I do have central apnea and I have since I was born. I remember as I kid waking up from night terrors and even now I have them every once in a while. Horrific nightmares that I don't even like to repeat.
Should I see my doctor who prescribed my sleep apnea and CPAP? Is that the right kind of doctor?
I'm so tired of being tired. ;o) Thank you for your response. I'm super thankful for this message board.
Hello and hope you are doing well.
Understand what you are going through. You should not use sedatives indiscriminately. Besides, drug-drug interactions, we never know the metabolism status unless tests have been done to justify their prescription. Either way to most of the sedatives (sleeping tablets), people develop tolerance, that is they stop working very effectively with time.
You seem to have chronic insomnia and you should get professional help. The first step would be to rule the causes for insomnia like sleep disorders. Next it is treated with both medical and non medical therapy. Medical (sedatives) are given in the temporary initial phase, this is combined with non medical measures like sleep hygiene, relaxation therapy, stimulus control, and sleep restriction which are referred to as cognitive behavioral therapies. As the non medical measures help to restore your sleep rhythm, the sedatives are withdrawn. So, I would advise you to consult your primary care physician for further evaluation. He may then ask for a sleep study called polysomnography for further evaluation. Take Care.
Hope this helped and do keep us posted.