Ask the Sleep Doctor

Ask the Sleep Doctor

We occasionally have a live Questions & Answers from a sleep doctor. These are scheduled sporadically.

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Visit some of the Ask the Sleep Doctor Blogs:

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: sleep apnea and A-Fib, inadequate sleep, eating fish,  naps hurting sleep

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: Fibromyalgia, Atrial Fibrillation, Night Terrors, Low oxygen

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: Autism, Support Hose, Weight Loss, and Hot Flashes

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: Weight Loss, Antidepressants, and Oral Appliances

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: Headaches, Heart Disease, Melatonin, Sleep Walking

Ask The Sleep Doctor – Night Owls

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Bariatric Surgery, Narcolepsy Medications

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Difficulty Falling and Staying Asleep

Ask The Sleep Doctor – Pets and Sleep?

Ask The Sleep Doctor – Down Syndrome and Sleep Apnea

Ask the Sleep Doctor – Topics: Weight Loss, Diet, MS, and Hypertension

Ask The Sleep Doctor – Is this Restless Legs Syndrome?

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11 Replies to “Ask the Sleep Doctor”

  1. Vicki Glennon

    Feeling exhausted each morning even when I get some sleep of a night.always feeling tired and tried everything to help and feeling desperate to stop feeling exhausted.

  2. Angela Kim


    My name is Angela Kim and I am an industrial and interaction design student in an undergraduate program. I am currently working on a project to design for people who unintentionally fall asleep during meetings/conferences/class. In order to create a product that helps people stay awake in a discreet and a non-distracting manner, I was wondering if I could receive some information and advice on the stage 1 sleep.

    Thank you,
    Angela Kim

  3. Madison

    My husband has a horrible snoring problem. He snores so loudly at night that it’s affecting my sleep every. single. night. I’ve told him to roll on his side and he still snores. No matter what position he is in he snores! It’s driving me crazy! We have a newborn and a toddler so I can’t sleep with ear plugs in incase they need me in the night. His snoring also keeps up our kids because it’s that dang loud. He doesn’t gasp for air or choke in his sleep. I need advice please. Thanks from a sleep deprived mother.

  4. R

    Been having a lot of sleep issues my whole life. I am in my mid twenties now, I am female, and have some unanswered questions about it. Hoping someone has some ideas.

    – really bad nightmares, I mean stuff that I could not make up (horrible graphic violence- I wont give details but they are scaring, just screaming and blood and running)
    – Sleeping pattern is always changing
    For this past week I was able to stay asleep for a couple hours each night at the beginning and then constantly waking up until I get frustrated and get up but this always changes (it can change anywhere between 2-6 weeks)
    – usually feel like I am not awake or asleep, never feel rested
    – sometimes I have insomnia and cant fall asleep doesnt usually last more than 72 hours

    – sometimes I do things in my sleep that I am unaware of and dont remember, usually sexual things I am told, its embarrassing so wont describe it but sometimes I have to be careful who I fall asleep next to, or I end up eating a lot of candy or something with sugar

    – the worst one is sometimes I can close my eyes and I start dreaming like normal but the rest of me doesnt fall asleep I can open my eyes and move my body like I am awake and aware of whats happening most of the time (not daydreaming I know the difference I actually start dreaming like a hallucination I dont have control over the dream) and I cant fall asleep no matter how hard I try for days or weeks this will happen and I cant function during the day until I can finally sleep and no one will tell me what this is

    – there are short periods of time where I do sleep kind of normal, I dont remember my dreams always which is a blessing because they are terrifying and I am not ok for the first hours of the following day, but everything seems to be getting worse, I thought I was just crazy before but I am hearing about different sleep disorders now
    – a lot of the time I feel like I am not awake or asleep
    – I was just diagnosed with pyroluria disorder (rare genetic disorder) and I have diagnosed PTSD with strong dissociative tendencies for many years now, if that helps at all

  5. Fiona Napier


    I’ve wrestled since being a teenager with problems in falling asleep. Over the years I’ve tried every ‘focus your mind’ exercise doctors could suggest as well as any medication they could suggest (and other things like melatonin) without success. I simply can’t focus on exercises, though I have no issues with concentration during the daytime and I can’t stop my mind whirring or ‘turn off’.

