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 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 ...
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How to avoid snoring?

If someone is suffering from snoring for around 5 years, are there some remedies to avoid or control snoring? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Are B vitamins typically sedating, stimulating, or neither?

Are B vitamins typically sedating, stimulating, or neither? I'm interested in knowing for all persons, but adults in particular. If gender plays a role, that would be good to know as well.
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Why have I been fatigued/exhausted for the past month? [closed]

For the past month, I've been feeling extremely fatigued, exhausted, out of breath and even light headed! I know I've been sleeping as usual. I can't even bend over, lift things, I can even exercise ...
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If a man occasionally wakes up after five hours of sleep, is it safe for him to take melatonin even though the night is almost over?

Melatonin, a hormone, is sold over-the-counter in the US and Canada. Bedtime is a good time to take melatonin Clinical psychologist Michael Breus writes: Melatonin is a sleep and body clock ...
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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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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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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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Does sleeping in daytime actually kill?

My dad takes naps at daytime frequently. He asked me recently if sleeping at daytime actually kill you, since he had been reading medical articles that claim that taking naps increases chance of ...
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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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Can sleeping too much damage the brain and heart?

I heard that sleeping long hours can damage brain functions and harm the heart. Is that true?
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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 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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Is it better to sleep without a pillow?

I have read several web pages that mention the potential benefits of sleeping without a pillow. Examples: http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Sleeping-Without-a-Pillow.html Is Sleeping Without a ...
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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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Will taking Clonazepam daily as a sleeping aid for long term cause any side effects?

I suffer from insomnia. Are there any side effects if I take Clonazepam daily as a sleeping aid for long term? Will I become tolerant to it?
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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 to know if ( or when) I fall asleep?

Sometimes when I wake up from a nap, I don't even know whether I fell asleep in the first place. As a person who doesn't take naps as a habit, I need to take efficient naps when I'm tired and need ...
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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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What steps should a person take to heal one's body after pulling an all-nighter?

Regardless of cause (crying baby, hospital emergency, procrastination, insomnia), what steps should be taken to return to their original sleep? Maybe they should try to sleep as soon as possible or ...
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Can wearing retainers at night affect sleep quality?

Besides being uncomfortable, does wearing retainers at night cause any effects like sleep apnea? I'm wondering this because I've woken up with dry mouth multiple times after sleeping with my ...
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Is wearing eye blinds every night to sleep deleterious for the skin?

I wonder whether wearing an eye blind every night to sleep can be deleterious for the skin. I looked for information on Google and Google Scholar but haven't found anything, so I'm not sure whether it ...
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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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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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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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Are there permanent health effects from working the night shift for 6 days? [closed]

Could there be any permanent health effects form working 12 hour night shifts for 6 days in a row (10 pm to 10 am)? Especially on the brain?
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How to avoid back pain while sleeping? [closed]

I usually experience back pain while I sleep. I was wondering if there is any way to prevent this. Are there specific sleeping positions that can prevent back pain? Should I use different types of ...
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How can you increase melatonin?

Melatonin, I believe, is the chemical in your body that makes you tired and fall asleep. If someone were having trouble falling asleep at night, in what ways would they be able to increase their ...
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What stages of REM sleep occur in medically induced sleep?

During surgical procedures or when subduing a patient, anesthesia is often used. Does this put a person into a deep healthful stage of rest like rem stage 5, or is something more like stage 2 or 3? Or ...
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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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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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Is there a (quasi-)healthy way of resisting sleep?

I often find myself working on projects late into the night. The problem I have is that at some point, I almost always crash. I'll start feeling tired, and half an hour to an hour later, I'm out like ...
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Is there a TDEE calculator which takes into account sleeping hours?

For the record, TDEE stands for 'Total Daily Energy Expenditure.' I have sleeping problems, which essentially require me to get ~12 hours of sleep a day. I'd assume this substantially lowers my TDEE, ...
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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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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 sleep irregularity affect my brain and health?

For more than two years I have been sleeping irregularity. Sometimes I go to the bed at 10am, some days it may 10pm.There no regularity to when I sleep. Also, sleep time may differ. Sometimes I ...
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How to test EMF interference in my bedroom for sleep impact?

I've been dealing with poor sleep for quite awhile (over a year) and one of my suspicions is EMF interference in my room. I've tried unplugging everything at night, but didn't notice a significant ...
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How much sleep is too much?

As I have understood from reading stuff on the internet and talking to people, too little sleep can have very serious health problems and you need to sleep at least 6 hours every night. what I don't ...
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What factors affect sleep propensity?

What environmental and personal factors affect the amount of time it takes to fall to sleep? How can some people go to bed in 5 min where others take an hour? Some factors I’ve thought about include: ...
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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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Can caffeine induce sleepiness instead of wakefulness?

I notice that when having slept for a little bit of time and I am drinking caffeine, I may get instantly alert, but after few minutes after drinking the coffee, I still feel extreme urge to sleep! ...
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How little food can I sleep on? [closed]

I've found that eating light dinners wakes me up early. However, I'm struggling to strike a balance between sleeping on a empty stomach and eating no more then I need. I've tried and failed to sleep ...
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Severe asthma and autoimmune skin reactions with no relief [closed]

I have lived almost my entire life in Ross County, Ohio, which is quite polluted. I remember smelling the paper mill when I was young, I don't even smell it anymore, but people comment about it when ...
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Tiredness. Needs opinions about the gym [closed]

Before going to see a doctor, I would like to get a few opinions here first. I am suffering tiredness since a few months now. Well, to be totally honest here, it usually comes and go and it's been ...
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how can I get my sleeping cycle to normal again?

in my job I have no official known work hours ,when they call I have to go to work no matter what hour it is (should've red the contract before I signed it right :-D ),this make me lose my sleeping ...
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Is prolonged use of melatonin supplements safe for a 3-year-old?

Background: I recently adopted a 3-year-old girl. The first weeks in her new home, bedtimes were understandably difficult. She had a lot of trouble falling asleep, and resisted going to bed. My ...
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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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Are computers bad for health?

I am a CS student, so my career requires sitting for long periods of time (8~9) hours infront of a laptop daily. I've been hearing for quite a long time that computers are harmful for health. I'm ...