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Forum Name: Psychiatric Topics

Question: Do I have a sleep disorder?


 hlb - Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:36 pm

Hello, I have many problems associated with sleep, I'm not sure if this is normal, or if I need medical help. First off, I am always tired no matter how much I sleep. I can sleep 5, 8, 12 hours and still feel tired during the day. I have a little bit of trouble falling asleep, I have to wait until I'm exhausted until I can fall asleep after about a half hour. My biggest problem is my dreams. I have excessive dreaming, I dream every night and dream through the whole night. I never have pleasant dreams, they are always frightening or unsettling. They are also vivid, and I can always recall them after I've woken up. I've tried to get rid of these, by having a normal sleep pattern, reading something pleasant before i go to sleep, not having late night snacks, but nothing works. I wonder if I might have sleep apnea, I used to when i was younger, but I'm not sure if I still have it. Some things that go on with me are: I wake up with a very dry mouth, I have a sore throat a lot, I snore and mumble in my sleep, my nose is completely stuffed when I wake up and I can't even breathe out of it, I move a lot when I sleep, my legs have a crawling sensation sometimes when I try to sleep. I would really appreciate some help on this so I can get a good night's sleep again. Thanks, hlb.
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:25 pm

Hello, hlb,

Your description of your sleep difficulties does indicate that you need a medical evaluation, including a sleep study. The sleep study would document any apnea, wakefulness, duration of REM sleep, and restless leg syndrome. What you are experiencing is not a normal situation, and is treatable. The degree of severity of the sleep study findings would determine if you needed CPAP as well as medication. I urge you to see your doctor and discuss your situation thoroughly, and request a sleep study.

I hope this is helpful.

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