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6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM
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What position do you sleep in? What time do you usually fall asleep? Do you dream? Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!
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6/11/2013 1:13:09 PM
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Your preferred p.m. pose could be giving you back and neck pain, tummy troubles, even premature wrinkles. Here are the best positions for your body -- plus the one you may want to avoid.
Health.com: 7 tips for the best sleep ever

The Best: Back position
Good for: Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts.
Bad for: Snoring
The scoop: Sleeping on your back makes it easy for your head, neck, and spine to maintain a neutral position. You're not forcing any extra curves into your back, says Steven Diamant, a chiropractor in New York City. It's also ideal for fighting acid reflux, says Eric Olson, M.D., co-director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota: "If the head is elevated, your stomach will be below your esophagus so acid or food can't come back up."
Back-sleeping also helps prevent wrinkles, because nothing is pushing against your face, notes Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University. And the weight of your breasts is fully supported, reducing sagginess.
Consider this: "Snoring is usually most frequent and severe when sleeping on the back," Olson says.
Perfect pillow: One puffy one. The goal is to keep your head and neck supported without propping your head up too much.
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Next Best: Side position
Good for: Preventing neck and back pain, reducing acid reflux, snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for: Your skin and your breasts
The scoop: Side-sleeping is great for overall health -- it reduces snoring and keeps your spine elongated. If you suffer from acid reflux, this is the next best thing to sleeping on your back.
Now for the downside: "Sleeping on your side can cause you to get wrinkles," Glaser says. Blame all that smushing of one side of your face into the pillow. This pose also contributes to breast sag, since your girls are dangling downward, stretching the ligaments, says Health magazine's Medical Editor Roshini Rajapaksa, M.D.
Consider this: If you're pregnant, sleep on your left side. It's ideal for blood flow.
Perfect pillow: A thick one. "You need to fill the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position," says Ken Shannon, a physical therapist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
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Not Ideal: Fetal position
Good for: Snoring less, sleeping during pregnancy
Bad for: Preventing neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: Outside of your mother's uterus, resting in a tight fetal pose isn't a great idea. When you snooze with your knees pulled up high and chin tucked into your chest, you may feel it in the morning, especially if you have an arthritic back or joints, Olson says.
"This curved position also restricts diaphragmatic breathing," adds Dody Chang, a licensed acupuncturist with the Center for Integrative Medicine at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. And if you make this your nightly pose, you may bring on premature facial wrinkles and breast sag.
Consider this: Just straighten out a bit -- try not to tuck your body into an extreme curl.
Perfect pillow: One plump pillow -- the same as side position, to give your head and neck support.

The Worst: Stomach position
Good for: Easing snoring
Bad for: Avoiding neck and back pain, minimizing wrinkles, maintaining perky breasts
The scoop: "Stomach-sleeping makes it difficult to maintain a neutral position with your spine," Shannon explains. What's more, the pose puts pressure on joints and muscles, which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling.
"Think about the soreness you'd feel if you kept your neck turned to one side for 15 minutes during the day," Diamant explains. In this position you have your head to one side for hours at a time. You won't necessarily feel it the next day, but you may soon start to ache.
Consider this: Do you snore? "Stomach-sleeping may even be good for you," Olson says. Facedown keeps your upper airways more open. So if you snore and aren't suffering from neck or back pain, it's fine to try sleeping on your belly.
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6/11/2013 1:20:08 PM
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I think it's specifically your left side you have to sleep on to reduce acid reflux due to some arrangement of the stomach. I think sleeping on the right side causes it.
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6/11/2013 1:33:04 PM
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At 6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What position do you sleep in? What time do you usually fall asleep? Do you dream? Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!

On my back always.
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6/11/2013 1:35:46 PM
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If you can't sleep, take melatonin. It's natural and over-the-counter. Good for long plane flights. However, a few people get wild dreams from melatonin, so try a small dose first.
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6/11/2013 1:40:04 PM
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Or perhaps the toilet will always increase in comfort as everything else decreases in comfort...
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6/11/2013 2:16:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What position do you sleep in? What time do you usually fall asleep? Do you dream? Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!

On my stomach or my left side. When working I usually go to sleep by 1:00 AM. Now, it's more like 4:00 AM.

I usually fall asleep in my bed or on the couch.

I do dream. Usually they're pleasant dreams, but that has not always been the case.

I can fall asleep anywhere with the proper medication, but without it, I just don't sleep.
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6/11/2013 3:44:54 PM
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I sleep on my right side.

Occasionally I remember my dreams. Sometimes they are brutal and disturbing.

I got around 4 hours a night during the school year, but need 9 hours to function well. I usually go to sleep around 1:30 A.M.
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6/11/2013 4:36:44 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What position do you sleep in?

Usually on ma face.

What time do you usually fall asleep?

Very late usually, or some nights ill fall asleep early and sleep for like 15 hours.

Do you dream?

Sometimes.

Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!

Depends on how much I've had to drink ;)
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6/11/2013 5:59:38 PM
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On my stomach with one of my hands under the pillow.

Or whatever random position I find comfy at the time. Like hugging my pillow with both my arms and legs.
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6/11/2013 6:19:13 PM
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At 6/11/2013 5:59:38 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
On my stomach with one of my hands under the pillow.

Or whatever random position I find comfy at the time. Like hugging my pillow with both my arms and legs.

This. For real is how I sleep.

