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Is it better to sleep without a pillow?

For most people, it is better to sleep with a pillow according to the latest research. Sleeping without a pillow increases interocular pressure which is considered a risk for glaucoma patients. ...
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Does Benadryl (=diphenhydramine) lead to tolerance? Can I use it to help with sleep?

First generation H1-antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine = Benadryl) are well known for their sedative effects explaining their limited use in patients with allergic rhinitis. Several ...
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What are the long-term side effects of melatonin?

In long term studies, the effects have been mixed but mild. In hemodialysis patients, after about six months - melatonin no longer seemed to have physiologic effects but could still be detected at ...
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Tips to improve the sleep during the night

You should keep an eye on the sleeping environment's temperature and restrict the amount of light entering the space you sleep in. Eye masks are a cost-effective solution to reducing excessive light ...
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Why does caffeine make me sleep better?

Caffeine Absorption Caffeine Capsules - 200mg - 84-120 minutes So maybe you took the caffeine, were already tired so you napped(2 hours or 120 minutes) just as it was kicking in full blown and ...
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How to know if ( or when) I fall asleep?

"How to know if (or when) I fall asleep, and not merely just lying there doing nothing?" Sleep Retrograde Amnesia: Retrograde amnesia refers to the loss of memory for things preceding a certain ...
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What is snoring and why am I so loud

"Snoring occurs during sleep when soft tissue in the upper airway vibrates as you breathe." (1) Typically, this will happen because the passage way for air narrows and the air rubs against the tissue ...
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How to avoid snoring?

Remedies to control snoring: Pillows. There is a pillow called the SONA pillow its FDA approved and is proven to work. The study was performed to determine the ability of a new inclined pillow ...
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Can oversleeping be harmful to overall health?

Studies have linked oversleeping with Cognitive impairment Depression Increased inflammation Increased pain Impaired fertility Higher risk of obesity Higher risk of diabetes Higher risk of heart ...
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What type of food (herb, root) helps with sleep?

As an insomniac, I've looked into this myself, and found the following to be natural sleep-inducing foods (in no particular order): Cherries -- The tarter, the better. They have melatonin!! And they ...
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How to get rid of insomnia naturally?

Sleep Hygiene. Learn it, try it, and see if it resolves your issue. I've answered this similar question before. Insomnia has different causes. The most common, outside of poor sleep hygiene, is ...
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How does poor sleep cause circles under one's eyes?

These dark circles can likely be attributed to vascular network prominence caused by hollowing of the contents of the orbital rim, pigmentary changes in the periorbital area caused by extravasated ...
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Term for a person who sleeps as they need to, rather than with any regular pattern?

As far as I know, there's no medical term for a person who does such a thing (and I doubt it would be labelled a disorder since practically everyone can do it to some extent), but the 2nd part of the ...
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Does conscious sleep impair immunity?

This is currently a researchable topic in neuroscience. Actually its not about light sleep or deep sleep or resting.Neuroscience prefers to describe sleep in the context of the immunity into mainly ...
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Is daylight savings linked to heart attacks?

This connection has been reported by several groups, in credible journals (I left a few references below). The study and news article you are referring to is confirming earlier findings, it is not the ...
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How does apnea trigger the urge to breathe?

Medulla is the part of brain which controls respiration. There is a special chemosensitive area in ventrolateral medulla which has chemoreceptors to detect increased CO2 or Hydrogen ions in brain ...
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Does sleep irregularity affect my brain and health?

Sleep irregularity In children, values for lower sleep duration were found to be strongly associated with increased metabolic risk. Although obese children did not display radically different ...
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What are the best hours to sleep?

There are many evidences that a good night's sleep is the hallmark to have good health. Ideally you should go to bed between 10 pm and midnight and wake up when you feel like getting up in the morning....
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Does caffeine boost adenosine buildup?

Your question demonstrates a key understanding of homeostatic mechanisms: in many cases, long-term pharmaceutical modulation leads to compensatory changes that blunt the effects of the modulation. ...
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How much sleep do adults actually need?

Many well-done newer studies are supporting the theory that quality trumps quantity when it comes to sleep. This excellent article at lifehack.org lists 12 good sources, including “two studies (which)...
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Should I sleep with my bra on?

To answer your question with the best quality evidence would require a double blinded prospective controlled study. Clearly that's not going to happen. But we do have a case control study looking at ...
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Can sleeping too much damage the brain and heart?

Although this question is hard to research - you're dependent on self-reported data on sleeping hours, and there are many confounders that influence this relation (why do people sleep longer? maybe ...
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How to know if ( or when) I fall asleep?

Modern smartphone apps offer this information. A smartphone has a gyroscope built in, and when you lay it on the mattress close to your body, it picks up tiny movements. As you fall asleep, your ...
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Will taking Clonazepam daily as a sleeping aid for long term cause any side effects?

Yes, clonazepam is known to cause tolerance, as well as other side effects (such as dependence) after a prolonged use. From the medication Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC): Prolonged use of ...
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Can one's body temperature affect the quality of his/her sleep?

Yes. Body temperature drops at night almost 2 degrees fahrenheit. Cranial cooling has been showing to lead to deeper sleep and help insomniacs. Higher body temperatures during sleep are associated ...
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Can wearing retainers at night affect sleep quality?

A systematic review of the side effects of retainers said nothing about sleep related side effects, so they probably are not a significant problem. There are a few related studies that look at an ...
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How to prevent sleepiness at study time?

Well, in order to avoid sleeping while studying, just follow this steps below: 1.Switch the Lights On. Don't even think about studying in just the lamplight at night. 2.Sit in Front of a Table. 3....
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Should eating before bedtime be avoided if someone wants to lose weight?

There is some experimental evidence that suggests that those who front load ( have their main meals earlier in the day ) are more likely to lose weight than those who eat later. BACKGROUND: There is ...
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Is it possible to fall asleep while swimming?

In USMC basic training we had to learn the so-called T-Float. It's a survival float where you just hang in the water with your body limp, then every 10 seconds or so you bring your hands up towards ...
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Why do I feel more tired when I sleep in?

Good question Tehp. You know what I also experienced that, according to Dr. Michael Breus, a Sleep Doctor that a sleep has its own cycle. The sleep-wake cycle follows a regular pattern (circadian ...
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