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Does the lack of sleep affect my health?

In short, and according to the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine: Lack of sleep can, in the short term, "affect judgment, mood, ability to learn ...
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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 the lack of sleep affect my health?

I would also add that if you're consistently getting 4-5 hours of sleep (instead of about 8) then it's counterproductive for studying. Aside from affecting your ability to concentrate, there's also ...
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How to avoid fatigue if I foresee irregular sleeping time?

Although the other answer provided some general tips about sleep hygiene and noted that melatonin might be helpful, your question actually touches on an aspect of circadian biology that has been very ...
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Is prolonged use of melatonin supplements safe for a 3-year-old?

Since melatonin is secerned by many glands (pituitary, thyroid, pineal, adrenals, and gonads), it might be a malfunction of one of these. I am not yet a physician, but I suggest you to try to properly ...
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Can you sleep less permanently, but stay at least as healthy?

Modern Science According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, sleep is certainly needed, that too quality sleep for certain hours. 4-5 hours seems less to me. It says -- Studies show that ...
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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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How to reduce apnea/hypoapnea events?

The Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) is a measure of severity in obstructive sleep apnea. It is calculated as the number of times per hour that the airway partially or completely collapses, associated with ...
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What is the physiological process that would cause one to void more than once in the morning?

In healthy patients, a circadianic rhythm of urine excretion has been observed. In average, it depends on age, sex and total (consumed) fluid volume. Several factors contribute to this rhythm: The ...
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Are computers bad for health?

Like all things too much of anything is bad for you. As a designer working in the tech industry for over a decade, here's a few things I experienced and that might (I hope not) impact you. wrists ...
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Does bed type have an effect on sleep quality?

This seems like a common sense type of question (why don't you sleep on the floor when there's a sofa available, and why don't you sleep on a sofa when there's a comfortable bed available?), and it ...
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Is eating one's dinner right before going to sleep bad for health?

If you eat a lot of food, your stomach will be full. And if you lie down immediately after that, your horizontal posture would put the food (and the acid) in such a way that it puts lot more pressure ...
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Can long term sleeping at day damage your health?

Well regular sleeping during the day might damage health. Try avoiding it if possible as research has been conducted which suggests that there is a linkage between irregular sleep and hormone ...
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Sleeping on stomach - why are people naturally drawn to it if it's bad?

Sleeping in a prone position is not bad. However there are some complications of it that can be negative. A simple example is drooling. A more important problem with sleeping in a prone position is ...
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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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Is there a link between bed firmness and spine deformations?

We should clarify some terms here. Scoliosis is a deformation, but Lordosis and kyphosis are not. The latter two are normal structural parts of human spine. Back to your question, we don´t know. ...
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How to avoid fatigue if I foresee irregular sleeping time?

Body's biological clock Credits: A circadian rhythm at Wikipedia There are two main hormones which plays important role in sleep. Melatonin (also called a youth hormone) which is produced at night ...
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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 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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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 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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Can you sleep less permanently, but stay at least as healthy?

This question can be approached from many levels. There are many physiological factors having influence to sleeping of which circadian rhytm is one of the most important. Messing with your circadian ...
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Does sleeping position affect health?

I am focusing on one important health issue with respect to sleep position. Obstructive sleep apnea or apnoea (OSA) is a common condition where person has excessive snoring and disturbed sleep at ...
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What are the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation for mental function?

Most of the time it is critically important to realize that sleep deprivation is very often due to unrecognized sleep disorders. After a typical night's sleep, you may not feel restored and refreshed ...
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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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