Doggy style when I'm in the mood.
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6/11/2013 6:19:43 PM
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At 6/11/2013 6:19:13 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 6/11/2013 5:59:38 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
On my stomach with one of my hands under the pillow.

Or whatever random position I find comfy at the time. Like hugging my pillow with both my arms and legs.

This. For real is how I sleep.

Doggy style when I'm in the mood.

The mood to sleep doggy style. Not, whatever perverted thing you were just thinking.
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6/11/2013 6:38:27 PM
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At 6/11/2013 6:19:43 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 6/11/2013 6:19:13 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 6/11/2013 5:59:38 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
On my stomach with one of my hands under the pillow.

Or whatever random position I find comfy at the time. Like hugging my pillow with both my arms and legs.

This. For real is how I sleep.

Doggy style when I'm in the mood.

The mood to sleep doggy style. Not, whatever perverted thing you were just thinking.

Hugging the pillow or arm under it?
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6/11/2013 6:44:29 PM
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At 6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What position do you sleep in? What time do you usually fall asleep? Do you dream? Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!

Sides, sometimes front, rarely back. I don't really have a usual time, night time when I'm going to college. I do dream, but I don't remember as much in the days after as I used to. When I used to start falling to sleep, I used to get little flashbacks of the previous night's dreams every so often, hasn't happened in a while. I can't fall asleep in anything that moves because I fall and it wakes me up; I'm a very light sleeper. Bathrooms, I don't know, it'd be hard to, because they're uncomfortable.
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6/11/2013 6:45:36 PM
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At 6/11/2013 1:20:08 PM, PrivateEye wrote:
I think it's specifically your left side you have to sleep on to reduce acid reflux due to some arrangement of the stomach. I think sleeping on the right side causes it.

Dr. Oz says not to sleep on your left side. http://www.doctoroz.com...
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6/11/2013 6:46:03 PM
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At 6/11/2013 1:35:46 PM, RoyLatham wrote:
If you can't sleep, take melatonin. It's natural and over-the-counter. Good for long plane flights. However, a few people get wild dreams from melatonin, so try a small dose first.

Thanks for the advice.
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6/11/2013 6:46:12 PM
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At 6/11/2013 1:05:31 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What position do you sleep in?
Back or my right side, cocooned in all my blankets and comforters
What time do you usually fall asleep?
12:00-1:00 am
Do you dream?
Yes, they're often bizarre, and never really good or bad. Just like real life, only weird and surreal. I can remember certain incredibly vivid and strange ones perfectly, but they're pretty rare.
Can you fall asleep in cars, trains, buses? Bathrooms?!
Only if I'm exceptionally tired, sick, drugged, or drunk.
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6/11/2013 6:49:29 PM
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I read that the back's best for your neck and other things, but it can put your back in a bad position. I just find it hard to sleep on my back most the time though.
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6/11/2013 6:49:41 PM
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At 6/11/2013 6:38:27 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
At 6/11/2013 6:19:43 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 6/11/2013 6:19:13 PM, xXCryptoXx wrote:
At 6/11/2013 5:59:38 PM, SarcasticIndeed wrote:
On my stomach with one of my hands under the pillow.

Or whatever random position I find comfy at the time. Like hugging my pillow with both my arms and legs.

This. For real is how I sleep.

Doggy style when I'm in the mood.

The mood to sleep doggy style. Not, whatever perverted thing you were just thinking.

Hugging the pillow or arm under it?

Most of the time with my arm under it. However, I do sleep completely hugging the pillow occasionally. It's just comfy man.
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6/11/2013 7:01:01 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 6/11/2013 4:47:13 PM, Mirza wrote:
How I sleep is private, but I wonder how Danielle does it with ViVeri constantly shouting my name in her sleep?

You deserve a high-five.
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6/11/2013 9:28:51 PM
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At 6/11/2013 4:47:13 PM, Mirza wrote:
How I sleep is private, but I wonder how Danielle does it with ViVeri constantly shouting my name in her sleep?

LOL they haven't been together in years and since both of them rarely post it's odd that you'd randomly mention them.

Anyway, I sleep in the fetal position, or with one leg extended from it. My cat curls up behind my knees. I like to have sex before I go to bed, and being that it's been a very long time for me I must rely on habitual masturbation to get the job done. The cat waits by the door for me every night until I'm done, then I let him in and we get into position. My biggest issue sleeping is cutting off circulation to my arms, because I like to rest my head on my lower arm and if it's not correctly positioned I will wake up with no feeling in it. So yeah, picture the fetal position with the lower arm sticking straight up and the lower leg sticking straight down and that's me.

I dream in cycles of about a month; in the troughs I don't dream and in the crests I dream heavily. I used to have many bad dreams as a child, but now that I am older and more secure in my own skin my dreams are rarely stressful (or especially pleasurable, for that matter). There is no discernible pattern to what I dream about; I do tend to dream about relevant things in my life more often now than in the past. Dreams have little relevance or mystery to me, I consider them simply thoughts and I can usually tell why I had one. I have many nonsensical dreams but it seems to me that my mind is just being creative while I sleep.
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6/12/2013 1:32:04 AM
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Anyway, I actually have extremely vivid dreams very often. And very strange, at that.

Just a few nights ago, I dreamed I was looking at a cow. Suddenly, the cow turned purple and it's back legs turned into eels and floated away.
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