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

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23 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

    Hello,

    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

    hi,
    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

    Hello,

    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!!!

  12. Kelly Garrett

    feel like I am in between a dream and awake state. I do not know I am in this state until I snap out of it. When I snap out of it, it is usually in a panic. I am usually hurting myself in someway. I also awake in a place sitting up on a stairway aware I’m hurting myself. But unable to stop it.

  13. admin

    From Travis:

    i was diagnosed with severe complex sleep apnea a few years ago and I have been using a bi pap machine for the last few years to treat the condition. I currently weigh 258 LBS and I am a 35 year old male if I got down to 190/200 LBS will I be able to get off my bipap or will I have to be confined to a bipap machine for the rest of my life. I was told that once I fall asleep using my bi-pap and my OSA is treated. then it turns into central sleep apnea. but I also know that losing access weight is better for my health. and some people can come off of the machine just by losing weigh and for others its not possible. thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

  14. Buster Buster

    Xanax Dilemma

    Hello; All of my life I have been unenergetic, lazy and generally not able to keep up with others; I have always held sedentary jobs. Then one night in my mid 50’s, I consumed about 1/8th of a 25mg dose of Xanax. I slept very soundly for at least 4 hours and woke up extremely refreshed and energetic. I have never felt this energetic, even with my past CPAP therapy, the energy was astounding. I don’t believe I had any REM sleep which I fear currently occupies most of my sleeping moments. I remember thinking about what I could have done with my life had I this kind of energy that many people, like my dad, wake up with every day. I could have completed college; I could have become a millionaire. Instead I plod through every day, condemned to poverty due to sluggishness.
    There would be occasional slurring of speech throughout the following day and ‘word-finding difficulty’ for weeks thereafter where my ability to use higher level vocabulary was compromised; hopefully I have regained this function, but I feared long term use may result in a more permanent loss, so I never took the pill again. But I can’t help but think that somewhere in the chemical world lies a life changing therapy related to sleep, but without such harsh side effects.
    I have tried other sleeping medications which allow me to sleep through events that may normally disturb sleep, but upon wakening, I feel no better refreshed than a normal night of sleep.
    I have wandered if there might be breathing interruptions during a Xanax induced sound sleep that lead to oxygen deprivation or other characteristics of a ‘mini-stroke’ which may be responsible for the vocabulary loss and slurring?

  15. Dami

    Hi Drs,

    I have an interesting condition that many doctors and therapists can not identify or treat.

    1. As I fall asleep, I sometimes see horrific graphic images melting into each other (women screaming, blood, gore, african masks)
    2. My dreams are highly vivid and I remember I want to say 100% of the bloody gore that I see. I can describe perfectly clearly dreams I’ve had years ago that to this day haunt me. Clowns killing mothers in a birthing ward. Botched surgeries. Products of conception. It’s terrifying. I delay falling asleep. We cannot figure out why they are happening, how to stop them, and where they are coming from. I do not know the faces in my dream although I could draw them for you I feel like. I remember everything. Why is this happening and how can I get peaceful rest?

  16. Ash Raven

    I have to stay up until 12:00 – 1:00 because that’s when my parents return from work. Even when I go to bed at a normal time (8:00) I sleep for 2 or 3 hours and then I get up and go to the bathroom and I don’t fall back asleep until about 4:00 or 5:00, seeing as I have to get up at 7:00 for school, this is very frustrating. I’m not stressed but lie in bed hoping desperately to fall back to sleep, but more often mentally re-writing my work or someone else’s. I often come up with new ending for movies or new story threads for TV shows. It used to help me to do stretches or take a hot bath, once that stopped working normally if I lie very still and relax my muscles and then take deep breaths and mutter “1, 2, 3, ect.” I could fall asleep, now, I just get restless and end up flailing around. Please help me.

    • Ash Raven

      I forgot to add, I don’t eat right before bed, I haven’t remembered my dreams in awhile, I don’t normally realize I’ve fallen asleep until I wake up, ive tried hot and cold showers, Ive tried cuddling with stuffed animals and sleeping with no pillows or anything. I thought maybe it’s because I’m on the computer almost all day but I have to in order to do school. I’m also afraid of the dark but I can’t sleep with a night light on, I roll and kick a bunch and I used to be a really heavy sleeper, nothing could wake me up, now, any sudden noise or people having conversations wakes me up. I seriously have no idea what to do.

  17. Cristina

    Good day,
    Because of a noise which cannot be eliminated in my flat, I always sleep with a background of brown noise. I wonder if this can cause problems on long terms (i have the feeling my sleep is very light and weird). Thank you

  18. Monét

    Dear Mr. Sleep Doctor,

    I have recently started experiencing sleep paralysis. Although it only happens at my boyfriends house. I went through a lot of trauma as a kid due to my step dad, and I have PTSD from it. My boyfriend and I have only been together for 5 months, and sometimes my PTSD symptoms show in our relationship (not wanting to be touched, not feeling comfortable sometimes, scared even though nothing is wrong) do you think that staying the night at my boyfriends house could have anything to do with my sleep paralysis? Or do you have any advice to help me?

  19. Lauren Cooze

    I have been told by friends after stayung the night at their house that when I’m sleeping I’ll start flailing my limbs or I’ll punch them or kick them. There was one incident where I was sleeping in the same bed as one of my friends and I started flailing all four limbs wildly. Sort of like poubding my arms and legs against the bed. She said I was making a sort of steady moaning noise. According to her, it lasted about a minute and of course frightened the life out of her. I’m a 16 year old girl and I was wondering what causes this. Any information at all would be great. Thank you for your time.

  20. Lauren Cooze

    Adding on to my previous comment, I don’t wake up from the flailing and don’t remember even doing it or having any nightmares or anything that may have brought it on. I’m often tired and sluggish in the mornings and have been diagnosed with depression.

  21. Matthew

    I try to sleep at night but i end up falling asleep at 5 am and have to wake up at 7 am, then i am tired all day but the moment 5 pm hits i’m wide awake and cant fall asleep till 5 am. any ideas why.

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