I recently had a sleep study done that found sleep apnea. The specialist I went too wants me to get a Bi-Pap machine which is way out of my price line. When I asked about my other sleep disorders he told me they were unrelated and told me "just don't worry about it" I have night terrors(lifelong), I sleep walk, I sleep eat, and of course the fun one for my whole family, I yell in my sleep. I wake up also about 4 or 5 times a night. Sleeping pills don't work. I have also tried melatonin, valerian root, and various other crap the nature store gave me. I have experimented with time frames of my work outs, eating habits, and locations of reading habits. Nothing helps. I also had my gall bladder removed about 6 months ago, now I'm gaining weight. I've heard it's because of my ibs and the surgery. I say it doesn't help to wake up next to whatever food I get my hands on in the middle of the night. I work shift work in emergency services and I am so tired all the time I can't think straight. I am starting to get extremely depressed about the whole thing. I just want to sleep without waking up and feeling like I'm loosing my mind. I don't know what else to do.
I also have sleep apnea, and experienced ALL the symptoms. I Went to sleep clinic and precribed a VPAP Auto 25, which is the top of the line. evidently I was not breathing on my back, I got the Machine, and the it took a month of getting use to it, but symptoms are gone and i actually wake up rested. Check with the sleep clinic or hospital social worker, maybe they can come up with a plan to get machine. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to fatal complications/ good luck.
Like twistednurse, treating my sleep apnea has made a big difference in my quality of life. Please consider that many of your other issues could stem from the sleep apnea. Lack of oxygen to the brain during apnea has to do strange things to the brain. I had nightmares all the time before treating my apnea, now I rarely ever have a bad dream. Waking up a lot - common with sleep apnea. Weight gain - common with the sleep deprived. Food cravings - also common when the body is depleted of energy and desperately seeks something to give it the energy it's not getting from sleep. Sleeping pills don't work - that's because they don't correct the root problem - sleep apnea. And please don't take sedatives - it can worsen untreated sleep apnea symptoms. Tired, can't think straight, depression, feel like losing mind - not to sound like a broken record, but, classic sleep apnea symptoms. I really hate telling you that you really MUST get a machine when I can't tell you how to make it happen. But you really do need to find a way. It's your best chance of getting your life back.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.