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Ask the Sleep Doctor: Do you have a question about sleep or sleep disorders?

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  1. I can't get good sleep. What's the best way to cope?

    I have several autoimmune diseases and I have had trouble sleeping for over 4 years. I lose 2-3 hours of sleep most nights (sometimes more). Lately, it comes down to waking up to chronic muscle pain. I've tried it all. Melatonin, benadryl, hot baths, using only red light bulbs at night, bedtimes, pain killers, not eating or drinking for 2 hours before bed, sunshine in the morning.

    What I need to know is how to cope with crummy sleep. All the advice I find is how important sleep is and which habits will improve sleep. But what about when you have several bad nights of sleep every week? I have a flexible schedule. Sometimes it feels impossible to get out of bed because my sleep JUST got deep. How long do I stay in bed? 90 minutes? Is it better to get up for 1 hour on time (when I know I'll HAVE to go back to sleep soon from exhaustion? If I succumb to a long afternoon nap, is there a way to mitigate the damage?

    In short, of I can't get better sleep at night, is there a strategy for when to nap and when not to in the day?

    Thanks for any suggestions you have
    -Desperate and exhausted, lost in the dark

  2. I currently work shift work, 12 hour shifts on a consistent rotation of 2 day shifts, two night shifts, and then four days off. I wake up at 330 am to get ready for my day shift, and only average 3.5-4 hours of sleep - and I always feel exhausted doing so. I seem to get more sleep between my night shifts (approximately 5.5 hours). My question is, is it worse to work the night shift or to get up at 330 am?

  3. Why can't i sleep? Ok so I've been having this problem for id say a few years now. I just can't seem to fall asleep until early morning. I've tried everything for eating times, drinking times (I've never smoked or drunk alcohol) not looking or using screens/phones all day, not eating or drinking before 8pm, listening to different music, sounds, people talking, complete silence, a light on, no light on etc. I'm 17 and I am not stressed out in the slightest about really anything, im what you call a care free person, even this covid pandemic hasn't got me worried in the slightest, im not scared of anything, my mind doesn't make me think scary things at night, im not scared of the dark, I just simply lay their from 11- 5am not thinking about anything really, maybe I'll think of a action film I watched or a funny video I saw but thats about it, I just can't sleep at night at all it's almost like I'm nocturnal? This has been continuous all year aswell, I haven't slept for 38 hours, its 3.30am and im still not tired. I've given up at this point, someone out there please be my last hope!

  4. My husband is describing a pattern of breathing that is very loud when I am just falling asleep.

    He says I breathe in just fine, then seem to be having trouble breathing out, become apneic for a few seconds, then I blow out my mouth as if I'm blowing out birthday candles. However, I am not congested, my nasal passages are clear and it happens in any sleeping position until I am in a deep sleep. Once I'm in deeper sleep, I breathe just fine.

    This issue is actually keeping him awake at night, as I tend to blow on his face very forcefully. So, he tries to get me to roll over to my other side and then I wake up and the whole process starts over. I also am noticing RLS increasingly.

    Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated at this time.

  5. I'll be needing to teach an online course from home at 1-4am one night a week. Can you give me advice about how to best handle this disruption in my sleep schedule? My work schedule is otherwise entirely open.

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