    I’m currently going through a period of trying to do without any help at all (I do often try this for extended- hellish- periods) but as in the past the sleeplessness seems to have no end no matter how tired I am: some nights I might find I’ve fallen asleep for an hour shortly before my alarm, other nights nothing.

    Absolutely the only reliable sleep comes with the use of an (in my country) somewhat illegal drug, which both involves smoking and is bad for your memory etc: I don’t want to resort to this.

    Could the issue be a kind of hyperactivity disorder? I’m grasping at straws and need help as doctors I’ve spoken to haven’t been able to.

  6. Betty

    Hi. I am 68 years old. I had viral meningitis at the age of 23 and was told that I will most likely need no less than 9 hours of sleep for the rest of my life. That has been the case. However, for the last 10 years I have slept 10 to 12 hours a night. I would wake up to an alarm 3 days a week for my job but 2 months ago I retired and I am sleeping 11 hours average at night. I have been taking antidepressants for over 20 years so I do NOT feel depressed. I have been noticing more and more that my short term memory is rapidly declining. I’d like to know if the extended sleep and declining memory loss are related. I do wake up on average 2x during the night to go to the bathroom but fall right back to sleep. I do toss and turn quite a bit so I may not be entirely resting. I feel my days are short due to limited waking hours. What should I be doing to correct this?

  7. Ingrid

    Hi, I am wondering about the benefits of daytime napping in adults. Some research suggests that napping can be beneficial for productivity and performance, and others suggest that it is detrimental to health (early death). Which one is correct? When talking about the negative effects of napping, do they mean napping for longer hours? Whereas short 30 minutes naps are beneficial?

  8. Keaton

    Hello, my name is Keaton. I am 22 yrs old and I excessively sleepwalk. I do everything from talking to getting (sometimes jumping) out of bed and moving or doing things. I didn’t sleepwalk that much (I don’t think) before I had my son Heston who is about to be 10months old. Now I do something every night. I talk almost immediately when I fall asleep. I usually wake up when I forcefully jump out of bed to save nothing from falling, and recently I got up, grabbed some scissors off my desk and cut my comforter open because I thought Heston was inside suffocating. I’m seriously getting tired of it. My son can’t sleep in the same room and I beat up my fiance. I stay up til 3 but I get more than 8hrs of sleep, and really have nothing to stress about. Is there any way I can stop? Or at least tone it down?

  9. Mark Sbitnev

    My topic is hypnagogic sleep disorder. I selected this topic because I suffer from it and I wanted to learn as much as possible.

    In general, is there an increase of people struggling with sleep disorders? If so, what do you believe are the causes?

    What is the most common group age where people suffer from sleep disorders?

    In your opinion, are most sleep disorders the result of physical (nature) or psychological (nurture) factors?

    In your experience, have you come across other people with regular Hypnagogia and if so, how has it impacted their life?

    Have you found this to be a chronic problem, or is there a successful treatment?

    The claim of my research paper is that there is a connection between artistic creativity and hypnagogic hallucinations. Have you observed individuals for whom hallucinations resulted in creativity and other gifts?

    Are there any close examples that you have seen this occur in your patients?

    Do you have any final comments and advice regarding my topic?

    Thank you again,
    Mark Sbitnev

  10. Chad Brower

    I am a 44 year old male and in great health..except that for the past 4+ years I cannot sleep without dreaming. I fall asleep easily and most times right into a dream. I can wake up in the middle of the night from a dream, fall asleep again and be back in the same dream. This began after taking Chantix. Yes I know a side effect of the prescription was vivid dreams but it was worth quitting smoking. I did not know that year later I would still have dreams every night and every time I nap. I have grown used to it but lately I am just tired of it and would love a night of sleep without dreaming.

  11. Sandy Summers

    I have been diagnosed with DSPS (Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome)
    I have had many sleep studies and they all say the same thing. In one of the studies they also said I had sleep apnea. I went through HELL using that machine for over a year. Never felt any different before, during or after using that machine! I had another sleep study and was told I diffentnately had DSPS but did not have sleep apena!!! They prescribed Nuvigil and I am now up to 250mg. I do not see much of a difference with taking this. The Dr now wants to do a Latent Sleep Study.
    This condition is a “Nightmare From HELL for me”
    Do you have any suggestions? I want a life of good quality but because of the DSPS, I DON’T!!!

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