll give an example. Say someone stays up to ...
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Sleeping heart rate (minimum) vs resting heart rate

I'm wondering if there is a correlation between these two. A little background: I would ideally like someone to wear a heart rate sensor all day and all night and without any explicit action from ...
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Is the feeling of blood pulses a symptom of low blood pressure?

When I go to sleep after a long waking time or when I am about to wake up after not sufficient sleep (or less than 8 hours of sleep) , I feel the blood flow in the back of my head in the form of ...