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Up all night

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2006
  • 06:36 PM


I am at my wit's end for my husband. He is 47 and for at least the last 10 years he is up at night 4-5 times. Sometimes, it's for a few minutes, sometimes he'll just read or watch TV for a couple of hours before going back to bed. He's had several sleep studies, which showed mild apnea. He's on the CPAP machine now, but he hasn't improved. He sleepwalks through most days, tired, grouchy and groggy.

He has an overall supersensitive nature. He has asthma, and has rhinitis at the smell of most perfumes. Formerly, he would have alot of 'bad trips' in dreams and wake-up talking/screaming etc., but thankfully, those seem to be rarer now since he's hit 40yo.

He's had a thorough work-up and the only other abnormality is a slighty elevated cholesterol, and he's about 30lbs overweight for his frame size. Any thoughts on the matter are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • So he has maintenance insomnia. That means that something is making him wake up. Presumable a sleep disorder or a health factor. Has he gained weight lately? This can make his CPAP settings need a change, so the machine can work correctly. Did his sleep testing (to get CPAP) show other sleep disorders? eg PLMD? That can cause awakenings and 'grouchiness'. Is he getting up to pee several times? That can be a prostate problem older men get (over 40-50) which can get them up several times in the night to pee. Often it causes a dribbly/interrupted flow that you can hear... Sounds like he needs to take a list of ?s to his Sleep Doc
    emma_chase 9 Replies
    • October 19, 2006
    • 01:39 PM
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